Hillenbrand Hall

Welcome to Hillenbrand Hall, which has been at the forefront of new and exciting University Residences programs for 25 years. Hillenbrand Hall's unique design blends the best features of contemporary and traditional features in order to provide a comfortable, quiet and relaxed atmosphere. At Hillenbrand, we strive to foster a vibrant and dynamic interactive community by encouraging a safe and supportive environment for academic success, personal growth, diversity awareness and accountability. 

Suite-Style Housing and a Dining Court Inside

Hillenbrand Hall features suite-style housing. Two suites share a bathroom between the rooms. Hillenbrand Dining Court is located on the ground floor, so you don't have to go outside to grab a tasty bite to eat! There are also numerous ways to get involved and develop your leadership skills. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) offices are located in the basement. That's also where you'll find additional study space, laundry facilities and some professional staff offices.

Home of The Data Mine

Hillenbrand Hall is home to The Data Mine, the first large-scale Living Learning Community for undergraduates of all majors. Members of The Data Mine will be part of a team, living, studying and ultimately, performing data-driven research together. The Data Mine is part of Purdue University’s Integrative Data Science Initiative, which is designed to train students across all majors with the data literacy needed to succeed in a data-driven world.

Hall History

Hillenbrand Hall opened in 1993 and was named for a father and son who each served as a member of the Board of Trustees. John Hillenbrand served on Purdue's Board of Trustees from 1913 to 1947. His 34 years of service as a trustee is the longest in University history. His son, William A. Hillenbrand was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1967. He served as a member until 1975. John and William Hillenbrand were both lifelong residents of Batesville, Indiana, where they ran a family business and participated in numerous community activities.

In 1974, William provided funds to create a biomedical engineering center at Purdue, though he insisted that his name not be revealed until his term as trustee was completed. In 1985, the center was named in his honor. Purdue's William A. Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center is now internationally recognized for its achievement in applying engineering expertise to improve the practice of medicine. Successful developments over the years include a new type of cardiac pacemaker, and a unique device to restart the heart, called the implantable defibrillator, as well as innovative approaches to cancer research.


Room Types

Hillenbrand Suite Style Floor Plan illustration


  • Width: 13'-6"
  • Length: 20'-2"
  • Closet
    • Width: 4'-6"
    • Depth: 3'

Please note: illustrations are approximate. Please contact the hall for details regarding your specific room.


  • Desk with chair per occupant.
  • Bed or lofted bed with standard mattress per occupant: 77 inches long x 36 inches wide x 7 inches tall (or long mattress: 89” x 36” x 7” - must be 6’4” or taller to request, filled on first come, first serve basis).
  • Dresser per occupant.
  • Desk light on desk.
  • Towel bars.
  • Bookshelves.
  • Network connection.
  • Curtains.
  • Waste basket.
  • Mop sink room and ironing room (plus floor lounge and kitchenette).

Hillenbrand Hall