Purdue Global Facts: World-Class Education Online


Purdue Global is a public, nonprofit university focused on providing a personalized online learning experience. To learn more about our students and institution view our infographic. 

World-Class Education Online

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.

Our Students

  • Percentage of students over the age of 30: 63%
  • Percentage of female students: 71%
  • Percentage of military-affi­liated students: 29%
  • Percentage of students who had neither parent attend college: 54%
  • Percentage of students who have a child or other dependent: 67%

Our Institution

  • Number of faculty: 1,800
  • Number of programs: 180+
  • Number of alumni: approximately 130,000
  • Number of students enrolled: approximately 29,000
  • Number of degrees awarded: 9,000

Purdue Global Commitment

With the Purdue Global Commitment, first-time undergraduate students can try our classes before they owe any tuition. We stand behind the quality of our education and believe students should have the opportunity to experience real classes for real credits before making a decision. Those who withdraw during the trial period have no financial obligation to the University.

Quote From JoAnn Brouillette, Malcolm DeKryger, Michael Klipsch, and Don Thompson

“But in truth, considering the determination of these adult learners to advance their education and further their careers despite balancing jobs and families and numerous other obstacles, it’s the rest of us in the Purdue system who should be proud to be affi­liated with them. And we should be proud that Purdue University, once again, is leading the land-grant mission into the modern era.”

Published in the Indy Star, June 19, 2018. JoAnn Brouillette, Malcolm DeKryger, Michael Klipsch, and Don Thompson serve on the Purdue University Board of Trustees.

Our Students Perform Better Than Those in Other ACBSP-Accredited Bachelor's Programs

Inbound Score

  • Purdue Global: 39.39
  • ACBSP: 43.02
  • Score Difference: -3.63
  • Percent Difference: -8.4%

Outbound Score

  • Purdue Global: 57.61
  • ACBSP: 54.19
  • Score Difference: 3.42
  • Percent Difference: 6.3%

Score Improvement

  • Purdue Global: 18.22
  • ACBSP: 11.7

Percent Improvement

  • Purdue Global: 46.3%
  • ACBSP: 26.0%

Source: Peregrine Academic Services. ACBSP, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. 

Outcomes Surpass National Average (% Employed and Knowledge Rate)

Associate’s Degree Graduates

Knowledge Rate

  • Purdue Global 2017 Class Knowledge Rate: 92%
  • NACE Overall Average 2017 Class Knowledge Rate: 64%

Percentage Employed

  • Purdue Global 2017 Class Percentage Employed: 94%
  • NACE Overall Average 2017 Class Percentage Employed: 87%

Bachelor’s Degree Graduates

Knowledge Rate

  • Purdue Global 2017 Class Knowledge Rate: 94%
  • NACE Overall Average 2017 Class Knowledge Rate: 65%

Percentage Employed

  • Purdue Global 2017 Class Percentage Employed: 92%
  • NACE Overall Average 2017 Class Percentage Employed: 84%

Master’s Degree Graduates

Knowledge Rate

  • Purdue Global 2017 Class Knowledge Rate: 93%
  • NACE Overall Average 2017 Class Knowledge Rate: 57%

Percentage Employed

  • Purdue Global 2017 Class Percentage Employed: 91%
  • NACE Overall Average 2017 Class Percentage Employed: 89%

Source: Purdue Global Office of Employer and Career Services. Our definition of "employed" is the NACE First Destination "Career Outcomes Rate." This is described as the percentage of graduates who fall into the following categories: (1) employed full time, (2) employed part time, (3) participating in a program of voluntary service, (4) serving in the U.S. armed forces, or (5) enrolled in a program of continuing education. Knowledge rate defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ postgraduation career activities.

Transfer, Experiential, Challenge Exam, and Assessment Credits Save Students Time and Money

Number of Credits Awarded in the 2017-2018 Academic Year: 714,033

Average Cost of Degree

  • Associate’s Degree: $17,000
  • Bachelor’s Degree: $30,000
  • Master’s Degree: $22,000

Average Time to Degree

  • Associate’s Degree: 1.5 years
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 1.9 years
  • Master’s Degree: 1.9 years

Our Students Are Increasingly More Satisfied Than Their Peers

Scale: 1, not important (satisfied) at all; 4, neutral; 7, very important (satisfied)

Outreach

  • Purdue University Global (2018): 6.10
  • National Sample (2014-2017): 5.65
  • Kaplan University (2016):  5.89

Life and Career Planning

  • Purdue University Global (2018): 5.96
  • National Sample (2014-2017): 5.32
  • Kaplan University (2016):  5.71

Financing

  • Purdue University Global (2018): 5.90
  • National Sample (2014-2017): 5.38
  • Kaplan University (2016):  5.53

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

  • Purdue University Global (2018): 5.88
  • National Sample (2014-2017): 5.40
  • Kaplan University (2016):  5.65

Teaching–Learning Process

  • Purdue University Global (2018): 6.10
  • National Sample (2014-2017): 5.71
  • Kaplan University (2016):  5.92

Student Support Systems

  • Purdue University Global (2018): 6.01
  • National Sample (2014-2017): 5.45
  • Kaplan University (2016):  5.73

Technology

  • Purdue University Global (2018): 6.26
  • National Sample (2014-2017): 5.78
  • Kaplan University (2016):  6.01

Transitions

  • Purdue University Global (2018): 5.93
  • National Sample (2014-2017): 5.45
  • Kaplan University (2016):  5.66

Source: Adult Learner Inventory. Transitions, assesses how the institution supports guided pathways leading into and from its program and services to assure students' learning will apply to successful achievement of their educational and career goals.

Source: Unless otherwise noted, data are from the Purdue Global O­ffice of Reporting and Analysis. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.