The Explorers Learning Community, created especially for first-year students in Exploratory Studies, offers courses and out-of-class activities that will help you in your quest to find the right major at Purdue!

The Academic and Career Planning course taught by Exploratory Studies academic advisors is designed to help you learn about yourself, majors, and careers. Along with the Academic and Career Planning course, you will have either ENGL 106 or COM 114 together. This allows you to develop deep academic and social networks in two classes with students who will eventually choose majors across campus.

Some of the activities you participate in may include the Boiler Challenge ropes course, volunteering in the community, attending a Purdue Women's Volleyball game, meeting for lunch or dinner, and enjoying study break pizza and bowling. Often assignments are coordinated in the two courses to provide further depth.

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"You should join the Explorers Learning Community because you get to meet people interested in all kinds of majors rather than something you are just interested in. You also take classes with these people so you get to know them on a personal level."

- Student in the Explorers LC

"It is a great way to make friends that you see on a routine basis, compared to walking around a 40,000 student campus."

-Student in the Explorers LC



  • First-time beginning students admitted to Exploratory Studies
  • This LC is available to Honors College participants; those students will live in Shreve Hall with the Honors College and participate in the course(s) and activities of the LC.

Residential Component

  • OPTIONAL in Owen 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 2014 Semester

Associated Classes

Fall – EDPS 10500, ENGL 10600 OR COM 11400


Events and Activities Included:

  • Boiler Challenge ropes course
  • Cultural center tours
  • Introduction to Purdue resources
  • Exploration Acres Corn Maze
  • Course collaboration among associated courses
  • Purdue Convocations Productions
  • Periodic meals with faculty members
  • Visit to Discovery Park
  • Purdue Memorial Union tree lighting
  • Guest speakers
  • Movie and bowling nights


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.