West Lafayette has a general population of 28,778 and an overall student population of 41,052. Approximately 41,052 of West Lafayette's students are enrolled in schools that offer engineering programs.
The largest engineering school in West Lafayette, by student population, is Purdue University-Main Campus. In 2010, Purdue University-Main Campus graduated approximately 384 students from its engineering program.
A reported 1,571 students graduated with credentials in engineering in West Lafayette in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $20,638 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all West Lafayette engineering schools was an average of $37,118 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,220 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a engineering program in West Lafayette. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,710 per year, on average, for room and board at West Lafayette-based engineering schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $13,238.
Many engineering graduates choose to work as engineers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in West Lafayette, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, there were 7,770 engineers in Indiana. Of these engineers, 410 were working in the greater West Lafayette area. By the year 2018, the number of engineers is expected to increase by 3% in West Lafayette. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for engineers.
As an engineer in West Lafayette, you can expect to make an average salary of $66,630 per year. This is lower than the average salary for engineers in the state.