Walking or riding tours of campus can be arranged in advance through the Purdue Visitor Information Center. Call them or visit the center’s website to schedule a tour. Purdue University was established in 1869 as Indiana’s land-grant institution. Classes began in 1874 with 39 students; enrollment today totals over 39,000 students. In addition to exponential growth in enrollment, the university has expanded in its campus amenities—art collections, campus buildings and grounds, musical programs and convocations to name a few.