Purdue University

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The flagship campus of the Purdue Institution system, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University is a public land-grant research university that serves the state of Indiana. The Lafayette merchant John Purdue made a donation of land and funds in 1869 to build a college of science, technology, and agriculture that would later bear his name. This led to the establishment of the university. On September 16, 1874, the first courses were conducted, and there were a total of 39 pupils and six teachers present. It has earned a place among the top public institutions in the United States, according to major institutional rankings, and its engineering department is well regarded all over the world.

More than two hundred different undergraduate majors, over seventy different master's and doctorate degree programmes, and professional degrees in pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and doctor of nursing practise are all available at the main campus in West Lafayette. In addition, Purdue University has more than 900 student groups and participates in 18 different intercollegiate sports. The student body of Purdue University is the biggest of any individual institution campus in the state of Indiana. Additionally, Purdue has the ninth-highest number of international students of any university in the United States. Purdue was one of the original members of the Big Ten Conference.

The Association of American Universities recognises Purdue University as one of its "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" institutions. Purdue University is a member of the AAU. Many prominent and powerful positions in the fields of business, the media, politics, and science have been attained by Purdue University teachers, students, alumni, and other associates. There have been 13 Nobel laureates associated with Purdue, as well as one Turing Award laureate, two World Food Prize laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, eighteen Olympic medalists, three recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, two recipients of the National Medal of Science, three recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, seven members of Congress, three governors of the United States, and two heads of state. Over 400,000 of Purdue University's graduates are still alive. It has produced 26 astronauts, 6 current CEOs of companies in the Fortune 500, 2 Rhodes Scholars, 4 Truman Scholars, and 3 Gates Scholars among its graduates.