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The Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation (City Bus) operates eight campus loop bus routes on which students, faculty, and staff can ride free of charge with Purdue Identification.The Purdue Mall is the central quad of Purdue University.Also known as the Purdue Spine, due to its proximity to several important academic buildings, it was created to connect the academic campus with Ross-Ade Stadium.It is known as the Engineering Mall, due to its proximity to several engineering buildings.
In 1865, the Indiana General Assembly voted to take advantage of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862, and began plans to establish an institution with a focus on agriculture and engineering.He intended not only to prepare students for industrial work, but also to prepare them to be good citizens and family members.Part of White's plan to distinguish Purdue from classical universities included a controversial attempt to ban fraternities.Programs in education and home economics were soon established, as well as a short-lived school of medicine.By 1925 Purdue had the largest undergraduate engineering enrollment in the country, a status it would keep for half a century. Elliott oversaw a campus building program between the world wars. Ross coordinated several fundraisers, donated lands to the university, and was instrumental in establishing the Purdue Research Foundation.
Ross's gifts and fundraisers supported such projects as Ross–Ade Stadium, the Memorial Union, a civil engineering surveying camp, and Purdue University Airport.