When the United States entered the Second World War on December 8, 1941, Purdue University – a land grant university – adapted to serve a nation in need of manpower and resources. All throughout campus, Purdue trained men and women for the war effort, ranging from pilots to firemen, and from officer cadets to future engineers. The curriculum at the school were also revised to better suit a nation at war, with specialized accelerated courses and programs providing the much-needed training for the home front. Programs such as the Curtiss-Wright Cadettes and Civilian Pilot Training Program broke down traditional social barriers and prepares Purdue for an ever-changing world of post-war America and its legacy stands until today.
Lee, Seanan. "Boilermakers at War: The Involvement of Purdue University with the Second World War." The Purdue Historian 9, 1 (2021). https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/puhistorian/vol9/iss1/2