My daughter is a junior chem e at Purdue.
She loved everything about campus from her very first visit. She said the students were “her people” - the right combination, for her, of smart, collaborative, friendly, and happy. She also loved the STEM focus and that resources, new buildings, and the campus layout were centered around engineering.
She also loved the FYE program and that she would be an “engineer” from day 1. She is in honors college so her FYE was a bit different because it integrated physics and CS into the course. She said it was both the most challenging and most rewarding course she took as a Freshman. She learned a TON! Engineering advising was also fabulous.
Purdue students return to campus next week. They are doing tours but in a very limited way with no access indoors. It’s unfortunate because the engineering specific tour was great when we took it. That said, I believe
it’s available online. If you can swing a visit, go when school is in session.
Stats for accepted students for the College of Engineering are higher than the average listed for the university as a whole. You can look up last year’s accepted class thread on CC to see the stats of students accepted/rejected. I believe my D’s year, the average GPA for the incoming class was 3.9, and a 32 ACT. Acceptance rate was in the high 30%. For students wanting to study CS in the College of Science, it’s even more competitive but they don’t have a secondary process for acceptance to the major. (All FYEs need to to transition to their major after freshman year and popular majors require higher GPA thresholds. Here is a link to that process: Transition to Major - School of Engineering Education - Purdue University)
Purdue has experienced planned growth under President Mitch Daniels. They’ve built two new dorms since my D arrived on campus.
PS. My D is on the outreach committee of SWE and talks to prospective women engineering students all the time. If your daughter would like to talk to a student, private message me and I can provide my D’s contact information. She’s on co-op this semester but is still actively involved with SWE.