Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Purdue University Fort Wayne Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Purdue University Fort Wayne was awarded 111 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is operations management.

Overall Quality

PFW landed the #1,667 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

PFW also holds the #38 spot on the Best Colleges in Indiana ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into PFW?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Purdue University Fort Wayne is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 83%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 81% of students accepted to PFW submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 490 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Purdue University Fort Wayne  ( 490 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Purdue University Fort Wayne  ( 490 to 580 )
PFW received ACT scores from 25% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Purdue University Fort Wayne  ( 19 to 25 )

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Purdue University Fort Wayne Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Purdue University Fort Wayne is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Purdue University Fort Wayne is 92%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  92 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Purdue University Fort Wayne is 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at PFW is 13%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  13 out of 100

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Purdue University Fort Wayne Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,584 undergraduates at PFW with 5,161 being full-time and 2,423 being part-time.

How Much Does Purdue University Fort Wayne Cost?

The overall average net price of PFW is $10,912. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for PFW

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,129 $7,686 $12,023 $15,968 $16,192

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of PFW, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At PFW, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $5,319 a year. That adds up to $21,276 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at PFW is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do PFW Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from PFW make about $36,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 8% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Purdue University Fort Wayne make the most money.

Location of Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne is a public institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for PFW are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Phone: 260-481-4739
Website: www.pfw.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ipfw.mastodons
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ipfw

Purdue University Fort Wayne Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from Purdue University Fort Wayne. Of these students, 1,317 received undergraduate degrees and 191 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 163 $44,666
Teacher Education Grade Specific 96 $36,591
Nursing 90 $52,107
Liberal Arts General Studies 85 $32,634
Child Development & Psychology 64 NA
Business Administration & Management 59 $35,060
Computer Science 50 $63,005
Public Administration 45 $37,856
Fine & Studio Arts 42 $27,181
Mental & Social Health Services 39 $29,016

Learn more about the majors offered at Purdue University Fort Wayne along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at PFW

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 5,214 students took at least one online class at Purdue University Fort Wayne. This is an increase from the 3,267 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 5,214 854
2018-2019 3,267 482
2017-2018 3,588 513
2016-2017 3,388 566
2015-2016 4,267 663

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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