Hello Boilermakers! Welcome to McCutcheon Hall, which opened in 1963. The building is air conditioned and features primarily double occupancy rooms with a shared community bathroom. If you're looking for a place to study, meet up with friends or work on a group project, McCutcheon has you covered! There are several spaces for you to use within the hall.

What's Nearby?

McCutcheon Hall is located on the west side of campus, with short walking distance of two dining courts (Hillenbrand and Earhart), plus the Purdue West shopping center is right across McCutcheon Drive with several food options and Follett's Bookstore where you can buy great Boilermaker gear and school supplies! The hall has a bus stop right outside that will take you to the academic side of campus in minutes, as well as a parking garage adjacent to the hall. There are also bike racks and electric scooter rentals for alternative transportation methods.

Hall History

The hall is named for John Tinney McCutcheon, an editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. He was born in 1870 in Tippecanoe County, the home of Purdue University. His grandparents emigrated to the United States from Scotland, thus the hall club name of the "Royal Highlanders," after the Scottish clans, was adopted. 

While at Purdue, John T. McCutcheon became a founding member of the university's first fraternity, Sigma Chi. He was also a co-editor of Purdue's first yearbook, the Debris. According to Purdue Libraries, McCutcheon is often referred to as the Dean of American Cartoonists.

John T. McCutcheon graduated from Purdue in 1889. He worked at two Chicago newspapers, joining the Tribune in 1903. He retired from the Tribune in 1946. He was a world traveler and served as a war correspondent at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898, the Boer War in South Africa, and World War I. He received the Pulitzer Prize for cartoons in 1931. According to Purdue Libraries, McCutcheon is often referred to as the Dean of American Cartoonists. His wife donated some of his original drawings to Purdue. You can learn more about John T. McCutcheon via his autobiography, titled "Drawn from Memory."

"The political cartoon is a sort of pictorial breakfast food. It has the cardinal asset of making the beginning of the day sunnier."

John T. McCutcheon

Room Types

McCutcheon Two-Person Standard Floor Plan illustration


  • Width: 11'-6"
  • Length: 16'-2"
  • Closet
    • Width: 4'
    • Depth: 3'-9"'

Please note: Illustrations are approximate, please contact the hall for details regarding your specific room.


  • Desks with chairs
  • Beds and Lofted Beds with standard mattresses: 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. Usually limited to 15-20 per hall)
  • 2 Built-in dressers with mirrors
  • 1 Desk light for each desk
  • 2 Towel bars
  • 2 Cork bulletin boards
  • Cable TV connection
  • Network connection
  • Curtains
  • Waste basket
  • Mop sink room (one per floor)

McCutcheon Hall