About Purdue University Global
Innovative Education for Working Adults
Building on Purdue's mission to provide greater access to affordable, high-quality education, Purdue University Global is a public, nonprofit institution that offers a world-class education online.
We are dedicated to adult students who need flexibility to fit learning into their busy lives, making it possible to achieve a degree from a school within the respected Purdue University system—from anywhere in the world. Our innovative approach to teaching and modern curriculum give you the skills you need to make an immediate impact on your career and the edge to compete in this fast-changing world economy.
We understand that working adults approach learning differently than traditional college-aged students. You have years of experience and knowledge. You know how you want to learn and have a clear vision of what you want to achieve. You also have real responsibilities and need meaningful skills that will help you get ahead.
Our mission is simple. Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals.
Purdue Global is Part of the Renowned Purdue University System
Purdue West Lafayette was founded in 1869 as Indiana’s land-grant institution. The Purdue University system serves students through its flagship campus in West Lafayette, a network of regional campuses and technology centers across Indiana, and now Purdue Global, which can be accessed online at any time.
Purdue's main campus in West Lafayette is one of the most prestigious research universities in the world. It routinely ranks highly in accredited national and world university rankings like the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education for its distinguished academic programs.* These rankings demonstrate Purdue’s commitment to providing higher education at the highest proven value.
In April 2017, Purdue reinforced its status as one of the world's most innovative universities by announcing it would acquire Kaplan University, a longtime leader in online adult education, and create a new, public institution—which is now Purdue Global.
The Purdue Boilermakers have a long history of athletic achievement and are another proud part of the University’s tradition. Today, Purdue competes in the Big Ten Conference—the preeminent collection of institutions in the nation—and fields 18 intercollegiate athletics teams, including football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, wrestling, swimming and diving, track and field, golf, and tennis. Purdue Fort Wayne competes in Division I athletics as the Mastodons and Purdue Northwest competes in Division II as the Pride.
Flexibility Built Around the Needs of Adult StudentsWhen it comes to balancing a career, family, and school, we know that flexibility is key. That's why we put you in control of your education, offering innovative learning options that let you choose what, how, and where you learn. Our Advisors work closely with you to understand your personal learning needs. They also evaluate your academic, professional, or military experiences to give you credit for what you already know. Together, we'll determine the fastest, most affordable path to your degree and career.
Learn 100% online from anywhere in the world. You can also visit one of our regional locations to take advantage of local, onsite support and services.
- Enjoy interactive live seminars in our virtual classroom.
- Meet with your instructor and classmates from around the world to review and discuss important weekly topics.
- Experience course materials and collaborative tools that provide the best elements of any traditional, campus-based instructional approach.
If you're a self-motivated student with college credits and/or career experience, our ExcelTrack™ online programs allow you to use your experience to earn your degree faster and for less money.†
- Leverage your knowledge and skills to speed past the topics you already know.
- Spend time only on subjects you still need to learn.
- Move at your own pace.
- Take as many classes as you want each term, all for one flat tuition rate.
Open College at Purdue Global
Open College provides access to free and low-cost open, online resources that can help you translate your work or life experience into credit at Purdue Global. This individualized approach to education integrates technology and personalized support to help you maximize your experience and meet your academic and career goals affordably.
There are three primary avenues to earn credit toward an Open College degree:
- Prior learning assessment
- Open courses from any institution (MOOCs)
- Purdue Global courses
Combining Excellence With Accessibility
Part of the respected Purdue University system, Purdue Global has the same institutional accreditation and commitment to high academic standards.
We stand by the quality of our education and believe you should have the opportunity to try our classes before you owe any tuition. You can experience an undergraduate program for an introductory 3-week period to see if online learning is right for you. That's the Purdue Global Commitment.‡
Choose from 180 online programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, with courses taught by professors who are practicing professionals in their fields. Areas of study include some of today's most in-demand fields such as business, criminal justice, information technology, legal studies, nursing, public administration, and psychology.
Purdue Global is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This accreditation covers our academic programs, all branch campuses, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit the HLC website at HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.
We work with students just like you every day who are juggling work and family responsibilities while pursuing their education. By looking at every student individually, we ensure you will never be alone on your educational journey. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are here with you every step of the way to help you achieve your goals, providing one-on-one mentoring and personalized assistance on everything from coursework to career searches.
Our full range of services include:
- Individual educational advising
- Hands-on learning through our interactive online classroom
- No-cost tutoring in math, science, and writing
- An official competency report that lets you show employers your work-related skills and readiness to contribute on day one
- Comprehensive career counselling services before and after graduation including career planning, job searching, networking, and more
This is an education that doesn’t require you to choose between a high-quality, highly respected university and one that provides you with the flexibility you require as an adult student. A Purdue Global education gives you both, preparing you with the skills you need to gain a competitive edge today and the tools to adapt as a leader and innovator tomorrow.
Innovative and Practical Education
We are the University for working adults within the Purdue University system and look forward to offering you, whether you live in Indiana or around the world, an innovative and practical education tailored specifically to you—your career goals, your experiences, and your pace.
Dr. Betty Vandenbosch
Chancellor, Purdue University Global
*Top Public University Rankings: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/united-states/2018. Rankings apply to Purdue University West Lafayette and not to Purdue Global.
†ExcelTrackTM is available for select programs.
‡Classes count toward a degree if satisfactorily completed. No credits are earned if the student withdraws during the introductory period (3 weeks for new qualifying undergraduate students), which begins day one of the first term. Students who choose to continue their studies at Purdue Global will need to meet specific requirements. Graduate programs not included. Additional terms may apply to international and non-U.S. citizen students. For further information, see the University Catalog.