Summer Start Courses

You will complete seven regular course credit hours during the five-week session, including:

  • 2 three-credit courses from the list below that are part of the University's core curriculum requirements.
  • 1 one-credit freshman seminar course (GS 12000: Summer Start Seminar) that is focused on getting to know the ins and outs of Purdue, time management and study habits.

What’s the schedule like? The 2 three-credit courses will each meet daily (Monday-Friday) for 90 minutes. The freshman seminar course will meet three times each week for an hour. With class and study time, you’ll be actively engaged on campus — and busy. Good practice for the fall semester!

The courses to choose from for your two, three-credit courses will include:

  • COM 11400 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication 
  • EDCI 28500 - Multiculturalism and Education (open to anybody but required for education-related majors)
  • ENGL 23800 - Introduction to Fiction 
  • ENGR 13100/19500 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation I & Engineering Seminar (First Year Engineering students only; Will have eight total credits instead of seven but cost doesn't change)
  • HIST 15200 - United States Since 1877 
  • POL 22300 - Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology
  • SOC 10000 - Introductory Sociology
  • TECH 12000 - Design Thinking in Technology (Polytechnic Institute students only; Must be paired with COM 11400 for all Polytechnic students unless exemption requested to

An email went out on May 10th from Ellie Casebeer ( asking for you to register for Summer Start courses. If you haven't seen that, please email Ellie.

You will be registering for your own Fall 2017 courses at the Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) program. Each Summer Start student is responsible for completing STAR on their own no later than Friday, July 7, 2017. STAR has open days after July 7, but Summer Start orientation will take place on July 8 and classes will start on July 10, so please be sure you have registered for and completed STAR by July 7.

If you are required to complete Summer Start as a condition of your admission then you will also be required to take GS 19700: PP First-Year Experience Course in the Fall 2017 term. This is a one credit course and, as long as you are taking more than eight credits in the fall, Purdue does not charge an increase in tuition for additional credits. The course will be taught by your summer Success Coach and allow you to maintain that relationship into the regular academic year. You will meet with your coach at the STAR one-day even mentioned earlier and we assure you this will be something you will value and not many Purdue students can say they have access to!

NOTE: Purdue's website for transferring previously earned credit is found here. When we contact you later in the spring regarding course preferences, there will be a section of that survey to let us know which courses you've already completed through the transferring process.

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