Purdue can be a great university with a fabulous research program. You might also end up with a horrible experience. When choosing your home department, talk to people, and apply your interest to a good program! For example, physics department is nearly dead (in terms of teaching, research, and funding), which engineering is thriving. Same for English vs. Speech Science.
PS. I dont' know when previous reviewer last went to a football game, but the football team has been pretty sorry for the last decate. No matter, hopefully you're not paying your tuition money to watch football.