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1. How hard is it? Like really hard? Or really really hard?
It really comes down to time management. Your professors will never give you something they know you can’t handle. While some classes are harder than others, resources exist for all of them. Between office hours, help rooms, supplementary instruction classes, teammates, and most importantly YouTube, you’ll all do great! There is plenty of time for clubs and socializing, just plan your days ahead of time and don’t waste hours on reddit.
2. Is it better for engineering than other schools in the area?
It really comes down to what you’re looking for. Purdue is a large university with a lot of potential. With over 80,000 alumni, there are lots of people in industry looking to hire people from their own alma mater. This is HUGELY advantageous when you’re looking for a job. Purdue’s reputation for teaching engineering well is known worldwide.
3. What’s a co-op and why should that make me want to go to Purdue?
A co-op is like an ongoing internship. You toggle back and forth between going to school and working for a company (always the same company). This does extend your graduation date, but it means by the time you graduate, you will have 2 years of experience working for a company. The whole time you’re working you’re making money – and good money at that (somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 per work term). That kind of experience with a company will make you more attractive to them when it comes time for graduation. If you choose to change industries, it will also make you look more appealing to other companies. Purdue’s program is well developed with companies that come every February to hire more Purdue engineers into their programs. Below is an image that explains how the terms work.
4. Are the classes so big you can’t learn? Exactly what are the class sizes like?
Some of the lectures in your freshman year can get up to 300 people. That being said, those large classes will always be paired with a smaller recitation class. These classes are led by graduate TA’s that know the material very well and only have 20-30 students in them. Recitation is a great time to ask any lingering questions as you practice the material learned in lecture. As you get older, class sizes do get smaller too.
5. Do you feel like a number?
Yes and no. I know my student ID like the back of my hand, but as long as you put in the effort to get to know your teachers, they’ll know you. Especially when you get to senior year, when class sizes have gotten smaller. A friend of mine once said on a tour, “It’s easy to make a big school feel smaller, but hard to make a small school feel bigger.” So it’s really all about perspective.
6. Is it too cold there?
It’s sure cold, but we have warm hearts. The key is in the layers.
7. What’s the graduation rate?
In engineering, 90% of students successfully transition from freshman to sophomore year. From freshman year to graduation there is a 60% retention rate, which is higher than the national average! Woohoo boiler up!
8. Can I start out at a Mechanical Engineer right away?
All engineers here start out as First Year Engineers. This is great because it gives you a year to change your mind without committing to anything. I changed my theoretical major 4 times freshman year. Trust me, it’s an advantage. You still can test out of classes required for your freshman year, with AP’s and IB classes (there’s a database online if you google it), but those first two semesters, you’ll still be a freshman engineer.
9. What AP classes transfer?
Here is the link I mentioned above!
My recommendation (note the word opinion) is that you should always take the credit when you can. Some advisors will tell you that you should retake classes you could skip because you already know the material and that it’ll make your semester easier. No – it will probably make you complacent in that class since you “already know”. And that class here is probably harder than the one in high school.
10. What do Purdue Engineers do for fun?
We do lots of things! With over 1000 clubs on campus, we are never bored. Run Club, intramural sports, Dr. Who Club, Boiler Steam (tour guides), band, Society of Women in Engineering, FYESAC (first year engineering student advisory council), GroupX and many many more.
On top of clubs, there’s a lot to do in the area. A movie theater is within walking distance, Indianapolis is a short drive, and Chicago is a long drive. The city of Lafayette itself has lots of cute restaurants and shops.
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