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Commuter campus? Purdue Fort Wayne leader says that image is outdated

Purdue University Fort Wayne deserves to shed its image as a commuter campus – at least that’s what the numbers tell Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer.

“I don’t think you can call us that now,” he said last week as the university prepared for 1,599 students to move in over two days.

About 22% of Purdue Fort Wayne students live in university-provided housing – both on campus and at nearby apartment complexes – but Elsenbaumer said the residency rate is higher when students who independently lease units at those neighboring facilities are considered.

“It’s probably closer to 25%, which now starts to make the campus look an awful lot and feel an awful lot like a residential student campus,” Elsenbaumer said.

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