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Purdue University
Established May 6, 1869
Type Public
Endowment $1.457 billion (systemwide)[1]
President France A. Córdova
Provost Randy Woodson
Faculty 6,614
Students 39,697 (Fall 2009)[2]
Undergraduates 31,145 (Fall 2009)[3]
Postgraduates 8,552 (Fall 2009)[4]
Location West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Campus Large town: 2,474 acres (9.336 km²)
plus 15,108 acres (60.084 km²) for agricultural and industrial research[5]
Athletics 18 Division I / IA NCAA teams
Colors Old Gold and Black         [6]
Nickname Boilermakers
Mascot Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete
Affiliations Purdue University System
Website www.purdue.edu

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S., is the flagship university of the six campuses within the Purdue University System.[7] 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.[8] The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with three buildings, six instructors, and 39 students.[8] Today, Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana and has one of the largest international student populations of any public university in the United States.[9] The university's Discovery Park and Purdue Research Park are home to nearly 200 medical, biotechnology, and nanotechnology laboratories and companies. Purdue was the first university globally to have ever offered an aeronautics program.[10]

Purdue offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in over 200 major areas of study. The university has been highly influential in America's history of aviation, and Purdue's aviation and aeronautical engineering programs remain among the highest rated and most competitive in the world. Purdue established the first college credit offered in flight training, the first four-year bachelor's degree in aviation, and the first university airport (Purdue University Airport). In the mid-20th century, Purdue's aviation program expanded to encompass advanced spaceflight technology giving rise to Purdue's nickname, Cradle of Astronauts.[11] Twenty-two Purdue graduates have gone on to become astronauts, including Gus Grissom (one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts), Neil Armstrong (the first person to walk on the moon), and Eugene Cernan (the last person to walk on the moon).[12]




Founding and early years

John Purdue.

In 1865, the Indiana General Assembly took advantage of the Morrill Act, and began plans to establish an institution with a strong focus on engineering. John Purdue, a Lafayette business leader and philanthropist (buried at Purdue), sought to help establish a "land grant" college in Indiana. The state of Indiana received a gift of $150,000 from John Purdue, along with $50,000 from Tippecanoe County, and 150 acres (0.6 km²) of land from Lafayette residents in support of the project. On May 6, 1869, it was decided that the college would be founded near the city of Lafayette and legislators established the institution as Purdue University, in the name of the institution’s principal benefactor.[8]

Classes first began at Purdue on September 16, 1874 with three buildings, six instructors, and 39 students. Purdue issued its first degree, a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, in 1875. The first female students were admitted to the university in the fall of the same year.[13]

The 20th century - Aviation and Aeronautics

Purdue University is well known for its diverse majors in aerospace. The Purdue University Airport was the first university owned airport in the United States. Today, Purdue remains one of the highest ranked and competitive aeronautical/aviation universities in the world,[14] even surpassing the United States Air Force Academy, a military training institution backed by the United States Air Force. Purdue was the first university in the world to award a four-year bachelor's degree in aviation.[15]. The school is currently working with NASA and ICAO to develop the next generation air traffic control system that will eventually replace current technology around the world. The school is backed by numerous corporations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and Timco and is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for its instruction and certification of air traffic control trainees. In addition, the school is one of the only institutions in the country that offers AAAE certification for the management of airports.[16] Purdue's Aviation Technology Department is also actively involved and partners regularly with National Business Aviation Association and the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading on a multitude of research projects.

In 2010, Purdue University received a $1.35 million grant from the United States Air Force to develop alternative fuels and test aircraft engines at a new facility. The National Test Facility for Fuels and Propulsion expected to open late 2010 or early 2011 will be located at the Purdue University Airport. This project will conduct research into fuel-sustainability and emissions data. The objective of this research is to have 10% biofuel usage in aircrafts by 2017.

J. Clifford Turpin, from the class of 1908, was the first Purdue graduate to become an aviator, and received flight instruction from Orville Wright.[17] In 1919 George W. Haskins became the first alumnus to land an aircraft on campus.

Amelia Earhart with her Lockheed Model 10 Electra.

In 1930 Purdue became the first university in the country to offer college credit for flight training, and later became the first university to open its own airport, the Purdue University Airport. Famed aviator Amelia Earhart came to Purdue in 1935 and served as a "Counselor on Careers for Women," a staff position she held until her disappearance in 1937.[18] Purdue played a meaningful role in Earhart's ill-fated "Flying Laboratory" project, providing funds for the Lockheed Model 10 Electra aircraft she intended to fly around the world. Purdue's libraries maintain an extensive Earhart collection, which is still studied today by those seeking to solve the mystery of her disappearance.[19] Purdue later named a residence hall in her honor, which is lined with Earhart pictures and articles.

At one point, Purdue University owned and operated a charter airline operation under FAR part 121 simply called "Purdue Airlines". The company had a fleet of DC-9s, and was highly successful. In fact, Hugh Hefner's famous Playboy DC-9 aircraft was leased from Purdue, and its permanent storage was at Purdue University.[20]

Today, Purdue University's Aviation Flight Technology Program is one of the best nationwide.[21] Annually, only 60 students are admitted into this exclusive and selective program. No other University has a corporate flight department built into the University to provide private aircraft charter for faculty and staff. Every aviation flight student at Purdue has the opportunity to pilot one of the 3 corporate aircraft Purdue has, flying VIPs and other dignitaries around the nation.

In 2010, Purdue University is revamping its aircraft fleet. Purdue will replace its current fleet of Piper Warriors for new Cirrus SR20s and a new Embraer Phenom 100 VLJ aircraft for flight training.

Over the past ten years, Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics has awarded more aerospace engineering degrees than any other institution in the country, issuing 6% of all undergraduate degrees and 7% of all Ph.D. degrees. These alumni have led significant advances in research and development of aerospace technology, headed major corporations and government agencies, and have established an amazing record for exploration of space.[15]

Purdue Mall

The Purdue Mall, also known as the Engineering Mall, is the central quad of Purdue University. The most prominent feature of the Purdue Mall is the Water Sculpture Fountain, and also features the Frederick L. Hovde Hall of Administration.

Bell Tower

The Purdue Bell Tower was constructed in 1995 through a gift from the class of 1948. It is considered an icon of the university and can be found on many Purdue logos and those of the cities of West Lafayette, Indiana and Lafayette, Indiana.

Engineering Fountain

The Engineering Fountain is centrally located in the Purdue Mall. Designed by Robert Youngman, the fountain was a gift from the class of 1939. The fountain was dedicated in 1989. The fountain stands 38 feet (12 m) tall and is made of 228 tons of concrete. It jets 588 gallons of water per minute into the air. Colored lights illuminate the water during the evening. Originally built with an open jet shooting straight up into the air, students soon made the tradition of running through the fountain on warm days. However, in 2001 an eight foot tall protective metal cylinder was constructed around the water jet to protect children.

University Hall from the Memorial Mall

Memorial Mall

The Purdue Memorial Mall is located south of the Purdue Mall and is generally considered the older part of campus. A popular meeting place for students, the Memorial Mall is surrounded by the Stewart Student Center, University Hall (the oldest building on campus), and the Class of 1950's Lecture Hall. It features the Hello Walk, and also contains John Purdue's gravesite.

Memorial Gymnasium/Felix Haas Hall

The Memorial Gymnasium (now named Felix Haas Hall) was constructed in 1909 in memory of the 17 Purdue University football players, coaches, alumni, and fans who perished in the Purdue Wreck railroad accident on October 31, 1903. In 1985 the building was renovated with offices and classrooms for the Computer Science department. In 2006, the building was renamed in honor of Felix Haas. A memorial plaque remains affixed to the exterior of the building in honor of those who died in 1903. The building is now shared by the Computer Science and Statistics departments.

University Hall

University Hall is the only building remaining from the original six-building campus. Construction began in 1871, where the building was known as "The Main Building". The building was dedicated in 1877 and the project cost $35,000 to complete. University Hall originally housed the office of the president, a chapel, and classrooms, but was remodeled in 1961 to house only the department of history. At the request of John Purdue, he was buried in the Memorial Mall, directly across from the main entrance of University Hall.

Cary Quadrangle

Cary Quadrangle South Building looking North

First known as Cary Hall, Cary Quadrangle opened in 1928 as a men's dormitory.[22] Cary Quadrangle now has five buildings (south, east, west, northeast, and northwest), surrounding the open courtyard, known as Spitzer Court. In addition, the south/southeast building contains the Cary Knight Spot Grill.[23]

Considered the "flagship" of Purdue University residences, Cary Quadrangle is still one of the largest all-male housing units in the country.[22] In 2000, Cary Quadrangle began a $43.5 Million renovation plan.

Windsor Residence Halls

Consisting of five individual buildings (Duhme, Shealy, Wood, Warren and Vawter), Windsor Halls is the oldest all-women's residence hall complex at Purdue. Each individual building is designed so that each room of every hall would receive sunlight at some point in the day. There is also a student-accessible tunnel that connects Duhme, Shealy, Wood, Warren and Vawter.[24]

  • Duhme Hall, originally 'South Hall,' was opened in 1934 and named after Ophelia Duhme.
  • Shealy Hall, originally 'North Hall,' was opened in 1937 and named after Frances Shealy.
  • Wood Hall was opened in 1939 and named after Elizabeth Wood.
  • Warren Hall, originally 'D Hall,' was opened in 1951 and named after Martha Warren.
  • Vawter Hall, originally 'E Hall,' was also opened in 1951, and is named after Everette Vawter.

Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music

Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music

The Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music has a seating capacity of 6,025 and is one of the largest proscenium theaters in the world. The facility is named after Edward C. Elliott (1874–1960), who served as President of Purdue University from 1922 to 1945.[25]

Purdue's Student Concert Committee (SCC) often elects and invites various big name entertainment. Purdue students and faculty are able to purchase tickets a day before the tickets are offered to the general public. They also receive a student and faculty discount. The auditorium offers seating on a main level and on dual balconies.

Slayter Center of Performing Arts

The Slayter Center of Performing Arts is an outdoor concert band shell completed in 1964 and dedicated May 1, 1965. The facility was a gift from Games Slayter and his wife Marie.

The natural amphitheater created by "Slayter Hill" can hold an estimated 20,000 people. Architect Joseph Baker used Stonehenge in England as a basis for the concept of Slayter Center. The 200-ton concrete roof is suspended from a tall steel tripod by stainless steel cables. The stage can seat a 100+ player orchestra. Below the stage are a rehearsal room, dressing rooms and storage facilities. "Slayter Hill" is also more popularly used in the winter time as a large sledding hill for students when it snows.

Mackey Arena

Mackey Arena

Mackey Arena is a 14,123-seat multi-purpose arena that opened in 1967. It is home to the Purdue Boilermakers basketball team. It is named after Purdue alumnus and long time athletic director Guy "Red" Mackey.[26]

Ross-Ade Stadium

Ross-Ade Stadium is a stadium primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Purdue Boilermakers. The stadium is named for David E. Ross and George Ade, the principal benefactors. Ross-Ade Stadium opened on November 22, 1924 with a seating capacity of 13,500 and standing room for an additional 5,000 people. A series of additions and renovations pushed the seating capacity to 70,000. In 2001 Purdue began a massive $70 million dollar renovation, which led to a reduced seating capacity of 62,500.[27] Ross Ade has never been fitted with permanent lights, so temporary lights are used for all night games.


University rankings (overall)

ARWU World[28] 65
ARWU North & Latin America[29] 45
Forbes[30] 448
Times Higher Education[31] 99
USNWR National University[32] 61
WM National University[33] 12

Purdue offers more than 200 options for major areas of study at the West Lafayette campus alone, and a variety of options for minors.[34] Purdue is organized into eight colleges and schools contained within larger colleges; the two exceptions are the Krannert School of Management and the School of Veterinary Medicine.[35] These two academic units retained their "school" status during a university-wide renaming policy in 2004 and 2005 in deference to national professional school naming conventions.[36]


The original faculty of six in 1874 has grown to 2,563 tenure and tenure-track faculty in the Purdue Statewide System by Fall 2007 totals. The number of faculty and staff members system-wide is 18,872.[37] The current faculty includes scholars such as Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar - known for his contributions to singularity theory, Arden L. Bement Jr. - Director of the National Science Foundation, R. Graham Cooks, Joseph Francisco, Douglas Comer, Louis de Branges de Bourcia who proved the Bieberbach conjecture, Ei-ichi Negishi, Victor Raskin, Michael Rossmann who mapped human common cold virus, Leah Jamieson, and H. Jay Melosh.[38]

Purdue's tenured faculty comprises sixty Academic Deans, Associate Deans, and Assistant Deans; 63 Academic Department Heads; 753 Professors; 547 Associate Professors and 447 Assistant Professors. Purdue employs 892 non-tenure-track faculty, Lecturers, and Postdoctorals at its West Lafayette campus. Purdue employs another 691 tenured and 1,021 Non-Tenure Track Faculty, Lecturers, and Postdoctorals at its Regional Campuses and Statewide Technology.[37]


Undergraduate library, facilities are underground.

The University expended $472.7 million in support of research system-wide in 2006–07, using funds received from the state and federal governments, industry, foundations, and individual donors. The faculty and more than 400 research laboratories put Purdue University among the leading research institutions.[39] Purdue University is considered by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to have "very high research activity".[40] Purdue also was rated the nation's fourth best place to work in academia, according to rankings released in November 2007 by The Scientist magazine.[41] Purdue's researchers provide insight, knowledge, assistance, and solutions in many crucial areas. These include, but are not limited to Agriculture; Business and Economy; Education; Engineering; Environment; Healthcare; Individuals, Society, Culture; Manufacturing; Science; Technology; Veterinary Medicine.[42]

Purdue University generated a record $333.4 million in sponsored research funding during the 2007-08 fiscal year with participation from National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and Health and Human Services.[43]

Purdue University established the Discovery Park to bring innovation through multidisciplinary action.[44] In all of the eleven centers of Discovery Park, ranging from entrepreneurship to energy and advanced manufacturing, research projects reflect a large economic impact and address global challenges.[45] Purdue University's nanotechnology research program, built around the new Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park, ranks among the best in the nation.[46]

The Purdue Research Park which opened in 1961[47] was developed by Purdue Research Foundation[48] which is a private, nonprofit foundation created to assist Purdue. The park is focused on companies operating in the arenas of life sciences, homeland security, engineering, advanced manufacturing and information technology.[49] It provides an interactive environment for experienced Purdue researchers and private business and high-tech industry.[47] It currently employs more than 3,000 people in 155 companies, including 90 technology-based firms.[43] The Purdue Research Park was ranked first by the Association of University Research Parks in 2004.[50]

Colleges of Purdue University
College of Agriculture
College of Consumer and Family Sciences
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Liberal Arts
College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences
College of Science
College of Technology
Engineering Schools of Purdue University
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Agricultural and Biological Engineering Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering School of Chemical Engineering School of Civil Engineering School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Engineering Education School of Industrial Engineering School of Materials Engineering School of Mechanical Engineering School of Nuclear Engineering Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Other Schools of Purdue University
Krannert School of Management* School of Health Sciences School of Nursing School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine*

An * indicates a school existing independently of a larger college.


The University President, appointed by the Board of Trustees, is the chief administrative officer of the university. The office of the president oversees admission and registration, student conduct and counseling, the administration and scheduling of classes and space, the administration of student athletics and organized extracurricular activities, the libraries, the appointment of the faculty and conditions of their employment, the appointment of all non-faculty employees and the conditions of employment, the general organization of the university, and the planning and administration of the university budget.

The Board of Trustees directly appoints other major officers of the university including a provost, who serves as the chief academic officer for the university, a number of vice presidents with oversight over specific university operations, and the satellite campus chancellors.



Purdue's Sustainability Council, composed of University administrators and professors, meets monthly to discuss environmental issues and sustainability initiatives at Purdue.[51] The University is currently constructing its first LEED Certified building in an addition to the Mechanical Engineering building, which is to be completed in Spring 2011.[52] The school is also in the process of developing an arboretum on campus.[53] In addition, a system has been set up to display live data detailing current energy production at the campus utility plant.[53] The school holds an annual "Green Week" each fall, an effort to engage the Purdue community with issues relating to environmental sustainability.[54]

Student life

Student body

Graduation Ceremony

The Purdue student body is composed primarily of students from Indiana. In 2006-07, 23,086 out of a total of 39,288 students enrolled were Indiana residents.[55] As of 2007, the racial diversity of the undergraduate student body was 86.9% white, 5.51% Asian, 3.53% African American, and 2.75% Hispanic.[56] Of these students, 41.2% are female.[57] Domestic minorities constitute a total of 15.4% in the Graduate student body population[56] of which 38.5% are female.[57] The largest minority (six percent of the full-time student body)[58] is international, representing 123 countries.[59] In graduate student population, non-residents occupy an overwhelming majority, about 78%.[60] Almost all undergraduates[61] and about 70% of the graduate student population attend full-time.[60]


Purdue University operates fifteen separate residence halls for its undergraduate and graduate students, including: Cary Quadrangle, Earhart Hall, First Street Towers, Harrison Hall, Hawkins Hall, Hillenbrand Hall, Hilltop Apartments, McCutcheon Hall, Meredith Hall, Owen Hall, Purdue Village, Shreve Hall, Tarkington Hall, Wiley Hall, and Windsor Halls.[62] Purdue recently opened a new residence hall for upperclassmen.[63]

There are 12 cooperative houses at Purdue (5 men's houses and 7 women's houses). The men's houses include Circle Pines, Fairway, Marwood, Chauncey, and Gemini. The women's houses include Ann Tweedale, Glenwood, Twin Pines, Maclure, Stewart, Devonshire, and Shoemaker. All cooperative houses are governed under the Purdue Cooperative Council which is led by Purdue University students who live in these houses. The cooperative system claims that it allows for a much lower cost of living than other types of housing,[64] as the members take an active role in sharing chores and cooking all meals themselves, as opposed to hiring out cleaning and cooking staff.[65]

Purdue University hosts the nation's third largest Greek community, with approximately 5,000 students participating in one of the 46 men's fraternities or 29 women's sororities.[66] Several of Purdue's most distinguished graduates are members of fraternities and sororities.[65]


The Purdue Exponent, an independent student newspaper, has the largest circulation of any Indiana college newspaper, with a daily circulation of 17,500 copies during the spring and fall semesters.[67]

The "Movie Tribute Show with Erik Mygrant" was created in a small television studio (now known as the Erik Mygrant Studio) on campus in 1999.[68]

WBAA is a radio station owned by Purdue University. The station operates on the AM frequency of 920 kHz and FM frequency of 101.3 MHz. Its studios are in the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue campus, and the transmitters are located in Lafayette, Indiana. WBAA is the longest continuously-operating radio station in Indiana, having been licensed on April 4, 1922. WBAA airs NPR and local news/talk programming during the day. Overnight, the AM station airs jazz while the FM station airs classical music.

There are also a few student radio stations on campus. Currently, three operate from residence halls, broadcasting via internet only; WCCR from Cary Quadrangle (not to be confused with the current WCCR FM or WCCR-LP stations in other states), WILY from Wiley Hall, and a most recent addition WHHR from Harrison Hall. A fourth student station, the Purdue Student Radio club operates from the Purdue Memorial Union and broadcasts on low power AM in addition to internet streaming.[69][70][71][72]

W9YB is the callsign of the Amateur Radio Club at Purdue University. W9YB also holds the self declared title of having one of the largest and most active collegiate amateur radio stations in the country. W9YB actively participates in emergency management for the Tippecanoe County area and maintains ready status with its members in skills to assist.[73]


Former Purdue Football head coach, Joe Tiller

Purdue is home to 18 Division I/I-A NCAA teams including football, basketball, cross country, tennis, wrestling, golf, volleyball and others. Purdue is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, and played a central role in its creation. Traditional rivals include Big Ten colleagues the Indiana Hoosiers, the Illinois Fighting Illini, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from the Big East Conference (football program independent, however). The Boilermakers battle the Hoosiers on the football field each year to win the Old Oaken Bucket. Purdue leads the series, first played in 1925, 68-36-6.

The Boilermaker men's and women's basketball teams have won more Big Ten Championships than any other conference school, with 27 conference banners, including a league-leading 21 for the men’s team. The men's basketball team is also one of the best teams in the country and in 2010 they began their season 14-0 (a streak that ties the best start in school history. Purdue men's basketball has an all-time winning record against all Big Ten schools.[74]

The Boilermaker football team enjoyed a significant resurgence under the leadership of head coach Joe Tiller. Tiller, who currently holds the coaching record for the most wins at Purdue, announced his retirement following the 2008 season, and was replaced by Coach Danny Hope.[75]


The Purdue University Library system has 2.8 million printed volumes and electronic books. Additionally, it holds 40,000 electronic journals. The special collections include papers from Neil Armstrong, Eugene Cernan, Amelia Earhart, Herbert C. Brown, and George Ade.[76]

Traditions and legends


Purdue Pete - one of the most recognized symbols of Purdue University

The moniker for the University's athletics teams has become a popular reference for all things Purdue. A reporter first used the name in 1891 to describe the year's winning football team and quickly gained approval from students.

Mascots, logos, and colors

In the more than 130 years since the founding of the university, several mascots have emerged in support of the Boilermaker athletic teams, including: The Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete, and more recently, Rowdy.

The Boilermaker Special has been the official mascot of Purdue University since 1940. Designed to look like a train locomotive, the Special was originally designed to demonstrate Purdue's engineering programs and is maintained by the members of the Purdue Reamer Club.

As the unofficial mascot of Purdue Athletics, Purdue Pete is one of the most recognized symbols of Purdue University.

Purdue University adopted its school colors, Old Gold and Black, in the fall of 1887. Members of Purdue's first football team in 1887 felt that the squad should be distinguished by certain colors, and since Princeton was at the time the most successful gridiron unit, its colors were considered. Though actually orange and black, the Princeton colors were known by many as yellow and black. Purdue gridders opted for old gold over yellow, kept the black, and began flying the colors that endure today.[77]

University Seal

The official seal of Purdue was officially inaugurated during the University's centennial in 1969. The seal, approved by the Board of Trustees, was designed by Prof. Al Gowan, formerly at Purdue. It replaced one that had been in use for 73 years, but was never officially accepted by the board.

In medieval heraldry, a griffin symbolized strength, and Abby P. Lytle used it in her 1895 design for a Purdue seal. When Professor Gowan redesigned the seal, he retained the griffin symbol to continue identification with the older, unofficial seal. As on the older seal, the words "Purdue University are set in the typeface Uncial. The three-part shield indicates three stated aims of the University: education, research, and service, replacing the words Science, Technology, and Agriculture on the earlier version.

School song

The official fight song of Purdue University, "Hail Purdue!," was composed in 1912 by alumni Edward Wotawa (music) and James Morrison (lyrics) as the "Purdue War Song".[78] "Hail Purdue" was copyrighted in 1913 and dedicated to the Varsity Glee Club.

The lyrics of the first verse and Chorus of "Hail Purdue" are as follows:

To your call once more we rally,
Alma Mater, hear our praise;
Where the Wabash spreads its valley,
Filled with joy our voices raise.
From the sky in swelling echoes
Come the cheers that tell the tale
Of your vic'tries and your heroes, Hail Purdue! We sing all Hail!

Hail Hail to Old Purdue!
All Hail to our Old Gold and Black!
Hail, Hail to Old Purdue!
Our friendship may she never lack,
Ever grateful ever true,
Thus we raise our song anew,
Of the days we spent with you
All Hail our own Purdue.

Grand Prix

This 50-mile, 160-lap go-kart race is "The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing" and wraps up Gala Week each year. All 33 participating karts are made from scratch by student teams. The event has been raising money for student scholarships since it began in 1958.[79] It was created as a counter-part to Indiana University's Little 500.

Old Oaken Bucket

Found on a farm in southern Indiana, the oaken bucket is one of the oldest football trophies in the nation. The winner of the annual Purdue vs. Indiana University American football game gets to add a bronze "P" or "I" chain link and keep the trophy until the next face-off. Ironically, the first competition in 1925 led to a 0-0 tie, resulting in the first link on the chain being an "IP." Purdue currently leads the all time series at 55-26-3.


Purdue University has long been associated with accomplished and distinguished students and faculty. Purdue alumni/alumnae have headed corporations, held federal offices, founded television networks, and flown through space. Purdue’s distinguished faculty have won Nobel prizes, solved long-standing riddles in science, headed government agencies, and received countless awards. Some alumni of Purdue include: Pulitzer prize-winning author Booth Tarkington, the legendary and iconic NCAA Champion baseketball coach John Wooden, popcorn specialist Orville Redenbacher, founder and CEO of C-Span Brian Lamb, pioneer of robotics and remote control technology Thomas B. Sheridan, Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist John T. McCutcheon, actor George Peppard, Chinese nationalist Sun Liren, Chinese physicist Deng Jiaxian and NFL Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese.

Purdue alumni/alumnae have an especially strong relationship with NASA. All together, Purdue has produced 22 astronauts, including Gus Grissom, the first person to return to space, Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the moon, and Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to do so.[80] Over one third of all of NASA's manned space missions have had at least one Purdue graduate as a crew member.[81] These individuals have led significant advances in research and development of aerospace technology and established an amazing record for exploration of space. Another Purdue aero major was Iven Kincheloe, who had been nicknamed "America's No. 1 Spaceman" for his extreme altitude rocket-powered test flights.

The Dauch Alumni Center acts as a showcase for the university's alumni and alumnae. The 67,000-square-foot (6,200 m2) center houses the offices of the Purdue Alumni Association and University Development. It is a destination and gathering area for the Purdue Alumni Association’s 68,000 members and more than 325,000 living alumni/alumnae.[82]

See also

  • Wikipedia Books: Purdue University – System, Academics, Athletics, Campus, Student life, and People


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Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S., is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University System.[1] Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name.[2] The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with three buildings, six instructors, and 39 students. Today, Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana as well as the second largest international student population of any public university in the United States.[3]
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Purdue offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in over 210 major areas of study. Purdue has produced multiple Nobel Prize winners, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and NFL Super Bowl MVPs. [4] The university has been highly influential in America's history of aviation, and Purdue's aviation technology and aeronautical engineering programs remain among the highest rated and most competitive in the world. In the mid-20th century, Purdue's aviation program expanded to encompass advanced spaceflight technology giving rise to Purdue's nickname, Cradle of Astronauts.[5]

Purdue's tenured faculty comprises sixty Academic Deans, Associate Deans, and Assistant Deans; 63 Academic Department Heads; 753 Professors; 547 Associate Professors and 447 Assistant Professors. Purdue employs 892 non-tenure-track faculty, Lecturers, and Postdoctorals at its West Lafayette campus. Purdue employs another 691 tenured and 1,021 Non-Tenure Track Faculty, Lecturers, and Postdoctorals at its Regional Campuses and Statewide Technology.

Purdue University generated a record $333.4 million in sponsored research funding during the 2007–08 fiscal year with participation from National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and Health and Human Services.[6]

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