Purdue scrambles to hire on more staff, housing and food services due to largest incoming class

Purdue University leaders will spend the summer hiring on more advisors, professors, food services and housing. It's all because the university, once again overachieved its enrollment expectations.

Posted: May 24, 2018 5:37 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University leaders will spend the summer hiring on more advisors, professors, food services and housing. It's all because the university, once again overachieved its enrollment expectations.

As News 18 previously reported, the campus will welcome 8,300 first-year students in the fall.

The class is largely fueled by out-of-state students and they're expected be the most academically prepared. The class is also expected to include the largest number of Indiana resident students in a decade.

Now, Purdue is scrambling to hire on a dozen new advisors and additional teaching assistants.

"We'll be ready," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. "Our folks have really moved quickly. We were already planning for our biggest class and then we had the happy surprise that even more students said yes to us. So, it's not as though we weren't already preparing.

Purdue is in the process of building two new residence halls that will add 1,100 beds. The university is also expanding the Wiley Dining Court and it's adding new retail food options.

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