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Purdue Campus Locations

Main Campus

Purdue's main campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Regional Campuses

Purdue offers academic programs on four regional campuses:

Statewide Technology

In addition to its academic programs offered at Purdue's campuses, the College of Technology offers learning programs at several other locations in the state of Indiana.

For more information, see Statewide Technology.

The Purdue Boilermakers

On October 26, 1891, a newspaper in Crawfordsville, Indiana, called Purdue's football team the "Boiler Makers" when writing about their trouncing of Wabash College. Lafayette newspapers soon picked up the name, and in October 1892, The Purdue Exponent, Purdue's student newspaper, gave it the stamp of approval. In the early days of Purdue football, the team was called other names as well, including "haymakers," "railsplitters," "sluggers," and "cornfield sailors."

Purdue's University's Mascot

The Boilermaker Special is the official mascot train of Purdue. The idea for the Special began with an article in The Purdue Exponent by Isreal Silkowitz. The first train was presented on September 11, 1940. Since then, the Special has chugged its way to football games and around campus to help rally the Purdue spirit.

Including the first Boilermaker Special, Purdue has had five versions of the mascot train through the years. The fifth version was dedicated September 25, 1993.

A smaller version of the mascot, the Boilermaker Special IV, or X-tra Special as it is nicknamed, also makes appearances at special events.

The Reamer Club serves as official caretaker of the Specials, taking responsibility for appearance and maintenance.

Athletic Conference

Purdue is part of the Big Ten Conference for intercollegiate athletics.

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