Increase in use, decrease in cost at Purdue residences examined in latest OIRAE briefing

Purdue’s room and board rates dropped from second highest in the Big Ten in 2013-14 to third lowest in 2016-17. At the same time, contract renewals and occupancy have both increased for university residences.

The latest briefing from the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness (OIRAE) explores those trends and details of the 17 residential facilities and 13,000 plus undergraduates, single graduate students and families that live in them.

A public forum on the report will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, April 14, in the Purdue Graduate Student Center, Room 105 A/B.

Contract growth at Purdue residences increased from 39 percent in 2007 to almost 50 percent in 2017. The University has made an effort to “academicize” the residential facilities rather than “amenetize” them, which cuts down on cost and focuses the purpose of the facilities on what the students really want, according to the briefing.

University residences is also closing in on a goal of a 50 percent occupancy rate of total undergraduate students, set by the Purdue Moves initiative. Right now, 40.6 percent of undergraduates are housed by university residences. First-time full-time students have accounted for the largest increase in sheer volume of student residents.

However, students across all classifications have increased their rate of choosing on-campus housing. For freshmen, it went from 85 percent in the fall of 2013 to 86.9 percent in fall 2016; sophomores, 39.1 to 53.5 percent; juniors, 18.6 to 29.4 percent; seniors, 10.9 to 13.5 percent.

This increase in university residences occupancy is also a good sign for student success. Students who live in a resident facility are more likely to be retained at the University – 91.9 percent retention for on-campus housing versus 87.2 percent for off-campus housing.

Finally, the briefing notes a possible academic benefit to roommates taking some of the same courses, which could result in higher grades.

To read March’s briefing visit:

Writer: Kirsten Gibson, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-494-8190,

Last Updated: April 11, 2016

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