Purdue University

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Psychology Program

The Department of Psychology at Purdue University offers an undergraduate psychology program that goes over multiple areas within this field, including both social and clinical psychology. Designed to help students succeed in some of these fields, the program also prepares students for attending graduate school and enhancing their studies. The university actually breaks this program down into two fields of study: psychological sciences and brain and behavioral sciences.

Students in the psychological sciences program earn a Bachelor of Science. They take 21 credits of required courses and 15 credits of electives. Some of the required courses include Elementary Psychology, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology and Introduction to Social Psychology. Students will also take courses that help them acquire more practical skills. They can take Readings in Psychology and gain course credit for reading specific articles and books, but they can also get course credit through an internship.

The brain and behavioral sciences program focuses more on how the brain functions and the theories related to neuroscience. It features nine required credits of research and statistics classes and 12 credits from one of two groups. Students can focus on learning and cognition or study child and adolescent psychology. They must also take several classes from an advanced grouping that includes courses such as Human Memory, Understanding and Analyzing Human Experiments, Senior Research and Human Factors in Engineering. Purdue University offers a number of classes on industrial and organizational psychology that students can take as electives in either program too.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is one of the largest university systems in Indiana in terms of both size and enrollment. Founded in 1869, the university opened as the first technical school in the state. It offered programs in popular tech fields of the time and in the agricultural sciences. As the university's curriculum slowly changed, it shifted away from tech programs to offer a wide range of degrees. The university still has a strong reputation for both its computer science and engineering programs as well as its other technology programs.

Named for John Purdue, the university has a main campus in West Lafayette and some smaller campuses across the state. It formed a partnership with Indiana University to create Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, also called IUPUI. Located in Indianapolis, this is one of the city's largest schools. The main campus now offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs and more than 60 degree programs for both doctoral candidates and graduate students. ARWU, Washington Monthly and U.S. News & World Report all rank Purdue within the top 100 American colleges. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, Purdue is one of the largest colleges in Indiana.

Purdue University Accreditation Details

Though Purdue has a strong reputation for the technology and engineering programs that it offers, the university has accreditation for many of its degree programs in other fields. Its nursing, veterinary medicine and art and design programs are just a few of the ones that have full accreditation. The APA accredited the Purdue psychology programs also. Those who need financial aid will find it helpful that the university has regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As a branch of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), this organization – also known as the NCACS – is responsible for accrediting programs in this region of the United States. Regional accreditation also entitles transfer students and those who have any college credits to use those credits in a Purdue program.

Purdue University Application Requirements

Only 55% of the students who apply to Purdue University are accepted. The university uses its own algorithm that awards students points based on factors such as their high school performance and class ranking as well as the activities they did in school and any awards they received. Students who submit their applications by the early action deadline of November 1 will receive their notification letters by January 15. The university will accept applications up through January 1 and notify students by the middle of March.

There are four requirements in place for incoming freshmen. They must submit the Purdue application online and pay the application fee. Those who cannot afford the fee can contact the university or their guidance counselors and ask about obtaining a fee waiver. They must also fill out a self-report and list the grades they received in their high school classes and the names of those classes. The university also requires that students submit an official standardized test score. Once a student receives an acceptance letter, he or she must provide Purdue with a high school transcript at the end of the year.

Purdue expects students to take college prep classes, including eight semesters or four years of English and math classes and six semesters or three years of both social and life sciences classes. They should also take at least two years of a foreign language. The application also asks students to write several short essays. Students can view the questions in advance and write drafts of their essays before applying to Purdue.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students attending Purdue University will avoid tuition hikes in the future because the university freezes rates when they enroll. This allows students to pay the same rate for several years or until they complete their degrees. The cost for Indiana residents is a little less than $10,000 a year. Purdue charges higher fees for nonresidents, which will bring their costs up to around $29,000 a year for tuition and fees. Students can expect to pay at least $10,000 a year for room and board too. Though the university requires that freshmen live on campus or with their families, students can move into off-campus housing later.

Purdue bases the financial aid packages for its students off their expected family contributions. It finds this information off the FAFSA that each student submits. This allows students to apply for both federal and state government aid, including student loans and grants that they will not pay back. Students may work on the Purdue campus as part of the federal work-study program or look at alternative loans, including parental loans and private loans for students. Purdue University offers a small number of scholarships based on the merit or the needs of individual students too.