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How Does This Work?

SLightManifestoSLightManifesto Registered User Posts: 2,161 Senior Member
edited March 2010 in Purdue University
Purdue is a Top 10 Computer Science/Computer Engineering/Engineering in general school, yet it accepts 72% of applicants, it's middle50 SAT is between 1510 and 1870, and the average HS GPA is 3.5.

I don't get it - how can a school which accepts such poor applicants be ranked ahead of all these tougher-entrance schools? It's a massive turnoff (the type of students they accept), but look at the education ranks. How does it work out like this?
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Replies to: How Does This Work?

  • youwiththefaceyouwiththeface Registered User Posts: 209 Junior Member
    Admission isn't just numbers, I'm guessing.
  • einstein10einstein10 Registered User Posts: 158 Junior Member
    well, the school of engineering middle 50 act is 28-32 which equates to a much higher sat score than you have reported above. also, yes, the school is weak outside of science and engineering. with that being said, the scores of those who don't transfer out of engineering are much higher than the admitted since engineering encompasses some of the most rigorous coursework offered at the undergraduate level. i'm sure if you stick it out for four years of purdue engineering, you will be surrounded by some high-caliber students who are motivated and do very well
  • SLightManifestoSLightManifesto Registered User Posts: 2,161 Senior Member
    Gotcha, that makes sense einstein10. You say the middle 50 ACT is 28-32, but where did you find those numbers? I'm looking all over cs.purdue.edu, ece.purdue.edu, and engineering.purdue.edu . I can't find those stats.
  • einstein10einstein10 Registered User Posts: 158 Junior Member
    they gave us those stats when i visited in april of 2009
  • EuroBoilerMakerEuroBoilerMaker Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    Also, there's a joke that goes around at Purdue Engineering: "It's easy to get in, it's hard to get an actual degree". Even admission in Engineering isn't that incredibly hard (I got in :P ). But the coursework is incredibly hard and many students do eventually transfer out of it
  • Grcxx3Grcxx3 Registered User Posts: 2,072 Senior Member
    "It's a massive turnoff (the type of students they accept)"

    With that kind of attitude - you're bound to have an interesting life. Good luck to you, you'll need it.
  • kashc2kashc2 Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    einstein is correct but purdue has a good business school as well. engineering just over shadows the other schools so they arent recognized. My bro did mechanical engineering at purdue, graduated in 4 years with a 3.0. He told me that a person better be ready if they;re going to major in engineering, it demands lot of time and dedication.
  • BalthezarBalthezar Registered User Posts: 1,650 Senior Member
    Grcxx3, how did the visit go?
  • Grcxx3Grcxx3 Registered User Posts: 2,072 Senior Member
    Balthezar - haven't gotten a full report. They get back this afternoon, so after a good "de-briefing" I will post on the other thread.
  • baseballnerdbaseballnerd Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    the average SAT for this 2006 freshman engineering class was 1262. Considering that engineering weeds out a whole lot of these students, you can see why Purdue gets a quite high ranking. Dont come in thinking because you got in that you can get a degree, you have to work your butt off for it.

    https://engineering.purdue.edu/ENE/AboutUs/FactsAndFigures/
  • lluahslluahs Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    The saying goes, "Its hard to get in and even harder to get out". Its a public school so they cant be as snobby with admissions as say MIT.
  • SLightManifestoSLightManifesto Registered User Posts: 2,161 Senior Member
    Do you guys think the Computer Science school is as selective? I take it you apply to the school right? Not the college in general (so you put on your application: applying to school of Engineering and they send you back something saying In to School of Engineering OR In to Purdue but Rejected at School of Engineering).
  • msl2008msl2008 Registered User Posts: 307 Junior Member
    slightmanifesto....i thought the same thing when i first got into purdue...needless to say, i think about 2/3 of the people who start their first day as a freshman end up getting a degree from purdue in 6 years...and most of these aren't even in the majors they started in.

    out of the people i knew at purdue, i would say about 20-25% actually got a degree in their major. the rest either transferred to another school or transferred to another major or just failed out of college. so if you say it's a turnoff for them to accept so many people, just know that you could easily be one of those people who fails to get a degree from purdue. my freshman year, everyone was telling me how they were an engineering major. by my soph year, half of those people had either failed out or switched to another major. by my jr year, the half that made it thru frosh year engineering switched to another major. so yeah...that's why purdue graduates are actually valued in the workplace...b/c the ones who get thru the curriculum are the cream of the crop. ditto with a management major to a lesser extent. pharmacy ranks up there with engineering. liberal arts degree from purdue is very easy in my opinion.
  • littlefallslittlefalls Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    slightmanifesto: If you are engineering....go to U of Michigan or U of IL for much more diverse, competitive and higher ranked student body, but OOS is very costly...Purdue is considered a bigger bang for the buck???
  • littlefallslittlefalls Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    balthezar, haven't seen you around on U Mich lately....has your s made his decision? How did your visits go? Have you ruled out MICH?? We are still anxiously awaiting the scholarship and fin aid package. All the best!!
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