In the year 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, John Purdue donated the land and money needed to establish a university in the state. Since then, Purdue University—named for its generous founder—has grown to encompass six campuses accommodating ten colleges. Purdue has also become an internationally known, world-class research institution and is consistently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
With over 211 excellent fields of study available to its students and a large emphasis on research, it is no wonder Purdue University is home to the fourth largest international student population in the United States. Their most highly regarded achievements in research are in the fields of engineering, agriculture, economics, education, science, technology, and environmental studies. Purdue is also famous for being the first university to establish a flight training program as well as the first university to introduce a four year bachelor’s degree program in aviation.
Their excellence in flight training and aviation naturally led to a focus in space travel. Because of this, Purdue University has almost become synonymous with space exploration as over one third of all manned space missions from the United States have contained at least one Purdue graduate. Their alumni list boasts 23 astronauts, including the world-famous Neil Armstrong—the first man to walk on the moon. Therefore, students of Purdue University join an elite rank of world-renowned alumni.
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