The Rival Rundown: Indiana vs. Purdue

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Let’s travel to the Midwest, where the people are friendly, the food is hearty, and the state school rivalries are relentlessly combative. In the great state of Indiana, two state school systems (Indiana University and Purdue University) are so entrenched in a battle for loyalty that many homes boast signs in their windows reading “A House Divided”–or in other words, the domain has both Purdue and IU alumni.  Can one school win the rights to true Hoosier pride?

1. Mascot Match-up

Indiana – The Hoosiers are not only the university mascot but the state nickname–a term for someone who transports bales of cotton.  Though a derogatory word in other parts of the country, a Hoosier is a label of pride in Indiana!
Purdue – The Boilermakers get their moniker from the longstanding tradition of excellence in engineering at Purdue, which in the 1890s (at the time of the mascot’s inception) meant toiling in the forge room to boil and meld metal.

Three credits to: Indiana, since it takes some balls to claim a questionable slang term for a school (and state) nickname!

2. Crimson and Gold Cup Stats

Indiana – In the six academic years the contest has been held, Indiana has won 3 times and tied once.
Purdue – Won the Cup in ’07, and tied in ’08.

Three Credits toIndiana has the definitive edge here!

3. Academic Specialties

Indiana – New York isn’t the only place to make it as a journalist– Indiana is a tour de force in producing great writers. The university has graduated more than 30 Pulitzer Prize winners, while its creative writing MFA program and workshops are world-renowned.
Purdue – If you’ve always wanted to be an astronaut (I’m talking to you, Lance Bass), Purdue is the place to be. Along with MIT, Purdue has boasted more alumni in NASA space programs than any other non-military university. The school also receives funding from NASA and the National Science Foundation for research in aeronautics.

Three credits to: Purdue–actually, it is rocket science (ayoo!).

4. Ass-kicking Alumni

Indiana – Jared the Subway Guy, Meg Cabot (author of The Princess Diaries), Will Shortz (NYT crossword puzzle writer).
Purdue –Neil Armstrong, Jim Gaffigan, Harold Gray (wrote “Little Orphan Annie”).

Three credits to: Purdue. How can it be that the first man on the moon and the infamous Hot Pockets dude are both Boilermakers?

5. Acceptance Rate Agony (for the class of 2012)

Indiana – 70.7%

Three credits to:   Indiana!

And the diploma goes to: Indiana is the definitive winner here. Forgive us for the cliche, but Hoosier daddy?



  1. Cait says:

    Just go to IUPUI and get the best of both worlds =p

    1. John+ says:

      iupui is shit

  2. Jess says:

    you hit this one dead on! we hoosier kids are brought up to bleed cream and crimson.

    1. Jone says:

      you are raised to fuck your sister and eat shit

  3. the violator says:

    the campus at iu is so much better and the ladies are much better looking too.

  4. A Hoya says:

    Actually, I think Jim Gaffigan is a Georgetown alum….

  5. N says:

    If you want to go to the better academic school, go to Purdue. If you want to go to a better party school, go to IU. I went to Purdue, have a great job, and am now laughing at my friends that went to IU because they either have jobs that aren't as good or no job at all!

    1. ggh says:

      ru crazy? iu is a much better academic school, better business program, and much more nationally recognized. If you want to see regular hill billies in the state of indiana, go to purdue. Ugliest industrial crappy town and shitty colors. Their only edge they have on iu is engineering. People that don't get into iu go to purdue

    2. Jac says:

      Hill billies? Lol. Oh dear, what an ignorant comment. By the way, I got into both schools with a full ride on a pre-med scholarship, but I chose Purdue after much consideration. Both schools are great, but at Purdue I found that the people are much nicer and happier, hence the reason why Purdue was ranked in the top 25 happiest universities in the world. The biggest difference between IU and Purdue is the mere fact that IU is a very liberal school while Purdue proves to be a very conservative school which is probably why the two schools are one of the biggest rivals and a big reason why I chose Purdue over IU. The only international rating IU has is the school with the most parties and hardest liquor on campus coming in at number 6.

    3. IU 5 Banners says:

      must be pretty solid job especially because purdue has no med school :P

  6. Eric says:

    What are you talking about? The IU campus sucks. Purdue has one of the premier landscaping schools in the country. Purdue's campus is more beautiful by far.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Have you been to IU's campus? Just sayin…

  7. Rick says:

    your information is shit! go fuck yourself

  8. Go fuck yourself says:

    how about the CEO of Mcdonalds (purdue alum) giving all of the IU alum jobs

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