Hilltop Apartments History

The apartment buildings now known as Hilltop Apartments were first constructed in the 1940s. The area known as Ross Ade I (buildings 1-22) was built in 1948, Ross Ade II (buildings 23-27) was built in 1958, and Ross Ade III (the high rise apartments, (buildings 28-32) was built in 1969.

Prior to 1976, all 32 buildings were used as married student housing. In 1976, buildings 11, 21, and 22 housed a total of 99 male, undergraduate students and three RAs, three students per apartment and one resident assistant per building. Students had the option of signing up for board contracts at Owen Hall, which served as the "administrative headquarters" for what was called Residence Halls Apartments - North.

The following year there were 10 buildings that housed single, male undergraduates. There were eight RAs and two staff residents in the buildings—some of which were married. The following year there were 15 buildings with 12 RAs and three Staff residents. To provide additional support to staff and students, an assistant manager position was added at Owen Hall.

The following year, the entire Ross Ade I area was converted to single undergraduate housing. All 22 buildings housed single undergraduate men and were staffed by five staff residents and 17 RAs. Once the apartments became the Hilltop Apartments in the early 1990’s, the facility became coeducational and students could have board contracts at Cary, Owen, and Tarkington Halls.

Now Hilltop residents (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) live in 31 buildings (some of which include air conditioning) and have the option of eating meals in all Purdue Dining & Culinary dining facilities.