May 8, 2017

Purdue projects largest, most diverse incoming class in years

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University expects its incoming beginning class in 2017 to be the largest in recent years, including the most Indiana residents in a freshman class since 2008. The projections are based on the number of admitted students who paid their admissions deposit by the May 1 commitment date.

“A Purdue education continues to be in great demand,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “We are thrilled that so many students in Indiana and beyond have made the excellent decision to attend one of the best institutions in the world; one with a rigorous education and a commitment to affordability and accessibility.”

Pam Horne, vice provost for enrollment management, said the 2016 incoming class set a record for underrepresented minorities and this year’s class is on track to exceed that by a large margin. In addition, the number of deposits is up significantly for Indiana residents, and Horne expects the academic profile to continue to set records, with higher ACT scores and grade-point averages than any previous year.

“We continue to see increased attention from students in Indiana and around the world due to the positive Purdue story, including our focus on affordability and lowering the cost of attendance,” Horne said. “I can’t say enough about the efforts of those throughout the West Lafayette campus who work so hard to tell that story and help us attract the outstanding students who will be attending Purdue this fall.”

Purdue recently announced an additional extension of its freeze on tuition through the 2018-19 academic year, meaning that at least four entering classes will complete their Purdue education without seeing a tuition increase. Also, the total cost of attendance continues to be lower than it was in 2012, with lower room and board rates and significant discounts on books and supplies through the university’s Amazon partnership.

Contact: Pam Horne, 765-494-9116,

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