44 Facts About Purdue University


Purdue University is a public land-grant research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the flagship campus of the Purdue University system.

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The university was founded in 1869 after Lafayette businessman John Purdue donated land and money to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name.

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Purdue University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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Purdue University issued its first degree, a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, in 1875.

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Rather than emulate the classical universities, White believed Purdue University should be an "industrial college" and devote its resources toward providing a broad, liberal education with an emphasis on science, technology, and agriculture.

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Purdue University intended not only to prepare students for industrial work, but to prepare them to be good citizens and family members.

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Purdue University set up about a hundred centers throughout Indiana to train skilled workers for defense industries.

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Purdue University awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1960.

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In recent years, Purdue University's leaders have continued to support high-tech research and international programs.

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Purdue University launched a Global Policy Research Institute in 2010 to explore the potential impact of technical knowledge on public policy decisions.

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Purdue University's campus is situated in the small city of West Lafayette, near the western bank of the Wabash River, across which sits the larger city of Lafayette.

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Purdue Mall is the central quad of Purdue University and was created to connect the academic campus with Ross-Ade Stadium.

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The most prominent feature of the Purdue Mall is the 38-foot-tall concrete Engineering Fountain, and features the Frederick L Hovde Hall of Administration, which houses the office of the university president, Mitchell E Daniels.

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Purdue University Hall is the only building remaining from the original six-building campus.

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Purdue University president, appointed by the board of trustees, is the chief administrative officer of the university.

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Purdue University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in over 211 major areas of study, and is well known for its competitive engineering curricula.

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Purdue University is considered by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to have "very high research activity".

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Purdue University was rated the nation's fourth best place to work in academia, according to rankings released in November 2007 by The Scientist magazine.

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Purdue University's researchers provide insight, knowledge, assistance, and solutions in many crucial areas.

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Purdue University was ranked fourth in Engineering research expenditures amongst all the colleges in the United States in 2017, with a research expenditure budget of 244.

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Purdue University established the Discovery Park to bring innovation through multidisciplinary action.

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Purdue University Press publishes print and ebook monograph series in a range of subject areas from literary and cultural studies to the study of the human-animal bond.

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In 1993 Purdue University Press was admitted to membership of the Association of American University Presses.

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Purdue University operates seventeen separate residence halls for its undergraduate and graduate students, including Cary Quadrangle, Earhart Hall, First Street Towers, Frieda Parker Hall, Harrison Hall, Hawkins Hall, Hillenbrand Hall, Hilltop Apartments, Honors College and Residences, McCutcheon Hall, Meredith Hall, Meredith South Hall, Owen Hall, Purdue Village, Shreve Hall, Tarkington Hall, Wiley Hall, Winifred Parker Hall, and the 5 Windsor Halls: Duhme, Shealy, Warren, Wood, and Vawter.

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Several of Purdue University's most distinguished graduates are members of fraternities and sororities.

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Students at Purdue University participate in more than 900 student organizations that cover a variety of interests.

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Some of the notable clubs founded by Purdue University students include the Purdue University Reamer Club and two clubs that eventually became nationwide organizations: the National Society of Black Engineers and the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.

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Purdue University Dance Marathon is an 18-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping, dance marathon that takes place each fall in the Cordova Recreation center.

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Purdue University has a number of religious organizations on and near the campus.

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Purdue University received $700, 000 in underwriting credit while agreeing to provide an investment of $250, 000 annually for two years to WFYI to offset initial operating costs.

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Purdue University is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, and played a central role in its creation.

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Purdue University was originally classified as a Major College school in the 1937 season until 1972.

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Purdue University received Division I classification in 1973, becoming a Division I-A program from 1978 to 2006 and an FBS program from 2006 to the present.

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The winner of Purdue's annual game against the Indiana University Hoosiers gets to keep the trophy until the next face-off and add a bronze "P" or "I" link to its chain.

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Purdue University basketball won its 24th Big Ten Conference Championship in 2019.

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Purdue University employs 892 non-tenure-track faculty, Lecturers, and Postdoctoral Researchers at its West Lafayette campus.

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Purdue University employs another 691 tenured and 1, 021 Non-Tenure Track Faculty, Lecturers, and Postdoctoral Researchers at its Regional Campuses and Statewide Technology unit.

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Purdue University alumni have achieved recognition in a range of areas, particularly in the science, engineering, and aviation industries.

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Purdue University alumni include 25 astronauts, including Gus Grissom, America's second man in space and first to fly in NASA's Gemini program, Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the Moon, and Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to do so.

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In science, Purdue University has produced Nobel Prize–winning physicists in Edward Mills Purcell and Ben Roy Mottelson, as well as Nobel Prize–winning chemist Akira Suzuki.

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In sports, Purdue University has produced basketball coach John Wooden; basketball Hall of Famers Stretch Murphy, Piggy Lambert, and Rick Mount; NBA Champions Paul Hoffman, Herm Gilliam, Frank Kendrick, Jerry Sichting, Glenn Robinson, and Brian Cardinal; and NBA All-Stars Glenn Robinson, Brad Miller, Terry Dischinger, and Joe Barry Carroll.

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Purdue University has three NFL Super Bowl–winning quarterbacks in Drew Brees, Bob Griese, and Len Dawson.

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Additionally, a total of 19 Purdue University alumni have been on a Super Bowl–winning team as of 2011.

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Three Purdue University alumni have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States: Neil Armstrong, Brian Lamb, and John Wooden.

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