Many improvements have been made to the volleyball facilities in the last several years. As part of a $750,000 renovation, the original playing surface was removed and replaced with a playing floor specifically designed for volleyball. The shock-absorbing court is named Belin Court in honor of the Belin family which gave the lead gift toward the renovations.
In addition to the new floor, the installation of new bleachers, including a number of seat-back chairs, increased the seating capacity from 1,696 to 2,288. New scoreboards, team banners and other aesthetic changes also were included in the renovation.
The overall grade point average for student athletes has surpassed that of the general student body for 22 consecutive semesters. After the 2008 spring semester, the cumulative student-athlete GPA was a 2.98.
Six volleyball players earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition for 2008.
Purdue truly has one of the fastest improving teams in the nation. According to the season-end national rankings, Purdue has improved over the last seven seasons from 141st to 37th to 14th to 11th with the arrival of Head Coach Dave Shondell. Purdue was ranked in the top 25 throughout the 2008 season.
Intercollegiate Athletics receives no funding from the state or University budgets. The John Purdue Club is comprised of more than 9000 Boilermaker alumni and fans who contribute nearly $6 million annually to underwrite the scholarship and academic support costs for student-athletes at Purdue.
The Intercollegiate Athletics academics support staff is among the best in the nation. Tutors are always available for students in any course, laptop computers are available for check-out for athletes for road trips, and each team is assigned an academic advisor who has weekly meetings with student-athletes tracking academic performance. There is also a computing center with 70 computers available in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility.
The reputation of Purdue's athletic training education program reaches nationwide. Graduates of the program are head and assistant trainers in the NFL, NBA, Big Ten, Pac-10, as well as other conferences across the country. The volleyball team has a staff trainer as well as two student trainers each year at every practice and match. Purdue University Sports Medicine also utilizes on-site daily care by the athletic training staff, team physicians, and consultants in orthopedics, dentistry, ophthalmology, neurology, and other medical specialties with offices in the Greater Lafayette area and Indianapolis.
Big Ten universities are among the national attendance leaders in football, men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball. During 2006 - 2007, 8.7 million fans attended Big Ten home contests in those sports.
The volleyball team was 8th in the nation with an average attendance of nearly 2,485 fans per match this season. This is the fifth-straight season Purdue has been ranked among the Top 15 nationally in attendance average in volleyball.
Intel ranked Purdue #2 for most unwired campus in the nation. Every building on Purdue's campus has wireless internet access for students.
There are more than 1,011 student organizations at Purdue.
Purdue University is the only Big Ten School to have an airport located on campus.
Purdue has the nation's second largest Greek systems with approximately 5,000 student members holding membership in one of 50 men's fraternities or 27 women's fraternities and sororities, about 20% of the general student population.
Most student-athletes stay in the same dorm, only a 5 minute walk to the athletic facilities. Next door is a brand new cafeteria featuring entrees, salad bars, a soup and potato bar, a deli counter, make-your-own stir fry, and dessert bars. There are also take-out available, mini-marts, and grills in most of the dorms. This is all a part of Purdue University Residence's $48 million expansion and renovation project to be completed by the fall of 2007.
The West Lafayette Campus has a central undergraduate library and 14 comprehensive libraries devoted to various academic disciplines.
In a survey done by Forbes Magazine, West Lafayette was recently ranked the 6th-smartest small town in America
Purdue University ranked in the top 100 of the Princeton Review's list of "best value" colleges for 2009.
The University offers over 7400 courses in more than 500 undergraduate degrees and specializations in 12 schools.
The Times of London recently ranked Purdue University as 59th in the world, 25th in North America, 22nd in the US, and 9th for American public universities.
In 2008 the Financial Times ranked the Krannert School of Management executive MBA program 64th world wide, 34th in the US, 5th best in Industry, and 4th best in Statistics. The Krannert Executive Education Programs are also ranked 1st worldwide in international course experience. The Financial Times of London ranked the Krannert School of Management MBA program 4th worldwide in placement success.
The Wall Street Journal ranked the Krannert School of Management MBA program 3rd in 2006-2007. In 2008 the U.S News and World Report Ranked it 3rd as well.
Purdue offers degrees in 11 engineering fields, many in the top 10 nationally. In 2008 the School of Engineering ranked 9th nationally according to a U.S News and World Report survey.
Purdue leads the nation as the university that has granted the most engineering degrees to women.
The Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education ranked Purdue's hospitality and tourism management undergraduate program 1st nationally in 2003.
The Annals of Pharmacotherapy ranked Purdue's School of Pharmacy 2nd in the nation among schools with a research emphasis in 2002.
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences and the School of Nursing both recorded 100% placement of graduates.
In the 2002 - 2003 school year, Purdue expended more than $347.1 million in support research, using funds from the state and federal government, foundations, and individual donors. There are more than 40 research laboratories on the West Lafayette campus.
Purdue University boasts 22 graduates who have been selected to participate in the NASA space program, including Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), Gus Grissom, and Gene Cernan (last man on the moon).
A survey of engineering technology programs conducted by the American Society for Engineering Education showed that Purdue awarded more bachelor's degrees in engineering technology to women during the 2002-03 school year (60) than any other in the nation. Purdue's College of Technology also tied for first in the total number of degrees in awarded with