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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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The wifi service is shit.BrightEngineering Department
The wifi service is shit. The dorm I stay in has no air conditioning. Every book is overpriced to the point where I'd almost expect Comcast to start making me pay for a monthly library subscription, and the University can't even be bothered to get two ply toilet paper that doesn't feel like I'm rubbing 1800 grit sandpaper on my asshole.
1st Year Male -- Class 1920
University Resource Use/ spending: A, Campus Aesthetics: D+
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I'm from outside Chicago and originally thought IBiology
I'm from outside Chicago and originally thought I wanted to go to an urban school. But I loved going to Purdue. Something clicked when I went to visit. No regrets.

A lot of the professors are a bit eccentric and can be really tough. The focus is definitely on STEM majors here. And it's pretty obvious. I do know some of the language/linguistic profs also and they are high quality, there just aren't always the strongest programs. There's a decent mix of professors who can be very understanding of different situations and those who are very by the book and enjoy their rules. This happens at most colleges. Because it's a big school, there are lots of professors to talk to about doing research with them. Look at reaching out early on if that's something you want to do. The advisors you get will be hit and miss. My first one was bad but my second one was amazing and we're now friends on FB and LinkedIn and have emailed back and forth.

This is a BIG school. It can be overwhelming at finding a group of friends at first. Go to the callouts for different clubs. It's fine to go alone. That's what I did and found a group of people I was similar to and we've stayed friends ever since. You don't need to be in the Greek system to make friends (I wasn't) but need to still put in some effort (sitting in your room won't work). There's a ton of school spirit that rally's around football, basketball, volleyball, and many other sports. There is always something going on at the school or in town. And the bus system works really well if you need to get anywhere. As an alumni, there is networking everywhere. I'm involved with my local alumni chapter and they are constantly posting things to do and ways to stay connected with other Boilermakers and even Big 10 alumni. In the FB group, people will post jobs looking specifically for Purdue grads. I loved my time here and hold pride for going here much more than the graduate school I attended.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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