Purdue University, home of the Boilermakers, is a public, higher institution located in West Lafayette, Indiana. This university was founded in 1869 by a land-grant donated from John Purdue, a Lafayette businessman and philanthropist. He donated the money to create a university that would encompass the fields of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first day of classes consisted of six instructors and thirty-nine students and the campus itself only consisted of six buildings, only which one is remaining today, otherwise known as University Hall.
Today, Purdue University offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 Master and Doctoral programs, professional degrees in pharmacy, and professional degrees in veterinary medicine. There are over 3,000 instructors and 39,000 students in attendance indicated by the Purdue University Data Digest 2012-2013. It enrolls the second largest student body of any university in the state of Indiana and is known to have the fourth largest international student population of any university in the nation. The campus itself consists of over 2,600 acres. Well-known as a world-class research institution, an additional 15,000 acres is dedicated for industrial and agricultural research. Purdue is also one of the Big Ten members having 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations. For more information about Purdue University, please refer to the website at www.purdue.edu.