Making the move to Purdue
By Todd Kissel
You wake up, and it is the big day when you graduate from high school. You are excited to graduate, but yet you don't know what you really want to do after high school.
Photo by Todd Kissel
Lacey Schmitt, a junior in veterinary technology, holds her only roommate, "Stimpy."
You also begin to get apprehensive about all your family and friends asking you, "Where are you going to college, or what are you doing now that high school is over?" This has and will continue to happen to many high school graduates.
Out of high school, you may decide to go to a smaller college or a community college. If this is the case, it is easy to transfer to Purdue University a few years down the road, said Cathy Sleeth, assistant director of admissions. "Purdue's reputation sells itself in helping make the adjustment for transfer students," Sleeth said.
Purdue helps with this adjustment by providing an online application, which can be found on their website. Along with the application, Purdue does look at an individual's grade point average (GPA). Most of the programs at Purdue require that a student have specific coursework from high school as well as specific college coursework, with minimum grades and a GPA between a 2.5 to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, according to admissions.
The requirements to apply to Purdue are straight forward and standard, Sleeth said. "Many of our students are from Indiana, and they want to go out of state for college after high school," Sleeth said. "They often realize how great Purdue really is once they hear other people talking about the campus or the programs that are offered here."
Purdue offers many academic programs, and it is affordable. The estimated annual tuition for an Indiana resident is $14,710, and for a nonresident it is $26,570, according to admissions. "The affordability or 'purse strings' of parents many times make Purdue the college of choice for many young adults," Sleeth said. Money is a part of the adjustment in transferring, but the quality of certain academic programs that Purdue offers entices others.
"I chose Purdue because they have one of the best veterinary technology programs in the country, and I was informed pretty well on how to apply to the program, said Lacey Schmitt, a junior in veterinary technology from Streator, Ill.