We create knowledge and teach students to think broadly as the core of a timeless, flexible, and transferable set of skills that prepares College of Liberal Arts graduates for an evolving workplace and for inspired leadership.  Home to over 2,600 undergraduate students, we advance students by responding to new challenges and embracing new technologies, grounded in our committment to the basic research that is the foundation of all discovery.  

Industrial Design Student Drawing

Our students strengthen the overall educational experience of all Purdue students by pushing them to consider the world more broadly and to create lifelong learners who lead fulfilling personal and professional lives.  We are bold, visionary leaders. 


  • 59% Female/41% Male 

  • 7.8 Student to 1 Faculty Ratio

  • Top states for incoming CLA students include: Indiana, Illinois, California, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas and Ohio (including students from Alaska and Hawaii).

  • 82% of CLA students hit the job market after life at Purdue. 18% of CLA students continue to graduate school.  

Class of 2019 Student Profile

  • Avg. SAT Score:  Verbal 549, Math 593, Writing 557

  • Avg. ACT Score: 25.8

  • Avg. High School Rank: 75%

  • Avg. High School Grade Point: 3.54 (4.0 scale)

The College of Liberal Arts 2015 incoming class is globally represented from 29 US States and 21 Countries: Bermuda, Canada, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Honduras, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and United States.

CLA Fact Sheet

See our alumni in the C-Suite.

"Studying Liberal Arts at Purdue opened my eyes to global issues in a different way and provided me the forums to discuss them with international peers with a wide range of perspectives. This was an invaluable opportunity in life that has helped me to think differently than others especially in my current role and work as a director in an international organization."

Garet Turner
Director, Corporate Relations
Council for Advancement of Support and Education (CASE)

Political Science 2008
Entrepreneurship Certificate

Garet Turner

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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