Purdue Global Facts: World-Class Education Online

Purdue Global is a public, nonprofit university focused on providing a personalized online learning experience. Learn more about our students and institution in the fact sheet infographic below.


Infographic depicting Purdue Global student and institutional facts and statistics

A Track to Degree for Every Adult

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 who:

  • Are over the age of 30: 58%
  • Are female: 62%
  • Are military affiliated: 30%
  • Had neither parent attend college: 48%
  • Have a child or other dependent: 52%

Our Institution

  • Number of faculty: approximately 1,650
  • Number of programs: 175
  • Average class size: 23 undergraduate; 17 graduate
  • Number of students enrolled: approximately 32,500
  • Number of degrees awarded in 2021–2022: 10,400
  • Average faculty tenure: greater than 8 years

Purdue Global Career Outcomes Surpass National Average
(% Employed and Knowledge Rate)

Career outcomes rate is not the same as employment rate: it includes graduates who are employed (full or part time), participating in a program of voluntary service, serving in the military, or enrolled in a program of continuing education and may also include graduates employed in jobs unrelated to their degree or who were employed while attending Purdue Global.

  • Associate's Degree Graduates

    Associate's Degree Career Outcomes Rate

    • Purdue Global 2020 Class Career Outcomes Rate: 93%
    • NACE National Average 2020 Class Career Outcomes Rate: 84%
  • Bachelor's Degree Graduates

    Bachelor's Degree Career Outcomes Rate

    • Purdue Global 2020 Class Career Outcomes Rate: 91%
    • NACE National Average 2020 Class Career Outcomes Rate: 82%
  • Master's Degree Graduates

    Master's Degree Career Outcomes Rate

    • Purdue Global 2020 Class Career Outcomes Rate: 92%
    • NACE National Average 2020 Class Career Outcomes Rate: 86%
  • All Graduates

    Knowledge Rate

    Knowledge Rate depicts the percent of graduates for whom a career outcomes destination is known.

    • Knowledge Rate for All Graduates: 96%

Academic Statistics: Source: Unless otherwise noted, data are from the Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, 2021–2022 academic year.


Career Outcomes Rate: Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2020. “First Destinations for the College Class of 2020: Findings and Analysis.” Note: Purdue Global data are based on its submission to the 2020 NACE First Destination survey; “Career Outcomes Rate” is not the same as an “employment rate”—it includes graduates who are: (1) employed (whether full or part time); (2) participating in a program of voluntary service, (3) serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or (4) enrolled in a program of continuing education. This rate may also include graduates employed in jobs unrelated to their degree or who were employed while attending Purdue Global. “Knowledge Rate” depicts the percent of graduates for whom a career outcomes destination is known. For further information on the “Career Outcomes Rate” or the “Knowledge Rate,” contact the Center for Career Advancement at Purdue Global at careerservices@purdueglobal.edu. All figures are rounded to the nearest whole percentage point and include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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

Number of Credits Awarded: Over 970,000

Average Cost of Degree

  • Associate’s Degree: $6,000
  • Bachelor’s Degree: $15,000
  • Master’s Degree: $22,000

Average Time to Degree

  • Associate’s Degree: 1.7 years
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 2.1 years
  • Master’s Degree: 1.9 years

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

Inbound Score

  • Purdue Global: 47.2
  • ACBSP: 43.4
  • Score Difference: +3.8
  • Percent Difference: +8.8%

Outbound Score

  • Purdue Global: 65.9
  • ACBSP: 54.8
  • Score Difference: +11.1
  • Percent Difference: +20.3%

Score Improvement

  • Purdue Global: +18.7
  • ACBSP: +11.4

Percent Improvement

  • Purdue Global: 39.6%
  • ACBSP: 26.3%


Source: Peregrine Academic Services, 2021. ACBSP, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Note: these figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

Student Satisfaction with Purdue Global

Students rated their overall experience and whether or not they would choose to attend Purdue Global again.

Percentage Rating Their Overall Experience as “Excellent” or “Good”

First-Year

  • Purdue Global: 92%
  • All NSSE Schools: 79%

Senior

  • Purdue Global: 94%
  • All NSSE Schools: 82%

Percentage Who Would “Definitely” or “Probably” Attend This Institution Again

First-Year

  • Purdue Global: 93%
  • All NSSE Schools: 85%

Senior

  • Purdue Global: 94%
  • All NSSE Schools: 81%

Student Satisfaction: Source: National Survey of Student Engagement, September 2021.

Student Life

Active Student Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies: 45

Student Members in Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies: 4,550