So I am looking into getting my PPL and I was wondering if there was any benefit when it comes to college. I am wanting to go to Purdue, preferably, and major in Professional Flight. If I went ahead in getting my PPL now would that get me ahead in college? If it doesn't I don't think it would be worth spending all that money.
Well, since you want to go to Purdue specifically, a good place to start would be the Purdue Professional Flight website. I found this there:
FAQ: Students Coming to School with a Private Pilot’s Certificate. Is there an advantage?
Depending on each individual situation, a student coming in with their Private Pilot’s Certificate can be either an advantage or disadvantage. The only real difference is cost. Sometimes it is more cost efficient for a student to get their certificate from Purdue or an outside flight school. It is ultimately up to the student.