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Honors Houses

The Purdue Honors College is organized by a “House” structure.

Honors Houses are intellectual and social communities that enable our students and faculty to forge stronger connections with each other. The houses offer events, activities and camaraderie. In a nod to the Honors College icons of the forge and the torch, the houses are named after forgeable metals.

Throughout human history, the forge has been a site of skill, artistry and creativity, where metals are made into innovations. Worked and shaped by the hands of the artisan, metal is crafted into objects of use and beauty. Strong yet malleable, metal is conductive, durable and lustrous. Your mind is your material. You are the artisan. Become whatever you can imagine.

Ignite your imagination. Forge your future.


Titanium has the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metal.

This silver-white, noble metal is named for the asteroid Pallas, which was itself named after the mythological giant slain by Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

Silver has the highest conductivity of electricity of any element. It's also the best reflector of visible light, making it among the brightest of metals.

Copper was the first metal used by human. It has a unique reddish color and a high melting point (more than 1,900 degrees F).

A rare metal, platinum is highly malleable and ductile. Its extraordinary resistance to corrosion makes it one of the noble metals.