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Student Life Facts

See below for interesting facts related to student life at Purdue, arranged by month. To view information, click on the month desired.

University Residences recently opened two new residence halls, Meredith Hall South and Griffin Hall North, which house approximately 1,300 students.
This was the fifth year of Purdue Dining & Culinary's Jump Start program, an early orientation program that pairs student employee training with relationship building and leadership training.
Purdue Student Government recently held a virtual leadershipsummit attended by more than 280 student leaders.
Purdue Bands & Orchestras will live stream select performances throughout the Fall semester in an effort to bring the spirit of Purdue to the university community, alumni, and friends.
Purdue's Learning Community program will expand to 96 LC's this Fall, serving over 3,100 students.
For the thirteenth consecutive semester, the GPAs of Greek and Cooperative Life students exceeded the campus average, 3.55 to 3.30, for the Spring 2020 semester.
For the 2019-20 academic year, Purdue offered over 1,000 student organizations.
Purdue's LGBTQ Center received a five star rating (the highest possible) from the Campus Pride Index.
  1. Elliott Hall of Music was rated as the #5 campus theater in the nation by Best College Reviews.
  2. With Purdue providing students the option of attending all-online courses in the Fall, Student Life departments are providing many virtual resources including telehealth and virtual activities.    
  3. The Office of the Vice Provost of Student Life recently partnered with Cornerstone Liberal Arts to create a "My Quarantine Story" competition, prompting students to reflect on the unique historical moment.
  4. Purdue Musical Organizations' incorporation of technology through the iSing initiative has enhanced opportunities for rehearsal, feedback, and composition for student participants. 
  1. In a recent survey, 88% of students expressed satisfaction with the atmosphere created by the Purdue Memorial Union.
  2. Purdue Dining & Culinary's supplemental dining operations including Pete's Za and 1bowl outperformed benchmarks at other institutions on the recent NACUFS survey.  
  3. Purdue was recently selected from over 1,000 universities as the recipient of the Don Clifton Strengths for Students Award for its use of "myStrengths" to enhance student leadership.  
  4. RecWell has been conducting virtual Group X classes to help students stay connected to their health and wellness while away from campus. 
  1. Purdue University Student Health and the Department of Health & Kinesiology partnered to create a clinical site for students in the athletic training program to practice physical therapy.
  2. The 2019 NACUFS Benchmarking survey saw Purdue Dining & Culinary meeting students' expectations more frequently than peers, perhaps most notably in terms of value.
  3. Research by Student Life's Dr. Amanda Mayes and others on the effect of live theater on business ethics was recently published in the Humanistic Management Journal.
  4. University Residences' Executive-in-Residence program recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a panel of retuning executives spanning over 430 years of professional experience.
  1. Online publication, Best College Reviews, ranked the Purdue Memorial Union 16th Best Student Union in the Country.
  2. Purdue Bands & Orchestras has unveiled "Purdue Quarantunes" on Instagram in an effort to help keep students connected through the unifying power of music.
  3. CAPS is providing telehealth services including screenings, therapy, and other forms of care to better serve students during social distancing measures.
  4. Purdue Recreation & Wellness recently launched e-sports intramurals in a variety of games including NBA2K, Rocket League, and FIFA20.
  1. The average GPAs for students in Purdue Greek and Cooperative Organizations are consistently higher than those for the general Purdue population.
  2. Student Life recently held its Human Library event, where individuals have conversations with "living books" based on their life experiences.
  3. 93% of Purdue Musical Organizations students noted that their PMO experience helped them improve their leadership skills.
  4. Student Life Marketing was recently recognized at the annual Indianapolis ADDY Awards including a graphic designer's gold recognition for the RecWell Legacy Wall.
  1. For the 2018-19 academic year, Purdue Greek and Cooperative Organizations raised over $820,000 for charitable causes.
  2. The Third Annual UR Men's Leadership Series was recently completed with four speakers including CEO of Parrish McDonald's Restaurants, Roland Parrish.
  3. Over 3,900 people utilized Purdue Dining & Culinary's automated delivery service during the Fall 2019 semester.
  4. Purdue Counseling & Psychological Services recently transitioned to a new care model in order to better meet demand for services.
  1. 84% of students surveyed rated their experience at Purdue University Student Health Service at "high quality."
  2. Purdue Recreation & Wellness recently unveiled "RecWell," an app that allows students to view schedules and reserve spots in group fitness classes.
  3. Nearly 20% of undergraduate students are members of one of Purdue's 90+ Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative organizations.
  4. Purdue Dining & Culinary was ranked #19 in the nation by Best Value Schools and #41 by
  1. The Purdue Marching Band was ranked as the #4 college marching band in the country in 2019 by the website ThoughtCo and #6 by College Raptor.
  2. Last year, Purdue Musical Organizations students performed 91 times in 30 cities, 5 states and 3 countries.
  3. Jay Gephart, Director of Purdue University Bands & Orchestras, recently received the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award for contributions to Hoosier heritage.
  4. The percentage of students deciding to return to University Residences has increased from 39.0% in 2007 to 50.1% in 2019.
  1. University Residences houses a record number of students — nearly 14,600 — for the fall 2019 semester, providing each student access to a wide variety of residential academic initiatives.
  2. Student Life recently held a "History of Horror" walking tour that highlighted events from Purdue’s rich history as a benefit for the United Way.
  3. Purdue Dining & Culinary recently partnered with Starship Technologies to bring automated food delivery robots to the Purdue campus, making Purdue the largest campus in the world with that technology.
  4. Purdue Musical Organizations recently welcomed high school students from across the state to provide instruction on singing and performing.
  1. Purdue recently launched Steps to Leaps, a campuswide initiative geared toward bolstering student success based on the pillars of well-being, leadership, impact-making, network building and grit.
  2. The Jumpstart program helped over 100 student employees in Purdue Dining & Culinary gain leadership training while giving them the opportunity to work to receive reimbursement for their Boiler Gold Rush fee.
  3. Purdue has the lowest predominant room and board rate for Big Ten institutions for the 2019-20 academic year, the result of seven consecutive years without a rate increase for students.
  4. University Residences' Executive-in-Residence program brings leaders from business, higher education, aerospace and entrepreneurship to campus, allowing students to learn from them in small-group settings.