Student Recruitment


For nearly 150 years, student recruitment to the College of Agriculture has been a daily activity. What have we done? …and what were and are potential students looking for?

Photo of High school students visiting Purdue Agriculture in 1908.

High school students visit Purdue Agriculture in 1908.

2014–2017 Purdue Agriculture first-year students said the five most important factors are, in order of importance:

  1. Program Fits My Professional Goals
  2. Reputation/Rankings (one of the top 10 colleges of agriculture in the world!)
  3. Experiences Available Outside of Class
  4. Campus Visits
  5. Scholarships/Affordability

2014-2017 Purdue Agriculture first year students said the five most important individuals are, in order of importance:

  1. Parents/Guardians
  2. Family Members
  3. Friends
  4. Purdue Students/Alumni
  5. High School Teachers

Finding a fit for career goals has always been important.

In the early 1900s students came to the college to prepare for farming, education, and business careers. Forestry, agricultural engineering, and several more life-science-based curricula were added by the mid-1900s. Later, programs in natural resources, environment, landscape architecture, and sustainable food systems appeared.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Student Agricultural Society meetings connected students, faculty, and alumni outside of class. Today, our 60 Agriculture student organizations, study-abroad programs, undergraduate research, internships, and leadership development activities make those connections.

Connections with other people have brought many students to campus.

In the early 1900s, students often visited campus to attend farmers’ short courses or corn club activities. 4-H and FFA activities brought hundreds of thousands to campus. Purdue agricultural alumni-sponsored programs and events also brought prospective students to campus. Most recently, several programs offered by the Office of Admissions and the College of Agriculture promote campus visits.

Affordability has been a priority of Purdue Agriculture academic programs since the beginning.

Records show that Purdue offered scholarship programs to Agriculture students since the early 1900s. Prior to that, an Indiana Law passed on March 12, 1877, provided that County Commissioners from each Indiana county could appoint two county students each year who would be exempted entrance and incidental fees and also fees for rooms in the dormitory, if the rooms were not already taken by those appointed previously. (If the rooms were taken, those coming later would be obliged to find their own rooms until there was a vacancy.)


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