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ner as the legislatures of the states may respectively prescribe, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.”

The Act approved 1887 appropriates $15,000 annually for the Experiment Station, and states

“That in order to aid in acquiring and diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects connected with agriculture, and to promote scientific investigation and experiment respecting the principles and applications of agricultural science, there shall be established, etc.”

The Act of 1890 appropriates $25,000 annually for mainte nance with the provision that it

“Be applied only to instruction in agriculture, the mechanic arts, the English language, and the various branches of mathematical, physical, natural and economic science, with special reference to their application in the industries of life and to the facilities for such instruction."

In accordance with this law the University offers the following courses of instruction:


(a) Science and Practice of Agriculture.
(b) Horticulture.
(C) Entomology.
(d) Agricultural Chemistry,
(e) Veterinary Science.
(f) Dairying.
(g) Animal Husbandry.

2. Applied Science.

(a) Biology.
(b) Chemistry.
(c) Physics.
(d) Industrial Art.
(e) Sanitary Science.

3. Mechanical Engineering.

(a) Shop Practice.
(b) Machine Design.
(c) Transmission of Power.
(d) Hydraulic Engineering.
(e) Steam Engineering.

4. Civil Engineering.

(a) Shop Practice.
(b) Railway Engineering.
(C) Bridge Engineering.
(d) Hydraulic Engineering.
(e) Sanitary Engineering.

5. Electrical Engineering.

(a) Shop Practice.
(b) Machine Design.
(C) Electrical Engineering.
(d) Dynamo Construction.
(e) Installation and Management of Electric Railway and Lighting

(f) Telephonic Engineering.

6. Pharmacy.

(a) Pharmacy.
(b) Chemistry.
(c) Materia Medica.
(d) Prescription Practice.
(e) Botany.

In addition the Agricultural Experiment Station is occupied solely with investigations pertaining to agricultural problems.

Instruction was begun at Purdue in 1874. The first class graduated in 1875, since which time the instructional work of the institution has been continuous.

One thousand six hundred and fifty-nine students have been graduated from the institution and over 5,700 have received instruction for a longer or shorter period. The records of its graduates indicate that to an unusual degree they have taken a prominent part in the active industries of life, and are practically contributing to the development and progress of every form of industry.

Tuition is free to residents of Indiana. Non-residents pay an annual tuition fee of $25. All students pay certain fixed fees to cover the actual cost of materials and privileges furnished.

The instructors number eighty-four, and other employes of all kinds thirty-four.

In the thirty-seven years since the establishment of the University it has received the following sums of money:

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Endowment and maintenance, appropriations of the United
States, private donations, etc.....


Purdue University has property to the value of $737,682, as follows:

Grounds ...

.$100,000 451,300 18,000 13,510 150,212


Total .


The regular annual income of the University which is available for the maintenance and operation of the courses of instruction is derived as follows, the amounts being for the last fiscal year: Interest on land grant from United States..

.$17,000 00 Appropriations by acts of Congress of 1890..

25,000 00 Miscellaneous receipts, chiefly students' fees, etc....

38,796 SO Proceeds from 1-20 mill tax levied by Indiana Legislature..... 66,900 00

Of these four items it will be noted that only the fourth and last is derived from the State of Indiana, and that it is less than half of the income of the University.

In addition to the above the University acts as trustee of the Farmers’ Institute fund appropriated by the State, amounting to $10,000 annually, but no part of this is available in any way for the expenses of the University.

Also the United States Experiment Station, which is an organic part of the University, receives from the United States in accordance with the Act of Congress of 1887, $15,000 annually, which, under the law, is used for conducting experiments in agriculture and can in no possible way be applied to the maintenance or instructional work of the University.

In the use of these two funds for the benefit of the agriculture of Indiana, viz., for the Farmers’ Institutes and the Experiment Station, for which the University acts as administrator, it will also be noted that less than one-half of the total amount expended is provided by the State.

Purdue University has come to be ranked with the best schools of technology, in evidence of which its rapid growth in attendance of students from all parts of the country, and the remarkable interest shown in its work by practical business men, are the most conclusive proofs.

Its graduates are sought for in every department of industrial activity and maintain themselves with credit. It is not too much to say that thousands of young men have found at Purdue University the opportunity for training which has opened up careers of profit to themselves and the highest kind of usefulness to the community.

It is the policy of the University (1) to foster close relations with the commercial world, to the end that our instructors may be in touch with the latest progress in the industries in order to make their technical instruction of greater value; (2) to keep the opportunities of the University within reach of the great class of young men and women of limited means to whom such training is of the greatest value. Both faculty and officers are thus earnestly striving to maintain the institution in conformity to the high and useful purpose of its founders.

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The whole number of students in attendance during the year ending June 30, 1902, was 1,189, classified as follows:

Post Graduates...
Seniors ....
Sophomores ..
School of Pharmacy
Special Class in Agriculture.
Special ....

51 115 182 304 343 92 85 13



The following table will show the growth of the institution in respect to attendance since its organization, the respective figures being for the year ending June 30, of the years named:

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