5 Buildings at Purdue University You Need to Know

Purdue University fountain

If you’re paying a lot of money for a college, you definitely want to be sure that it has nice facilities and buildings. For some people, having a nice campus is an essential. With that being said, here’s 5 buildings at Purdue you need to know.

1. University Hall

University Hall

University Hall is a classic sight on Purdue’s campus. Every student knows it, as it stands out from the rest of the buildings. This is the only original Purdue building that still stands past its construction in 1874.

2. Memorial Union

Memorial Union

Purdue’s Memorial Union Hotel is another iconic, beautiful building on campus. It opened in 1924, and today it is a hub for student and community life. This building acts as a hotel but also a public building with restaurants, a bowling alley, and more.

3. Elliot Hall

Elliot Hall

The Elliot Hall of Music is one of the top 5 college theaters in America. Elliot Hall was designed by the same architect who made the Radio City Music Hall in New York. This building hosts the school’s music groups, as well as many guest performers.

4. Bell Tower

Bell Tower

The Purdue Bell Tower is a huge landmark on campus. It houses the original tower’s bells after it burned down in 1894. It is said that any student who steps on the seal below the tower before graduation will not graduate in 4 years, so be careful!

5. Ross-Ade Stadium

Ross Ade Stadium
Purdue is a renowned sports school across America, so it’s only fitting that they have an amazing stadium to go with it. The Ross-Ade stadium can seat nearly 60,000 people, and is a hotspot for Purdue students and fans alike.

Interesting Facts About Purdue University

1. The Drum


Purdue’s massive drum, A.K.A ‘Big Bass Drum’, is actually the world’s largest drum! It is 10 feet tall and has a crew of 4 people who attend to it during games, and 2 drum players.

2. Airport

Purdue Airport

Having an airport near your school is a pretty basic need, especially if you live far away. Believe it or not, Purdue actually owns its own airport! This is the first university owned airport in America, and also the second largest airport in Indiana!

3. Aviation

Purdue Aviation

Purdue seems to really like planes, because they also offer the world’s first 4 year Bachelors degree in Aviation! Purdue is well known for its aerospace and engineering program, so this is a great school for anyone into aviation!

4. Rivalry

Players with the Bucket

A massive college rivalry in the U.S is between Purdue and Indiana. In fact, both teams compete for a certain trophy! This trophy is called the Old Oaken Bucket and the tradition of fighting for it has persisted since 1891.

5. Nuclear Reactor

Purdue Reactor

Purdue is one of the 24 American universities that have nuclear reactors. Inside the engineering building lies a 17 foot deep nuclear reactor! This is also the first and only nuclear reactor in Indiana.

Author: Amanda Burnes

I'm a freshman at Syracuse University, who's excited to be writing for OneClass!

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