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Student Life Facts

John Eckman was recently named Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life. The former Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Services at Appalachian State will lead University Residences and Purdue Dining & Culinary. ranked Purdue’s student life 92nd best out of over 3,500 colleges and universities.
New students participating in Purdue living-learning communities had average GPAs of 3.36 compared to 3.20 for other new students.
During Purdue Day of Giving, Purdue Bands & Orchestras amassed the most total donors with 3,599, totaling more than $1.2 million in gifts.
The Midwest Association of Student Employee Administrators recently awarded Student Life’s Kristin Kirchner as Supervisor of the Year while Ailin Fei, Daniel Martin, Ravani Sansoya, Ella Springer & Chip Stembler all received various Employee of the Year honors. Learn more here.
Purdue is poised to open its Indianapolis campus in Fall 2024 with Student Life providing many valuable resources including well-being services, housing, student organizations and more.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity took the top two positions at the recent Grand Prix, with winner Aidan Fox leading every lap of the race.
The Steps to Leaps Summit was recently held with 132 members of the Purdue community coming together to discuss well-being and other strategies for student success.
94% of Purdue’s fourth year students are involved in co-curricular experiences including student organizations, learning communities, research, or student employment.
Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestras Adam Bodony was recently recognized by Yamaha’s “40 Under 40.”
CAPS helps connect students with many resources to proactively address their well-being.
Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life members completed over 46,000 hours of community service during the Fall 2023 semester while raising over $492,000 as philanthropy.
Academic Influence, an analytics organization, recently named Purdue the safest college in the nation.
The Purduettes, a Purdue Musical Organization, will perform a Spring Break concert tour in Fort Myers, Orlando and other cities in Florida.
Professor Jay Gephart, Director of Purdue Bands & Orchestras, received the Al & Gladys Wright Distinguished Legacy Award at the Midwest Band Clinic.
Purdue faculty and staff are invited to attend the Steps to Leaps Summit on March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beck Ag Center.
Students involved with RecWell programs feel a higher sense of belonging than other students.
GE General Manager Matt Szolwinski and Stryker Director Chris Jones will serve as Executives in Residence for February, sharing their leadership knowledge with Purdue students.
Purdue Musical Organizations has launched, which provides curated historical performances and new content for subscribers.
91% of Purdue Bands & Orchestras alumni agreed that their bands & orchestra experience helped them develop leadership skills.
Students involved in Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life typically have higher levels of belongingness than other Purdue students.
Purdue Counseling & Psychological Services ranks in the top 4% of universities nationally for the number of students served.
Convocations, CAPS, multiple academic departments and other areas recently collaborated on the StairWELL interactive sculptural installation, which allows students to explore well-being.
The Roger C. Stewart Leadership and Professional Development Department has partnered with multiple community organizations through Season of Sharing, providing local nonprofits with gifts for children and families.
Student Legal Services, which provides over 600 Purdue students with legal assistance each year, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this Fall.
The Grand Prix track recently hosted student organization Theta Tau's annual Corgi Race, a fundraiser that helps provide food for children in Eswatini.
87% of new students became involved in at least one student organization or campus activity during their first six weeks on campus.
Purdue Bands and Orchestras' 34th annual Jazz Fest is scheduled for January 20, featuring performances in nine different campus venues.
The Roger C. Stewart Leadership & Professional Development Department recently hosted Make a Difference Day with community partner Wabash Riverkeeper.
Purdue Musical Organizations' "Purdue Christmas Show" is scheduled to run December 1-3 at Elliott Hall of Music, marking the 90th year of this tradition.

The National Panhellenic Conference recently recognized Purdue with the College Panhellenic Excellence Award for their accomplishments this year.

This semester, University Residences is housing nearly 16,000 students, the largest on-campus population ever.

Purdue Musical Organizations’ Halloween Spooktacular concert will be held October 29th in Loeb Playhouse.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras recently welcomed a new Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Lucas H. Petersen.

Purdue Dining & Culinary recently celebrated the eighth year of Jump Start, an early orientation program for student employees that focuses on building leadership skills.

Purdue Convocations’ 2023-24 season kicks off this month with two events, West Lafayette Global Fest and Grandmaster Flash.

CAPS recently made Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) available to students. The app provides free, confidential wellbeing resources through self-guided programs.

Purdue University Student Health Center provides monthly Steps to Leaps wellness information for students.

Steps to Leaps recently launched a redesigned website ( to better connect the Purdue community with the initiative.
Purdue’s Sigma Nu Fraternity recently received the Rock Chapter Award from their national office for ideal operation across a broad range of areas, its fourth time receiving the honor.
RecWell’s Tanya Bailey and Courtney Wininger were the inaugural recipients of the Inspiring Leaps Staff Awards.
Purdue’s Weeks of Welcome kicks off August 19th with Student Activities & OrganizationsB-Involved Fair.
Purdue Convocations recently announced their 2023-24 season, which includes performances such as Hairspray, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Shrek the Musical and Grandmaster Flash.
A recent collaboration between Purdue Dining & Culinary and the Department of Nutrition Science helped students develop their professional communication and cultural understanding skills while delivering nutrition services.

Purdue’s Student Legal Services helps advise students on issues including tenant rights and other common legal questions.
The Caduceus Club student organization helps future medical school students gain hands-on healthcare experience through service with non-profit organizations. ranked Purdue's student life 95th best out of over 3,800 colleges and universities.
The Boiler Support Network, a student organization founded in 2021, hosts peer support groups and promotes well-being of students.
Student interns Karla Alvarado and Taylor Thomas recently won ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Foundation for their creative work with Student Life Marketing.
The Roger C. Stewart Leadership & Professional Development Department provides experiential learning resources tied to their 20 LEAD competencies.
Purdue's Ice Hockey Club recently competed in the AHCA National Championship tournament for the first time in over 60 years.
University Residences' Men's and Women's Leadership Series recently provided 72 students with mentoring and educational sessions surrounding the concept of well-being.
Purdue Bands & Orchestras once again had the highest number of total donors during Purdue Day of Giving, earning $188,520 across 3,258 gifts.
Students can use Counseling & Psychological Services' WellTrack software to track their moods and improve their mental well-being.
The Purdue All-American Marching Band recently performed in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
University Residences recently upgraded Wi-Fi equipment, yielding improved reliability, speed and bandwidth.
Counseling & Psychological Services launched "Let's Talk" this semester, weekly confidential drop-in consultations at various locations throughout campus.
The annual Steps to Leaps Summit was recently held, focusing on how members of the Purdue community can support well-being.
Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life members completed over 37,000 hours of community service during the Fall 2022 semester while raising over $323,000 as philanthropy.
Engineering Projects in Community Service, a Living-Learning Community, recently led an effort to send greenhouse materials to the Lakota Nation in order to promote food sovereignty.
The Roger C. Stewart Leadership & Professional Development Department recently held a Community Organizing Institute for students.
Purdue's Student Concert Committee recently announced a trio of upcoming shows from musicians Noah Kahan, Sudan Archives and Slow Pulp.
The Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed a joint concert at the Palladium with Carmel High School.
Associate Dean of Students for Education & Advocacy Zenephia Evans was recently awarded with the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamer Award for embodying MLK's vision of service to others.
Purdue Convocations recently hosted TEDx: Terrarium, aimed at exploring intersections in technology, design, culture, and other aspects of today's world.
University Residences' Executive in Residence program hosted Rodrick Glass, VP of Creative Realities, and Danny Varghese, President of Formitize, this month. The program connects students with real world leaders.
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life Todd Wetzel was recently named co-Chair of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals' APAP/NYC+ Conference.
Purdue RecWell provides students with over 35 different intramural sports options during the 2022-23 academic year.
Steps to Leaps will host a summit for faculty and staff on March 22nd with the focus of exploring how the five pillars support holistic well-being.
The Roger C. Stewart Leadership & Professional Development Department celebrated MLK Day of Service with projects based on this year's theme of food justice.
A tradition since 1933, Purdue Musical Organizations' Christmas Show was held recently at Elliott Hall of Music.
"Purdue Crew - 20 Years of Rowing: 1949-69" was recently released by Charles Bruce Blackwell, highlighting the first 20 years of this club sport.
Phi Gamma Delta's class of 1975 recently funded the construction of Friendship Grove near West Stadium Drive, a shaded location to promote socializing outdoors and well-being.
More than 70% of students who returned to University Residences cited hall community as an important aspect of their decision to return to campus.
81% of new students became involved in at least one campus activity or student organization in their first six weeks on campus.
Daniel Pierce currently mentors students as a Senior Faculty Fellow in McCutcheon Hall, the same residence hall he lived in as a freshman in 2000.
The Roger C. Stewart Center for Leadership & Professional Development Department offers a free non-credit course to help students grow in competencies identified by employers as essential to their future work.
Purdue Bands & Orchestras recently presented their Fall Super Jazz Jam at Loeb Playhouse.
Purdue University has the lowest predominant room and board rate for Big 10 institutions once again for the 2022-23 academic year.
Purdue Musical Organizations presents the PMO Spooktacular this month, a special Halloween concert at Loeb Playhouse on October 30th at 7 p.m.
Purdue Convocations welcomed Broadway back to Purdue this month with The Book of Mormon, the first of five performances scheduled this year.
University Residences is currently housing nearly 15,900 students, its largest ever on-campus population.
New student employees for Purdue Dining & Culinary recently participated in Jump Start, the seventh year the department has hosted the early orientation program that focuses on building leadership skills.
73% of Purdue students utilized RecWell during the 2021-22 academic year with a total of over 1.2 million individual visits.
Purdue's Panhellenic Association was recently recognized by the National Panhellenic Conference for their work to support the sorority experience during 2021-22.
September saw the kickoff of Purdue's annual Steps to Leaps Dialogues series, helping students engage around five important pillars.
For the Spring 2022 semester, Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life students once again outperformed the campus average GPA, 3.18 to 3.13.
Results from the EBI Benchmarking survey show that University Residences has consistently outperformed other institutions in many critical areas such as safety & security, dining services and student staff.
RecWell has a variety of financial-based workshops planned for the Fall semester, helping students learn about budgeting, building credit and managing debt. 
While Purdue has no music majors, over 1,100 students are involved in Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
Purdue University Student Health recently welcomed its new director, Dr. Brenda Masiga-Crowell, who comes to Purdue from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. 
97% of MyStrengths participants agreed that the tool helped further their personal and professional development.
Purdue Convocations recently announced its 2022-23 season, featuring dozens of events including concerts, dance performances, and Broadway theater.
A recent survey found that 86% of students involved in Purdue Musical Organizations feel it has helped further their learning.
Purdue Bands & Orchestras once again received the highest total number of gifts for Purdue Day of Giving, with 3,721 gifts totaling over $2.4 million. ranked Purdue's student life as 96th best out of over 1,600 universities for 2022.
The Purdue Parents & Families Club, a partnership between Athletics and Student Life, aims to help families build deeper connections to Purdue.
Over 56% of Purdue students are actively involved in one student organization while more than 28% are involved in multiple.
Alexander Kardashian won the 65th Purdue Grand Prix while a driver from Harrison Hall placed second and Cary Quad drivers finished third and fifth. 
Five Purdue students have been certified to train peers in QPR Suicide Prevention in a partnership between Purdue Student Government and the Office of the Dean of Students
 A recent survey revealed that the Purdue Student Health Center's services have a 93% satisfaction rate. 

Over the past five years, underrepresented minority (URM) students involved in Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life were more likely to remain at Purdue for their sophomore year than the Purdue URM average, 94.3% to 89.6%. 

A new student organization, Steps to Leaps Students, was created to help students develop in the five pillars of impact, well-being, leadership, networks and grit.
The All Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life semester GPA for Fall 2021 was 3.16, higher than the all undergraduate GPA for the 16th consecutive semester.
In the recent NACUFS benchmarking survey, Purdue Dining & Culinary outperformed peer institutions on 22 out of 25 categories.
Juanita Richey was recently named the new Director of the Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (CARE).
The Roger C. Stewart Leadership and Professional Development Department's Elect Her program is the only program in the country that trains college women to run for student government and future political office.

Purdue's Office of Civic Engagement recently commemorated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with community partner United Way of Greater Lafayette.

The Purdue Jazz Band will recognize Valentine's Day with a 1940s Big Band style "Evening of Romance" concert in Marriott Hall.

Purdue Musical Organizations provides over $350,000 in scholarships to 173 students across the West Lafayette campus.

Purdue RecWell is offering free Group X fitness courses during the Spring 2022 semester.

Student Activities & Organizations' Martia Brawner King and University Residences' Susan Huffman recently received 2021 Special Boilermaker Awards for their contributions to the betterment of the educational experience.
From 2016-2021, Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life organizations performed on average more than 35,000 hours of community service each semester and raised on average over $400,000 per semester for philanthropies.
Students participating in Club Sports, competitive student sport organizations, consistently have GPAs and retention rates higher than the Purdue average.