Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN 47907
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Purdue University-Main Campus is a public institution in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is part of the Purdue University system that operates four campuses across the state. The main campus offers over 200 undergraduate majors and 69 graduate-level programs. The campus is located in the small city of West Lafayette, which is separated from larger Lafayette by the Wabash River. Purdue University is part of the Big Ten Conference and the intercollegiate sports teams are a big part of campus life. The university has earned various awards and recognition for their education programs. Most recently, Purdue University was listed as the 20th-best public university in the US, according to the 2017 Us News & World Report rankings.  

Undergraduate and graduate-level nursing programs are available at Purdue University-Main Campus through the Purdue School of Nursing. These CCNE-accredited programs include a traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, BSN to DNP, DNP, ADN, and MSN program. Upon completion of the BSN program, students are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam. The school also helps with job placement. A nursing career fair is held each year to give students the opportunity to meet potential employers. There is also an annual Health Careers Day sponsored by the University Placement Services. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students42,699
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate91%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 6 95
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 1
Master's degree 0 17
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 95.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1913 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
11/09/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/28/2006 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1150 to 1380
ACT25 to 31
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $60
Graduates $60

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$348/credit
In State Students$348/credit
Out of State Students$948/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$348/credit
In State Students$348/credit
Out of State Students$948/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $15,660 $15,660 $42,660
ADN 70 $24,360 $24,360 $66,360
BSN 125 $43,500 $43,500 $118,500
FNP 50 $17,400 $17,400 $47,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 66% of Purdue University-Main Campus's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 16% $4,348
Other Federal Grant 15% $1,469
State Grant & Scholarships 14% $7,346
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 43% $6,845
Federal Student Loans 34% $5,134
Private Loans 14% $8,214


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$5,019
$30,001 to $48,000$5,639
$48,001 to $75,000$9,071
$75,001 to $110,000$16,730
Over $110,000$21,159

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Indiana state board of nursing.
Purdue University-Main Campus
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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