Purdue University

Alyssa Yaden


History. Traditions. Achievements. The Boilermaker story is full of milestones that have had a significant impact on our state, nation and world. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869,Purdue University in West Lafayette is a public institution that was founded in 1869. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 29,440, its setting is urban. Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana as well as the fourth largest student population of any university in the United States.

Athletic Department


On October 26, 1891, the Purdue football team was for the first time called "Boiler Makers" by a Crawfordsville reporter who wrote about Purdue's 44-0 trouncing of Wabash College. Soon after, Lafayette newspapers picked up the name, and in October 1892 "The Purdue Exponent" gave it the stamp of approval. In the early days of Purdue football, the team was called other names as well, including "haymakers," "railsplitters," "sluggers," and "cornfield sailors."



  • Nicole Latham - Purdue assistant coach
  • Mark Coleman - nationals choreographer and consultant
  • Tiffany Garretson - former Purdue Cheerleader

    Steve Solberg - Spirit Coordinator & Head Cheer Coach

    Nicole Smith - Choreographer/Coach

    Duane Johnson - Volunteer Coach

    Clint Shireman - Volunteer Coach

  • Fun Facts

    Enrollment: 38,788

    Founded: 1869

    Colors: Old Gold & Black

    Nickname: Boilermakers

    Conference: Big Ten

    Ross-Ade Stadium seats: 57,236

    Mackey Arena seats: 14,264

    Intercollegiate Athletics Facility seats: 1,696