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Special Programs

Clarence E. Dammon Dean's Scholars Program

This program offers a select group of first-year students the opportunity to live in a learning community with other high achievers, to meet faculty and administrators at special events, to take a one-credit seminar on undergraduate research and success with the director of honors, and to pursue research with a member of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) faculty. All incoming students who are awarded either a Trustees Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship or who qualify for the CLA Honors Program are invited to apply. To qualify for the honors program, first-year students need to have a combined SAT score of 1800 or higher, an ACT score of 26 or higher or be in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class. For more about this program, please see the CLA Honors Program website,www.cla.purdue.edu/academics/honors.

Honors Program

The College of Liberal Arts Honors Program is designed to provide excellent students with enriched, individualized, unusual educational opportunities. Students who qualify for the program have the opportunity to engage in advanced work with individual professors and to take special courses with limited enrollments available only to honors students. They also are permitted to make special arrangements in conjunction with regularly offered courses that will enhance the particular educational experience. The college works with honors students to discover the most imaginative, exciting and intellectually challenging education available for them within the liberal arts at Purdue.

Students must have a GPA of 3.3 or better to apply to the Honors Program; however, beginning students may still take honors courses. To register for honors courses, entering students need to have an SAT score of 1800 (combined) or higher, an ACT score of 26 or higher, or be in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class. To graduate with college honors in Liberal Arts, a member of the program must complete at least 24 honors credits during the undergraduate career.

The honors experience at Purdue involves numerous activities beyond the classroom. Honors students are given the opportunity to meet lleading professors at special events, to talk with visiting speakers and artists and to participate in the annual Honors Colloquium. The College of Liberal Arts wants honors students to develop strong, confident, inquiring minds. To do that, the program transcends the classroom. By introducing students to men and women shaping the future and aware of the limitations of current knowledge, the college helps students to move past the ordinary constraints of learning and gain a vision of that future.

For additional information:

Director, College of Liberal Arts Honors Program
Beering Hall, 100 N. University St. 
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Phone: 765-496-3235


The College of Liberal Arts prelaw program allows the student to explore in-depth a major subject of his or her choice. Guidance is available for students in choosing courses that will provide the intellectual background and improve the academic skills that legal educators agree are necessary for successful legal training.

Purdue's prelaw advisors keep abreast of changes in the profession, the entrance requirements of law schools and the availability of scholarship and loan funds. The advisors assist students in choosing relevant majors, electives and activities that will be of value. They are prepared to answer questions regarding the law school application process, choice of schools, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), letters of support, personal statements and financial aid.

For additional information;

Advisor for Prelaw Students
College of Liberal Arts Academic Advising Offce
Beering Hall, Room 1114
100 N. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1350
Phone: 765-494-3670