Purdue University 2012 Application Essay

Located in West Lafayette, IN, Purdue University is a public research university that attracts large numbers of in-state and out-of-state students, as well as international students around the world. In fact, it has the fourth largest international student population in the U.S. Want to know why Purdue is so popular? Check out these 10 fun facts!

1. “Wanna be on top?” Keith Carlos, the winner of ANTM Season 21 and an active model, is a Purdue graduate! He graduated with a degree in business administration, and was the starting wide receiver for the Purdue Boilmakers.

Bonus fun fact: He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and retired after playing with NY Giants due to an injury.

2. Wouldn’t it be great if your university had an airport? Well, Purdue does! It is the first university-owned airport in the U.S.

3. Can you imagine watching a movie without popcorn? Orville Redenbacher, founder of the popcorn that bears his name, graduated from Purdue in 1928 with a degree in Agronomy.

Bonus fun fact: He was also on the Purdue Marching Band and track team!

4. Purdue University is well known for its aerospace program. In fact, it is the first university in the world to offer a 4-year bachelor’s degree in Aviation.

5. Purdue also has good reputation among the space exploration community. Gus Grissom, one of the first men in space, and first & last men on the moon, were all Purdue Alumni! 

6. Know what a rivalry trophy is? The Old Oaken Bucket is a rivalry trophy that the Indiana Hoosiers and the Purdue Boilmaker football team compete for. It goes as far back as 1891! 

7. Purdue has so many things stored away, including Hugh Hefner’s famous Playboy DC-9 aircraft, which is leased from Purdue and stored there permanently.  

8. The famous Amelia Earhart continues to inspire many students at Purdue, as she did 1935, when served as a “Counselor on Careers for Women”.

9. The fact that Purdue university has an airport is already pretty crazy, but it’s actually the second largest airport in Indiana! 

10. The Old Oaken Bucket isn’t the only rivalry trophy the Purdue Boilmakers compete for. There’s also the Cannon Trophy that symbolizes the rivalry between Illinois and Purdue.

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Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.




Purdue University is proud to be one of a select group of partner colleges and universities affiliated with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation to provide not only scholarships to high-achieving undergraduate students, but also assist in providing access to a variety of academic enrichment opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of Roe and Penny Stamps, Purdue established the Stamps Scholarship in 2011, with the first awardees beginning their enrollment in the fall semester. At Purdue, students who are selected to participate in the Stamps Scholars Program are among the country’s top students, distinguishing themselves academically and as leaders in their communities. Purdue Stamps Scholars enroll in the Honors College in addition to their home disciplinary college.

At Purdue, the Stamps Scholarship covers the full educational costs of a bachelor’s degree and provides up to $10, 000 enrichment funds to cover expenses for summer research internships, professional academic conferences to present research poster, Purdue study abroad programs and unpaid internships or co-ops.

Ranked among the nation’s top public universities, Purdue is a vibrant, international institution recognized for academic excellence, meaningful research and graduate achievement. With alumni around the world, Purdue’s students and graduates enjoy a global network of leaders in science, technology, business, education, healthcare and more.

Admission Process for the Stamps Scholarship
Purdue University uses the Common Application or the Coalition Application for admission purposes.

To qualify as a Purdue candidate for the Stamps Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Apply for admission to Purdue West Lafayette as an entering first-time freshman by November 1st.
  • Indicate your interest in the Honors College on your Purdue Common Application or CoalitionApplication before the November 1 Early Action deadline. Purdue then will send an email indicating that your Honors College application is available via your Purdue application portal.

A preliminary holistic evaluation of Purdue candidates will be based upon their admissions application and a select number of students will be invited to apply for several of Purdue’s prestigious merit awards, including the Stamps Scholarship.

To read more about the Stamps Scholarships at Purdue, click here.

For more information about the Stamps Scholarship at Purdue, please contact the Honors College at honorscollege@purdue.edu or 765.494.2929.

Website: www.honors.purdue.edu

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