Progress in Diversity and Inclusion

In line with Purdue University’s mission as a public, state-supported land-grant institution with global impact is a demonstrated commitment to furthering the goals of diversity and inclusion. At Purdue, the term “diversity” refers to the various dimensions of identity across which individuals may vary. Some examples of these dimensions are included in the University’s Non-Discrimination Policy Statement (Amended 2010), which states:

“Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.” (Source: http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/ea_eou_statement.html)

The term “inclusion” refers to the proactive and persistent efforts we undertake to ensure that all members of the University community feel welcome and supported.

Progress in Diversity and Inclusion

Purdue University complies with various state and federal mandates to collect and make public certain types of information about our campus community. Below you will find data reflecting the racial, ethnic and gender breakdown of our campus population. Because the collection and reporting of information on other dimensions of identity (e.g., sexual orientation or religion) is either not mandated or prohibited by law, Purdue University does not solicit, maintain or publish this data.

The Advisory Committee on Diversity was established by the provost in Fall 2015 to help chart a course to improve student, faculty, and college staff diversity. The original ACD report and its related action items are available for viewing here. A progress update describing specific diversity initiatives and their impact, can be viewed at the link below.

Students

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Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016
Undergraduate
2 or more races 217 389 504 584 632 660 714
American Indian or Alaska Native 106 77 54 33 35 34 42
Asian 1,634 1,575 1,442 1,449 1,610 1,858 2,120
Black or African American 1,077 1,083 1,006 948 899 885 904
Hispanic/Latino 958 1,052 1,117 1,169 1,234 1,281 1,373
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 14 15 17 27 20 28 34
Unknown 573 601 642 543 520 657 791
White 22,837 21,440 20,391 19,706 19,023 18,861 18,932
International 3,420 4,544 4,974 4,981 5,282 5,233 5,133
Ethnic Minorities 4,006 4,191 4,140 4,210 4,430 4,746 5,187
Domestic Students1 27,416 26,232 25,173 24,459 23,973 24,264 24,910
Percent Minority Domestic 14.6% 16.0% 16.4% 17.2% 18.5% 19.6% 20.8%
Underrepresented Minority Domestic2 2,280 2,455 2,483 2,495 2,525 2,568 2,707
Percent Underrepresented Minority Domestic 8.3% 9.4% 9.9% 10.2% 10.5% 10.6% 10.9%
Professional
2 or more races 6 10 16 25 26 25 23
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 4 5 5 5 5 3
Asian 84 85 104 106 108 106 97
Black or African American 31 40 40 35 55 49 40
Hispanic/Latino 22 23 28 28 32 38 38
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 1 1 2 2 2 0
Unknown 85 46 23 14 17 27 53
White 655 684 697 698 679 660 666
International 26 31 32 28 23 26 27
Ethnic Minorities 144 163 194 201 228 225 201
Domestic Students1 884 893 914 913 924 912 920
Percent Minority Domestic 16.3% 18.3% 21.2% 22.0% 24.7% 24.7% 21.8%
Underrepresented Minority Domestic2 59 75 84 86 109 107 91
Percent Underrepresented Minority Domestic 6.7% 8.4% 9.2% 9.4% 11.8% 11.7% 9.9%
Graduate
2 or more races 31 57 79 86 100 125 153
American Indian or Alaska Native 24 21 18 19 15 18 20
Asian 297 291 294 332 339 354 378
Black or African American 269 248 238 246 232 249 293
Hispanic/Latino 202 219 248 266 274 307 344
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2 4 5 7 8 9 9
Unknown 213 190 161 164 160 188 169
White 3,627 3,548 3,564 3,594 3,665 3,753 3,952
International 3,315 3,359 3,556 3,693 3,775 3,971 4,143
Ethnic Minorities 825 840 882 956 968 1,062 1,197
Domestic Students1 4,665 4,578 4,607 4,714 4,793 5,003 5,318
Percent Minority Domestic 17.7% 18.3% 19.1% 20.3% 20.2% 21.2% 22.5%
Underrepresented Minority Domestic2 514 518 549 588 585 654 747
Percent Underrepresented Minority Domestic 11.0% 11.3% 11.9% 12.5% 12.2% 13.1% 14.0%
Total
Ethnic Minorities 4,975 5,194 5,216 5,367 5,626 6,033 6,585
Domestic Students1 32,965 31,703 30,694 30,086 29,690 30,179 31,148
Percent Minority Domestic 15.1% 16.4% 17.0% 17.8% 18.9% 20.0% 21.1%
Underrepresented Minority Domestic2 2,853 3,048 3,116 3,169 3,219 3,329 3,545
Percent Underrepresented Minority Domestic 8.7% 9.6% 10.2% 10.5% 10.8% 11.0% 11.4%

1Domestic Students is calculated by taking the Total Enrollment headcount minus the International student headcout.

2Underrepresented Minority includes any indication of American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, including a break out of those from the Two or More Races category.

Source: Office of Enrollment Management

Faculty and Staff

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Source: Human Resource Services

For more data, please visit the Purdue Data Digest website.

For information about Equal Access/Equal Opportunity or Affirmative Action programs, visit the Office of Institutional Equity website.

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