At one time, higher education was driven by the agrarian calendar. Today, students need to move quickly, flexibly and affordably through their academic careers. Purdue is focused on year-round education, which provides students with greater flexibility to incorporate internships, study abroad and undergraduate research into their Purdue experience. By increasing summer enrollment, students can shorten their time to degree completion and increase graduation rates. In fact, more than half of Purdue graduates who finish in four years or less have taken summer courses. And not only will students benefit from focused and consistent learning — the campus and local economies will thrive with a year-round university.
- Through the Office of the Provost's Division of Summer Session, Purdue is accelerating its efforts to provide a year-round academic schedule by continuing to expand summer enrollment and course offerings.
- In particular, Purdue will implement programs to enhance student achievement, including those to help at-risk, first-year students, and to support high-achieving students seeking an honors degree. Example programs include:
- Summer enrollment has increased by 29 percent since 2012 among undergraduate, graduate and professional students combined. The number of credit hours taken during the summer session has increased by 38 percent since summer 2012.
- The 2016 summer session had the largest enrollment on record, with 14,316 students taking summer courses, an increase of about 10 percent over summer 2015. The number of credit hours taken during the summer 2016 summer session increased by 12 percent over summer 2015.
- Of the 14,000+ students on the West Lafayette campus during summer 2016, 66% were taking at least one in-person on-campus course.
- More than 260 incoming freshmen for fall 2016 started their Purdue studies early by taking some coursework during the summer 2016 session.
- According to the North American Association of Summer Sessions, Purdue had the largest year-over-year increase in summer growth from 2015 to 2016 among member universities.
- Through an innovative new summer bridge program, the Department of Computer Science has increased first-year retention rates by nearly 80 percent for students who participate in the bridge program compared to those who do not.