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Is purdue ivy league

mikefitzmikefitz Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
edited January 2006 in College Admissions
I'm from Indiana and considering going to an Ivy league school for engineering or technology after I graduate from high school. When asking various people about potential engineering schools, Purdue always comes up. What I hear from one person is that it's Ivy league. Another tells me it's public, but rated up with Ivy league schools.

Should I study engineering/technology at Purdue, or will it's questionable ivy league status not live up to the likes of MIT or other prestigious schools?

One thing to keep in mind, is my in-state cost for Purdue will be heavily discounted. I am definitely weighing this in as a factor for my final decision.
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Replies to: Is purdue ivy league

  • juzam_djinnjuzam_djinn Registered User Posts: 656 Member
    purdue is not an ivy, and its not quite on the level of an ivy...
    it used to be highly regarded as an engineering school, but recently its prestige has gone down a bit

    while its still really good, its nowhere near hypsm (no offense)
  • onsilverwingsonsilverwings Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    Sorry, but Purdue is not Ivy League. The Ivy League schools are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Brown, Cornell, and Columbia.

    See above comments for more assistance. :)
  • hopefulbruinhopefulbruin Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    It's a very good Engineering school, and ranked higher than some Ivy League schools in that department.

    But, no. Unless I'm sadly mistaken, it is not an Ivy League school.
  • dufus3709dufus3709 Registered User Posts: 3,052 Senior Member
    People are going to make fun of you for not knowing what the Ivy League schools are. They are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, and University of Pennsylvania. The name "Ivy League" is historical and comes from the fact that these schools are all in the Northeast and share a sports league. They are all good schools, of course. There are other schools that are just as good such as MIT, Stanford, Duke, UChicago, Carnegie Mellon, and a few others.

    The bible of college prestigiousness is US News and World Report. Purdue is not in the same category as the schools listed above. Purdue is a great school, though, and there is a lot of discussion in some quarters about the value of spending the big bucks for a fancy name school versus just going to a great school that doesn't have the big name. Probably more people have heard of Purdue than some of the ivies because Purdue has a sports team. There are about 3500 four-year colleges in the US.
  • PongoPongo Registered User Posts: 1,069 Senior Member
    woo sorry nevermind.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,409 Senior Member
    The Ivy League is a sports league, and the last time I checked Purdue played in the Big 10, so the answer to your query is NO. However, Purdue does have an outstanding engineering program. According to USNews, Purdue is tied for #8 in undergrad engineering (with Cornell and Carnegie Mellon). MIT is #1, followed by Stanford and Cal (tied), Cal Tech and Illinois (tied for 4th), Georgia Tech and Michigan (tied for 6th).

    Hope this helps.
  • happyggalhappyggal Registered User Posts: 686 Member
    of course it's an ivy league. ;)
  • friendofdarwinfriendofdarwin Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    Purdue is great for engineering, but if you really want to go to an actual Ivy League school with good engineering, check out Cornell and Princeton.
  • PongoPongo Registered User Posts: 1,069 Senior Member
    although it's sorta late for that, considering the deadline for most schools was like...yesterday.
  • dufus3709dufus3709 Registered User Posts: 3,052 Senior Member
    Purdue is listed by USNWR as #60 on the list of National universities and #21 on the list of Public Universities. Refer to:

    Stating it briefly: Provided your parents have a combined family income of less than about $100K per year, you may qualify for a lot of need-based financial assistance from the college you are accepted to. Sometimes this can make a private school actually cheaper than a public school with a much lower tuition. There are two kind of safety schools: academic safeties and financial safeties.

    If you are a graduating senior, you need to hurry up. A lot of schools did have admission deadlines of January 1st.
  • mikefitzmikefitz Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    "People are going to make fun of you for not knowing what the Ivy League schools are."

    Sure, I could see that happening, but like I said I've heard people say it is ivy leage. Look at the first reply to my topic.

    So basically Purdue is a public school, but rated Above ivy leagues in certain categories? seems odd to me. thanks for the info
  • beachybeachy Registered User Posts: 428 Member
    Mikefitz - anyone who's telling you that Purdue is an Ivy League school is flat out wrong - it never has been part of that group. I don't know if I'd be asking those people for any more advice about colleges, if they are that far off the mark about something so simple.
  • Roger_DooleyRoger_Dooley Founder Posts: 106,392 Senior Member
    Purdue has an outstanding reputation for engineering, and its name is recognized around the world. As an Indiana resident, you are fortunate - IU Bloomington and Purdue are outstanding universities, and some other state campuses have very strong programs in specific disciplines. If you want to major in engineering, Purdue should definitely be on your short list of prospects - you'll combine in-state tuition with a program that attracts students from around the world.

    In addition, if you have the superb stats that the Ivies and other elites demand, you'll probably qualify for major merit aid at Purdue. Check out the Lilly scholarship, too, which offers a full ride to Indiana colleges for Indiana students. (You might put Notre Dame on your list, too, if you think you have a shot at a Lilly award - a free ride would be a great way to attend that school.)

    If you are considering Ivies and similar, mikefitz, you'll want to spend some time reading here as well as reading some admissions books - great stats are just the price of a lottery ticket at these schools; you'll need some other factors going for you too. Good luck!
  • PongoPongo Registered User Posts: 1,069 Senior Member
    "Sure, I could see that happening, but like I said I've heard people say it is ivy leage. Look at the first reply to my topic."

    I think they were kidding...
  • 2331clk2331clk Registered User Posts: 1,656 Senior Member

    the average person on the street can't rattle off the names of the 8 ivy league schools, not even close. Most people (not cc) haven't even heard of some of them, and they have no clue the ivy league is actually an athletic conference.

    So they use ivy league almost as a generic term for "a very good school", even a regional school. To a midwesterner Purdue can be 'the best' esp since they know it for sports too. Same way people might think Notre Dame is an ivy.
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