History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 1876, Purdue University Northwest in West Lafayette, Indiana has a population of 45,869. Students from nearly 130 countries and all the 50 states of the USA make up the campus population. Purdue University is the fourth largest university in the country with the highest number of international students. In 2016, on September 27, the university gained provisional acceptance into the NCAA Division II ranks as a provisional member of the GLIAC. The university later became a full-time NCAA D-II member of the GLIAC in the 2019-20 academic year. The University is placed at 105th position in global universities rankings by Times Higher Education. According to Times Higher Education, Purdue University Northwest has the World Reputation Rank of between 71-80 in 2022. It was also ranked third in startup creation in an IP Watchdog Institute report. 127th in Global University's ranking by US News & World Report and 51st in global research reputation, according to US News Rankings for 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Purdue University had 6 buildings on campus, out of which there is only 1 University Hall (UNIV) building remaining. The construction of the 'The Main Building,' began in 1871 where Smith Hall presently stands. The work was paused as the University purchased land north of State Street. Hence, the final construction started in the Fall of 1874. The building was used as a classroom and the University's first library. The main campus offers more than 200 majors Under Graduate, and over 70 Post Graduate and Doctoral programs. Professional degrees in pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and doctor of nursing practice. Purdue University also has 18 intercollegiate sports teams. The campus contains more than 900 student organisations.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Purdue University is the founding member of the Big Ten Conference. The university also enrols the largest student body in Indiana as well as the ninth-largest foreign student population. Purdue University alumni are recognised in various range of areas. The Alumni pool holds over 15,000 United States patents. Including Gus Grissom, America's second man in space and first to fly in NASA's Gemini program, Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the Moon, and Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to do so. Approx one-third of all of NASA's crewed space missions have at least one Purdue graduate.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The university campus is very diverse with many students coming from different parts of the world to this particular university and making it the fourth largest university in the country that accommodates a high number of students from approx 180 countries. The campus conducts various placements programs at different intervals of time that give the students the opportunity to get jobs in the industry. Such programs are conducted with the collaboration of various local and international companies that also visit the campus various times in the academic year to provide industry experience to the students.