On Campus with Curt: Purdue University

On Campus with Curt: Purdue University

Purdue University Sign

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded in 1869, as a land-grant university, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, and a $150,000 donation from Lafayette businessman John Purdue. 

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is president of the Big Ten institution that enrolls 38,000 students who are known as Boilermakers, or <em>Boilers</em> for short. In early years, Purdue's football team was called "grangers," "pumpkin-shuckers," "railsplitters," "cornfield sailors," "blacksmiths," and "foundry hands," but ultimately, it was Boilermakers that finally stuck. 

Engineering Fountain at Purdue 

Purdue is situated near the western bank of the Wabash River and the central quad of campus features the Purdue Mall-also known as the "Spine"-due to prominent academic buildings, including its highly-regarded engineering departments. The most prominent feature of the Purdue Mall is the 38' tall concrete Engineering Fountain. 

Purdue Bell Tower

Nearby, the Purdue Bell Tower is considered an iconic symbol of the university. 

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 last 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. Other notable alums include popcorn specialist Orville Redenbacher, founder and CEO of C-SPAN Brian Lamb; Presidential Candidate Herman Cain; basketball legend John Wooden; and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.

Dauch Alumni Center at Purdue

"Hail Purdue" is commonly heard among its proud faithful and the Dauch Alumni Center is a showcase for the university's former students, home to the Purdue Alumni Association.