Welcome to Tarkington Hall, a building of all men that boasts one of the strongest communities on campus! Originally built in 1958 under the original title of H-2, the hall was later named after Newton Booth Tarkington, a Purdue student of two years who as an alumnus, made multiple generous donations to Purdue.

We're High Achievers Destined for Success

The men of Tarkington continue Newton Booth Tarkington’s legacy of strong community with alumni groups coming back annually to visit the hall. Students of all years return to Tarkington Hall for the connections they’ve built. Tarkington alumni go on to be high achieving, innovative leaders in the world. 

A/C Alternative

While no air conditioning may be a deal-breaker for some, there is a great alternative our students utilize to not only cool off their space but also, to meet their neighbors! With two box fans in the windows, one facing in and one facing out, and having the door open across the hall, students can create a breezy, cool space while meeting new friends in the process! Although the student rooms are not air conditioned, remember all common areas have central A/C so there is always a place to cool off if you need to.

"Cherish all your happy moments. They make a fine cushion for old age."

Newton Booth Tarkington

Room Types

Tarkington Standard Layout Floor Plan illustration


  • Width: 11'7"
  • Length: 16'2"
  • Closet A
    • Width: 4'
    • Depth: 2'
  • Closet B
    • Width: 4'
    • Depth: 2'

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


  • 2 Desks with Desktop Organizers and chairs
  • 2 Beds or 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)
  • Dressers
  • 1 Desk light for each desk
  • 2 Towel bars
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV connection
  • Network connection
  • Curtains
  • Waste basket
  • Mop sink room (one per floor)

Tarkington Hall