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Purdue University

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.
 
The university was founded with the gift of $150,000 from John Purdue, a Lafayette business leader and philanthropist, along with $50,000 from Tippecanoe County, and 150 acres (0.6 km²) of land from Lafayette residents in support of the project. In 1869, it was decided that the new school would be built near the city of Lafayette and established as Purdue University, in the name of the institution’s principal benefactor.

Location

Address
610 Purdue Mall
City
West Lafayette
State
IN
Zip/Post Code
47907-2070

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
29440
Total Graduate enrollment
9109
In State Tuition Fees
9208
Out State Tuition Fees
28010
ACT Score
27
SAT Score
1773
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.7
Male Female Ratio
57:43
Acceptance Rate
59%
Student Faculty Ratio
13:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Boilermaker Special Purdue Pete
Colors
Old Gold and Black
Conference
Big Ten

College History

History

In 1865, the Indiana General Assembly voted to take advantage of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862, and began plans to establish an institution with a focus on agriculture and engineering. Communities throughout the state offered their facilities and money to bid for the location of the new college. Popular proposals included the addition of an agriculture department at Indiana University or at what is now Butler University. By 1869, Tippecanoe County's offer included $150,000 from Lafayette business leader and philanthropist John Purdue, $50,000 from the county, and 100 acres (40 ha) of land from local residents. On May 6, 1869, the General Assembly established the institution in Tippecanoe County as Purdue University, in the name of the principal benefactor.

Classes began at Purdue on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students. Professor John S. Hougham was Purdue's first faculty member and served as acting president between the administrations of presidents Shortridge and White. A campus of five buildings was completed by the end of 1874.

Purdue issued its first degree, a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, in 1875 and admitted its first female students that fall. Emerson E. White, the university's president from 1876 to 1883, followed a strict interpretation of the Morrill Act. Rather than emulate the classical universities, White believed that Purdue should be an "industrial college" and devote its resources toward providing a liberal (or broad) education with an emphasis on science, technology, and agriculture.

He intended not only to prepare students for industrial work, but also to prepare them to be good citizens and family members. Part of Whites plan to distinguish Purdue from classical universities included a controversial attempt to ban fraternities. This ban was ultimately overturned by the Indiana Supreme Court and led to Whites resignation. 

College Specialty

Specialty

The Office of the Registrar's mission is to make available continuously improving services through a dedicated and skillful staff and improved, efficient processes that ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and security of all education records as they are defined under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

We provide accurate, timely and cost-effective services related to the development and dissemination of course-related information, enrollment, registration, grade reporting, and graduation of all current Purdue students and the creation, maintenance, and dissemination of academic certification for past and current students. 

Alumni

Alumni

Purdue alumni have achieved recognition in a range of areas, particularly in science and engineering industry. The university's alumni pool collectively holds over 15,000 United States patents. Purdue has produced 23 astronauts, including Gus Grissom, the first vertically launched person to return to space, Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the moon, and Eugene Cernan, the most recent astronaut to do so. Over one third of all of NASA's manned space missions have had at least one Purdue graduate as a crew member. 

Alumni Association:www.purduealumni.org/

Campus

Campus

Purdue's campus is situated just outside the city limits of West Lafayette, near the western bank of the Wabash River, across which sits the larger city of Lafayette. State Street, which is concurrent with State Road 26, divides the northern and southern portions of campus. Academic buildings are mostly concentrated on the eastern and southern parts of campus, with residence halls to the west, and athletic facilities to the north. The Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation (CityBus) operates eight campus loop bus routes on which students, faculty, and staff can ride free of charge.

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