The Bands and Orchestras Learning Community is open to all first-year band and orchestra students who are also enrolled in the College of Engineering. The ENGR 103 course is taught by faculty & staff from Purdue Bands & Orchestras. Throughout the semester, students will gain knowledge about opportunities, career preparation, and personal development requirements that are needed to succeed in a career with Engineering. This course is also designed to inform students about the resources around Purdue University to help with personal development. Students will gain knowledge in resume preparation, interviewing and other interpersonal skill techniques, and begin to plan for work or co-op experiences by hearing from current band/orchestra engineering students. Each class highlights a guest speaker who will engage you on how to become successful students which will ultimately lead to a successful career in Engineering. A class field trip to Fox Products is the culmination of the semester, which allows students to see both their passions in action, music & engineering. The class offers academic credit and meets one day per week for the fall semester only. College of Engineering students are encouraged to apply for combining participation in this Learning Community with the Women in Engineering Learning Community housed in Earhart or Harrison Halls.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the First-Year Engineering Program or to Pre-ABE in the College of Agriculture
  • Students have to audition & enroll in a band or orchestra ensemble. Eligible ensembles include: “All-American” Marching Band, jazz bands, concert bands, orchestras, Golduster Dance Team, twirlers, and Golden Silks Color Guard.  Please visit the Purdue Bands & Orchestras website to find out how to audition: For further information please contact the band & orchestra office at 765-496-3288
  • This LC is not available to Honors College participants

Residential Component

  • OPTIONAL in Harrison Hall
  • If you choose this option, your roommate in most cases will be a member of the LC
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for the LC



Fall 2016 Semester

Associated Classes

ENGR 13100, ENGR 103, appropriate ensemble course


Events and Activities Included:

  • Attend concerts for an ensemble in which you do not perform in at Purdue
  • Periodic meals with faculty
  • Auditory safety
  • Fox Products field trip
  • End of semester dinner
  • Team building courses


Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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