In April 1995, the
Purdue University Senate approved a three-year pilot program
for beginning, exploratory, undecided freshmen students. This
pilot, called the Undergraduate Studies Program (USP), was
modeled after a program at The Pennsylvania State University.
In August 1996, 212 students started with USP. In February
1999, the Purdue University Senate approved USP as a permanent
program for entering freshmen students effective August 1999.
In June 2001, the
University Division of the Office of the Dean of Students
was merged with USP, adding reentry, readmit, and change of
degree objective continuing students to the population served