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Welcome to Owen Hall! Owen is home to over 700 students, and is conveniently located on the north side of campus. Nearby are varsity and recreational athletic facilities and the Slayter Center for the Performing Arts. The academic buildings are a short walk away to the East and South and Ford Dining Court is located next door.

Owen has an experienced staff that strives to create a secure environment where your educational goals can be met. I hope you find the information on these pages useful. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us directly.


Owen Residence Hall opened in 1957 and was named for Richard Owen, the first president of Purdue University. The youngest of eight children, Richard was born in 1810 in Scotland. He received his early education from a private tutor, then at Emmanuel Fellenburg at Hofwyl in Switzerland, before returning to Scotland to continue his education at Andersmun Institution of Glasgow.

Immigrating to America, he distinguished himself as a scholar and a soldier. He made significant contributions in the academic disciplines of geology, meteorology, and seismology. He served in the US Army in both the Mexican War and the Civil War. In 1864, he joined the faculty at Indiana University, where he and President Nutt comprised a committee to establish the Agricultural and Normal school in accordance with the Morrill Act of 1862. He developed extensive plans for such a school, which became the first concept for Purdue University. In August 1872 he was appointed the first president of Purdue University, serving until 1876.