Summer Start Courses

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

  • Two 3-credit courses from the list below that are part of the University's core curriculum requirements.
  • One 1-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 two 3-credit courses will meet daily (Monday-Friday) for 90 minutes. The freshman seminar course will follow a hybrid format where students attend class with a Student Success Coach twice each week and implement strategies learned during class once per week. With class, extracurricular activities, 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, 3-credit courses include:

  • COM 11400 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication 
  • EDCI 28500 - Multiculturalism and Education (open to all students, but required for education-related majors)
  • EDPS 31500 - Collaborative Leadership: Listening (open to all students, but required for education-related majors)
  • ENGL 23800 - Introduction to Fiction 
  • 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 thinksummer@purdue.edu)

Summer Start students will also be required to complete GS 19700: PP First-Year Experience Course during the Fall 2018 term. This is a one-credit course and you will not be charged additional tuition, as long as you are taking 8 or more credit hours during the semester. The course will be taught by your summer Success Coach and allows you to maintain that relationship into the regular academic year. You will meet with your coach during STAR and we assure you this will be something you will value - not many Purdue students have access to this service. 

How do I register for courses?

You will be planning your Summer and Fall courses with the assistance of an academic advisor during Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR). Students will be required to attend STAR on Monday, June 11. An early STAR date will allow enough time to purchase textbooks and prepare for the summer module. An early STAR date also means you will get to register for classes before the rest of the incoming class. If you cannot make it on Monday, June 11, please email thinksummer@purdue.edu to request an exemption. 

NOTE: Below are important websites for determing what college credit you may have earned during high school.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses

Dual-credit or dual-enrollment during high school

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