This is our Story
Mastodons Make History
Purdue University Fort Wayne is located in Indiana’s second-largest city and offers a traditional campus experience within a thriving metropolitan setting. As part of the venerable Purdue University system, students earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from one of the most trusted and prestigious brands in higher education.
With more than 8,000 students and over 300 full-time faculty members, Purdue Fort Wayne is perfectly sized to offer small classes and individualized attention, yet large enough to have all the attributes of a major research university. Students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty to tackle
real-world challenges through groundbreaking research, to create exciting new scholarship, and to explore new facets of creative expression.
These are the moments that made us who we are.
Indiana University and Purdue University opens the combined campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne
Student body adopts the mastodon as a mascot
Campus administration formally merges
University creates academic structure to emphasize relationships among departments
Major facilities open, including the Visual Arts Building, Williams Theatre, and the Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building
University completes a new campus facilities master plan and the first strategic plan
Science Building opens
University dedicates the new Crescent Avenue Bridge, which connects the main campus to the Waterfield Campus
Student Housing on the Waterfield Campus opens
Student housing expands with two more buildings, and the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center opens
Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum (later renamed Purdue Fort Wayne Holiday Inn) joins the campus family
Ron Venderly Family Bridge and the Medical Education Building open
Student housing adds four more buildings with new floor plans, as well as a new clubhouse building
Keith Busse Steel Dynamics Alumni Center (later renamed the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse Mastodon Alumni Center) opens
Indiana Commission for Higher Education grants the university the status as northeast Indiana’s Metropolitan University
University officially splits into two campuses, Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana University Fort Wayne; IU Fort Wayne takes charge of the health sciences, while other areas become a part of Purdue University Fort Wayne
Purdue University Sweetwater Music Center opens