Living and learning

While many of its peer universities are pushing for more online learning, Purdue is paying close attention to the link between on-campus living and student achievement, because research continues to demonstrate that students who live on campus achieve greater academic success and graduation rates than do their off-campus peers. Data indicates that those who live on campus have a retention rate that averaged 7.2 percentage points higher over a one-year period than their off-campus peers, and a 10-year average GPA that is 0.15 points higher.

By integrating living and learning spaces on campus, Purdue will give every student the greatest possible chance to grow, graduate and launch himself or herself on a path to a fully productive life.


  • We will increase our housing options so at least half of our students can live on campus.
  • Residence halls will bridge the gap between living and learning with classes taught within residence halls, faculty and advisor offices just steps away from students' rooms, and study areas providing havens from the hustle of daily life.


  • On the West Lafayette campus, 12,914 undergraduate students — about 42 percent of the fall 2017 undergraduate student population — reside in University Residences facilities. This is the highest undergraduate occupancy in University Residences on record.
  • Nearly 94 percent of first-year undergraduate students will live on campus during the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Opened in fall 2014, Third Street Suites supports student learning and improves academic success by incorporating various study spaces, meeting rooms, and potential instructional spaces into the design of the building. It further bridges the gap between living and learning through its location in the Student Success Corridor, straddling the traditionally conceived academic and residential areas of campus.
  • The Honors College and Residences facility opened fall 2016 in Purdue's Student Success Corridor with 848 students living in a hall with 40,000 square feet of dedicated academic space, including offices for more than 30 Honors College faculty and staff and an Honors Hall with seating for more than 400, blurring the line between living and learning.
  • A second and third University Residences Support Center opened on the first floors of Cary Quadrangle and Wiley residence halls, offering meeting rooms, tutoring space, a computer lab and collaboration tables to help meet the academic needs of students in Purdue's northern residential communities.
  • The first University Residences Support Center on the ground floor of Shreve Hall encompasses nearly 18,000 square feet of space that provides students with a variety of study space including meeting rooms, conference rooms, group study rooms, a computer lab and collaboration tables, all designed to meet various study styles.
  • An interdisciplinary residence hall for students in the arts and STEM fields is also in development. It will house approximately 800 students and will become the new location for Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
  • In fall 2015, Engineering Honors partnered with University Residences to renovate additional space in Shreve Hall to develop an “ideas 2 innovation” (i2i) style teaching lab for use by Engineering Honors sections. Further embracing the integration of living and learning, this space is open for non-academic activities after class hours.
  • Conversations are currently underway with multiple academic units around campus to further "academicize" residence halls. As part of this initiative, the Academic Success Center — which includes Supplemental Instruction, Peer Success Coaching, academic consultations and study skills workshops — recently moved into a renovated space in Wiley Hall.
  • Shreve Hall became the first hall to become a themed hall. As a Strengths Hall, all Shreve residents took the Gallup StrengthsQuest ;assessment and participated in hall programming geared toward the 34 strengths outlined by Gallup.
  • Supplemental Instruction — free, weekly, student-led study sessions for some of Purdue's most challenging courses — now holds more than 20 sessions in the residence halls each week.
  • Residential academic initiatives continue to grow, with the number of learning communities growing by 17 percent over the past year, from 58 to 68.
  • 2017-18 marks University Residences' fourth year of the Executive-in-Residence program, which invites top-level Purdue alumni back to campus for a weeklong stay in the residence halls, during which they mentor students through both formal presentations and informal interactions.

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