I am also at Purdue, as my name implies, and I can say that I really love it here. I'm a sophomre, so I've had some experience with the program, and it's great. It is true, however, that onlu US citizens are accepted into the flight program. Non-citizens can go into any other major here, including the non-flight aviation majors, but flight is only open to US citizens. We have a great fleet (Piper Cadets to be replaced by brand new Warrior IIIs in the fall, as well as Piper Arrows, Beechcraft Duchesses, Raytheon King Airs, and a Raytheon Beechjet 400A, all of which are flown by students, as well as 2 727 simulators and a Dornier 328/328JET simulator that will be operational by the end of the school year.) I've also been very pleased with the staff - we have some great professors here. While it's true that we're far from the largest program around - only about 50 students a year enter our flight program - it is considered by many to be the best. The small size allows you to really get to know the faculty, allows Purdue to offer all students complimentary twin turbine time flying the King Airs on staff transport missions, and provides a lot of personal interaction. The industry also recognizes the quality of the Purdue program... I chose it at the reccomendation of the Allied Pilots Association, and Alaska Airlines will not take flight interns from any school other than Purdue, for example. It may be expensive (especially if you are out of state as I am), but it's worth every penny.
One question about ERAU for TrnsWrld - I know that the now-unionized ERAU instructors have voted to strike... Does this affect both campuses, or just one of them?