Mar 13, 2008, 9:27 AM
Post #429 of 454
I went to Purdue for undergrad and had very close interactions with all the graduate students there at the time. I cannot recommend Purdue's program enough. Marianne Boruch is an amazing teacher and set that program on the right track. In the last couple of years they have hired some excellent faculty, and still has one of the best faculty to graduate student ratios in the country. Plus the great funding, plus the Sycamore Review. The graduate students I knew and worked with had nothing but excellent things to say about the program and have gone on to publish books, work towards PhD's, etc.
Purdue being a more engineering/technical oriented program actually affords many opportunities you wouldn't get at other schools, such as access to technology, etc. And the English department in general has always been very good. Purdue is a school that prides itself on providing an excellent education.
West Lafayette/Lafayette is a quiet place, and you do hear a lot of jokes about it being surrounded by cornfields, but I loved how easy it was to get away from people if you wanted, and how many outdoor places there were to explore. It's a great college town with tons of restaurants, bars, concerts, events, and things to do. And you're less than an hour from Indianapolis. It's very inexpensive to live there as well.
I graduated four years ago, but have kept fairly good track of the program. Marianne wrote one of my letters of recommendation this year. If you have any other questions please feel free to PM me!