Living and learning

Students who live on campus achieve greater academic success and graduation rates than do their off-campus peers. Purdue understands the link between on-campus living and student achievement. We are increasing our housing options to provide even more Boilermakers the opportunity to live on campus. We decline to participate in the “amenities arms race” and instead will focus our investments on facilities designed to enhance the academic experience. Through Purdue’s enhanced residential experience, we will give all students who choose to live on campus the greatest possible chance to grow, graduate and launch themselves on a path to fully productive lives.

Goals

  • We will continue to increase our housing options to better serve the undergraduate population.
  • 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.

Major Milestones

  • 41 percent of Purdue’s fall 2020 residential undergraduate students live on campus, including 92 percent of all incoming new students.  Even with a substantial portion of students choosing on-line for fall 2020, 36 percent of undergraduates and 79 percent of first year students chose to live on campus
  • Purdue’s room and board rates are the lowest in the Big Ten

Accomplishments

  • Two new residence halls opened on the West Lafayette campus in fall 2020, adding approximately 1,300 new beds.
    • Meredith South is one of the new facilities and will primarily focus on Learning Communities that support Women in Engineering, Science, Management, Technology and Agricultural studies.
    • The University Residences Support Centers in Shreve and Wiley Residence Halls as well as Cary Quadrangle provide students with a variety of study space including meeting rooms, conference rooms, group study rooms, computer labs and collaboration tables, all designed to meet various study styles. The Shreve URSC also allows multiple faculty members to hold Office Hours there
  • Supplemental Instruction — free, weekly, student-led study sessions for some of Purdue's most challenging courses — now holds more than 13 sessions in the residence halls each week
  • 2021-22 marks University Residences' eighth 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.
  • The Amelia Earhart Faculty-in-Residence educators will live, permanently, in a residential community for the entirety of the academic year. Their goal will be to mentor students and connect the out of classroom experience with the academic purpose of the University.
  • The Data Mine, part of the Integrative Data Science Initiative, is a data science living and learning community and will be the largest such community in the nation.
  • 2018-19 marks University Residences' fifth 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.
  • R1: Research Accelerator is one of our newest living and learning communities and accelerates student involvement in research, broadening their skillsets and preparing them for a variety of research environments. Multiple studies have identified undergraduate research as a high-impact experience that is associated with higher levels of academic achievement and student satisfaction. Students have the opportunity to take advanced research-focused courses where they will gain experience participating in publishable research.