Classes began at Purdue on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students. White, the university’s president from 1876 to 1883, followed a strict interpretation of the Morrill Act.
Rather than emulate the classical universities, White believed that Purdue should be an "industrial college" and devote its resources toward providing a liberal (or broad) education with an emphasis on science, technology, and agriculture.
Communities throughout the state offered their facilities and money to bid for the location of the new college.
Popular proposals included the addition of an agriculture department at Indiana State University or at what is now Butler University.
Purdue’s on-campus housing became racially desegregated in 1947, following pressure from Purdue President Frederick L. A decade-long construction program emphasized science and research.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s the university established programs in veterinary medicine, industrial management, and nursing, as well as the first computer science department in the United States.
State Street, which is concurrent with State Road 26, divides the northern and southern portions of campus.
Academic buildings are mostly concentrated on the eastern and southern parts of campus, with residence halls and intramural fields to the west, and athletic facilities to the north.
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