WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University has its largest enrollment on record this fall.
This semester, 40,451 students are on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, an increase of more than 1,000 from last year.
“Everyone here is just so nice to everyone, and everyone wants to get involved, and there’s just so much to do always,” sophomore Catherine Berger said.
Vice provost of enrollment management Pam Horne said the last time enrollment was above 40,000 was in 2008.
“Right now, about three-quarters of those 40,000 students are undergraduates and the rest are graduate and professional students,” Horne said.
Out of the total enrollment, 7,200 are incoming freshmen. This marks the largest freshmen class in a decade.
Freshman Luke Persic said he’s glad to be a part of the Class of 2020.
“I’m proud to call myself a Boilermaker and that in four years, I’m going to be proud to call myself an alumni,” Persic said.
Horne said this semester’s freshmen are the most academically prepared class the university has had.
“What we pay attention to more than anything is the rigor of the courses the student has taken in high school, as well as their grades in those core academic classes,” said Horne. “That’s more meaningful to us than a single test score or a transcript GPA.”
With a large freshmen class, comes diversity. Incoming freshmen represent 48 different states and 68 countries.
“There’s tons of different students here, just meeting different types of people in all the different clubs around campus. There’s definitely a wide range,” senior Cailey Daluga said.
Horne added, “We want all of our students to benefit from meeting students from all over the world.”
She said the ultimate goal is to provide the best educational experience for Boilers.
“Our students are successful, and we look for credentials that tell us they will be successful,” Horne said. “And so many more of our students can hit the ground running.”
Horne said there are plans to gradually increase undergraduate enrollment to 31,000, while staying within capacity for housing and class sizes.