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I am in my second year of studyQuite BrightComputer Science
I am in my second year of study for CS major. It is an extra ordinary college for International students. I never felt I am away from home, though the party scene of California or new York is lacking here. But that's not whai I have come for. After 2011-12 I am told Purdue has improved a lot. The TAs are very good and I never felt any deficiency with regard to student -professor relationship.Only thing lacking is city life. On weekends there are hardly any visiting choices.
2nd Year Male -- Class 1922
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: F
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Ever since expanding the Nursing School from 100-200BrightNursing
Ever since expanding the Nursing School from 100-200 student per BSN class, it has been an absolute DISASTER. Faculty is stretched too thin, essential classes were cut (senior capstone that provides highly valued experience in a field you want to work in), and students generally feel discouraged and worthless under the instruction of our professors. There is a huge inferiority complex amongst faculty, and lectureres frequently diss doctors to prove worthless points. If you want to be a doctor, go to med school. Purdue nursing is a WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. I feel trapped in this profession as a senior, and will do everything I can to switch careers in the future if this is how all "professional" nurses act. Ask anyone from the class of 2019, and they will all say the same thing. Save your money. Go to IU.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2019
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Education Quality: F
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Purdue computer science is not all it isQuite BrightComputer Science
Purdue computer science is not all it is made out to be. Sure it has name recognition, but any school worth their salt will have a career fair.

Purdue doesn't seem to be a place where the academically brilliant come to be challenged. Instead, the general feeling towards academics seems like one of listlessness. Here you will find plenty drinking and clubs to get involved with, but do not pick a school for its clubs. These things are present in any school. What is painfully not present is academic enthusiasm. The labs are scarcely full of anybody who genuinely appreciates Computer Science, if they have anybody present outside class at all. You will not find many students working hard alongside peers, bonding with each other over the intricacies of difficult material. The homework is swiss cheese at best; it is purposefully easy so as not to be too much of a challenge. The tests so far reflect this, as you will find the test problems are very similar to your homework problems.

You will not find a TA that attends class with a smile. They are not rude, but they do not radiate enthusiasm for their courses and they do not care if you see the beauty of the material. Instead they give off a feeling of being present because they have to be. Most TAs do not take the time to provide even the simplest feedback as to why you got a problem wrong. This is also reflected on Piazza and online discussion boards: an instructor response is rare once they are over a 25% response rate quota. Once in a while its okay to have a jaded TA. But it should never be as wide spread as it is here.

Many of the professors here are under the impression that simply reading from pre-written notes is enough. This does a fine job at making the material as far from engaging as possible. From "required" $180 paperweights to convoluted diagrams to literally mumbling for an hour, their influence takes hold on everyone present. By requiring attendance through clickers, they take away student accountability and turn lecture into a chore. They remove incentive to explore the "why" behind a concept by assigning simple homework problems or busy work.

In terms of facilities, you get what you pay for. The tuition is very low compared to many of the "big" schools, but you will see the difference in your equipment.

As for the town, if you like the smell of sewage after it rains then come here! The city of Lafayette has no plans to improve the easily-overflowed sewer system. Rain water will continue to turn the Wabash River into shit creek until the end of time. I have to say though, the on campus dining is quite outstanding. And if you're into coffee, Fuel coffee gets an A+ from me.Do yourself a favor and find a school where the people genuinely love what they do, not the money behind it. Find a place where the city is full of life, where individuals feel conviction for their impact on others, the environment, and things bigger than themselves. Computer Science is a rich subject, but it is easily tainted by those who rush to the idea six figure salaries in silicon valley. Find a place where the CSE community is cherished, and where discovery and learning are truly valued.

2nd Year Male -- Class 1920
University Resource Use/ spending: A, Scholastic Success: F
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