Transforming technology: Creating the Purdue Polytechnic Institute

As pioneers of learn-by-doing and use-inspired research, Purdue is forging a new path for technology education through the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Using innovative learning methods, hands-on experiences, and industry partnerships, the University is preparing students with the skills, knowledge and training required by business and industry today and in the decades to come.


  • Make the Purdue Polytechnic Institute the University's hub for consumer-oriented technology research.
  • Transform the curriculum to teach the science of demand-driven innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • All Purdue Polytechnic students will engage in transformational experiences that include:
    • Year-long, team-based senior design projects sponsored by industry and supervised by professors and industry representatives.
    • “Study-away” experience — opportunities for meaningful study overseas or in high-impact programs in the United States.
    • Semester/summer internships.
    • Design-lab courses every semester, starting in freshman year.
  • All Polytechnic students will be guaranteed a chance to earn:
    • An innovation certification through the development of a market-ready product or technology, or
    • An entrepreneurship certificate through the development of a business plan.


  • The College of Technology was officially renamed the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in May 2015.
  • The Purdue Polytechnic Institute delivered its first transformed first-year experience to more than 600 students in fall 2015.
  • New beginner enrollment in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute has grown each of the past two years, including enrollment of a record number of women and underrepresented minority students.
  • The Purdue Bound program, formerly called Science Bound, moved from the Office of the Provost to become part of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in alignment with the missions of both areas.
  • Six new majors were created in three of Purdue Polytechnic's academic areas for the fall 2015 semester, and more than 20 former areas of concentration have been changed to full majors.
  • The Purdue Polytechnic Instutute received final approval from the Higher Learning Commission for the nation's first-ever competency-based degree program in Transdisciplinary Studies in spring 2016. This program combines individualized plans of study, close faculty mentoring and a competency-based approach to learning at a public research university. 
  • Close to 100 percent of undergraduate courses in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute involve significant learn-by-doing lab or lab-like activities, including team project-based learning to prepare students for work in organizations that rely on effective teamwork for success. 
  • Five of the six schools/departments in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute now require a two-semester senior capstone course or project that is sponsored or recommended by industry or community partners, and three of the six now require an internship or other workforce-like activity in their plans of study, helping students be even more career-ready come graduation. 
  • In Fall 2016, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute is piloting a faculty mentor program for second-year students to provide career guidance and academic support, with plans to expand the program to all Polytechnic students in the 2017-18 academic year. 
  • The School of Aviation and Transport Technology optimized the use of its training aircraft fleet, reducing semester fees for professional flight students by $795 and increasing program capacity by 16 students. Over the next two academic years, this optimization is expected to save students $250,000.
  • The Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, announced in June 2015 and set to open in fall 2017, will bring STEM education to inner-city students and offer opportunities for direct-path admission to Purdue’s undergraduate programs.

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