April 14, 2023

Trustees approve 1,000 beds for student housing via resolution with Purdue Research Foundation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University trustees on Friday (April 14) approved a resolution confirming their support for development by the Purdue Research Foundation of a close to 1,000-bed student housing project at Third Street and McCormick Road in West Lafayette.

The project will consist of 401 units serving primarily Purdue students. Initially the project is expected to house almost 1,000 students.

The project was approved by the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission in April 2022, and construction is currently anticipated to begin this summer to allow occupancy for the Fall 2025 semester. The expedited availability of the project provides additional flexibility to Purdue and the West Lafayette community in meeting identified housing needs.

Purdue staff also confirmed that a detailed study is underway to develop a new student housing facility adjacent to the existing Hillenbrand Residence Hall. The university anticipates the Board of Trustees will consider a new facility project for approval this summer.

One of the key goals of Purdue’s transformative education initiative is increasing student success and value by adding housing capacity to ensure there are on-campus living opportunities for undergraduate students at the university’s West Lafayette campus.

Earlier this year, Purdue President Mung Chiang directed the creation of the Action Council on Student Housing and Wellbeing under the leadership of Provost Patrick Wolfe and Chief Financial Officer Chris Ruhl.

Since 2013 Purdue enrollment has increased 31%, while the number of on-campus beds will have increased 35% after the new projects described today are completed.

“After the Third-McCormick and Hillenbrand South residences come online, availability for student housing will substantially further increase at Purdue,” Chiang said. “Our university again reaffirmed the importance of residential learning for Boilermakers.”

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last five years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://stories.purdue.edu.

About Purdue Research Foundation

The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. Established in 1930, the foundation accepts gifts; administers trusts; funds scholarships and grants; acquires property; protects Purdue's intellectual property; and promotes entrepreneurial activities on behalf of Purdue. The foundation manages the Purdue Foundry, Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, Purdue Research Park, Discovery Park District, Purdue Technology Centers and University Development Office. In 2020, the IPWatchdog Institute ranked Purdue third nationally in startup creation and in the top 20 for patents. The foundation received the 2019 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Place from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Sources: Mung Chiang

Chris Ruhl

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