Whether you are a prospective student or a current student at Purdue University, it is time to realize what a remarkable place this campus is and what it has to offer. First off, Purdue is a very reputable institution. (I’m going to try to talk to you based off of personal ties and experiences, rather than listing off a long list of numbers someone put online). I worked at a dentist office this past summer where I met a very successful lawyer who was getting his teeth cleaned. I mentioned to him that I was a student down at Purdue University. Instantly the lawyer lit up in the dentist chair. For the rest of what little time we had together, this lawyer kept going on about Purdue and its ‘national rankings’. Interestingly enough, he told me that some states actually consider Purdue as an Ivy League school (especially the ones closer to the west coast). Purdue has certainly put its name out there in the world and will help you where ever you may go.
Secondly, you have to realize that Purdue has a place for everyone. Purdue offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 masters and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. I have learned that a lot of high school students don’t even bother to apply to Purdue, because they think it is strictly for engineering. Purdue’s engineering program is quite a large program and is very well known. However Purdue is nationally ranked for other programs as well. Did you know that Purdue holds the second largest program for statistics in the country? Also, Purdue’s program for Occupational Health Science is one of the only programs in the country that is ABET- Accredited (or Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). There are plenty of other programs within Purdue that hold very high ranked titles.
Lastly, I just want to touch on Purdue’s sense of community. It is quite intimidating showing up to Purdue your freshmen year. I mean, who wouldn’t be? You are about to embark on a journey with a school size of 40,000 students. Well stress not! Once you get over the fact that you are living amongst a high population of kids your age, you really start to have fun! You’ll begin to meet people that share the same interests and personalities as you, and the rest is history. I just want to leave you with an important piece of advice. Change is hard. I am a person that absolutely hates change. However it is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I believe there is a solid white line that you can always push forward when it comes to your experiences and change, and as you move that line, you are gaining tremendous lessons in life.
— Mike Schwuchow, Junior, Preprofessional Health Sciences – Pre-Dentistry