Welcome to Cooperative Housing
Cooperative houses have been a part of the Purdue University community for over 75 years. In a cooperative house, students live and work together to develop personal, professional, and leadership skills and friendships. Currently, Purdue is home to 12 cooperative houses: 5 men's houses and 7 women's houses. Students interested in joining a cooperative house can participate in cooperative recruitment in the beginning of the spring semester. Registration for cooperative recruitment will open at the end of the fall semester and is open to both incoming and current Purdue students.
Cooperative members are eligible for more than $15,000 in scholarships each year and have the ability to apply for funding for leadership programs as well. Cooperative living goes beyond just a cheap place to live. Members serve in the local community through community agencies and globally in international service projects. With GPAs consistently above the campus average and amazing graduation rates cooperatives have a track record of being a very positive living and learning environment. Membership in cooperative houses also allows students to begin building connections on campus early on. From the mentor programs offered by houses to intramural sports and social events, there is always something going on around the cooperative housing community.
Formal and informal recruitment rounds take place in the beginning of the Spring semester. This process is open to both incoming and current Purdue students. For more information throughout the academic year come to any of the call-out meetings hosted by the Purdue Cooperative Council where you will be able to learn more about the individual houses and how the recruitment process works. If you have questions about women's houses contact the Vice President of Women's Recruitment here. If you have questions about men's houses contact the Vice President of Men's Recruitment here.
Cooperative housing recruitment will take place early in the spring semester. Students (current Purdue students or incoming freshmen) will be able to choose between two weekends for their formal recruitment date. Formal recruitment will take place January 21st and 28th, 2017. During formal recruitment, students will have the opportunity to meet all of the houses and get to know some of the members. Women will participate in interviews while they visit each of the seven houses. Men will visit all five men's houses and then select which houses they would like to interview with after the tours.
Informal recruitment takes place following formal recruitment. Informal recruitment will take place Feburary 4th and 5th, 2017. Potential members will be invited back to meet members in a more casual setting. This is a time to ask any questions that you may still have, and it is also a great time to learn more the culture of the houses and assess which ones would be a good fit for you. After you have visited all of the houses you chose to visit during informal recruitment, you will rank those houses based on your preference.