Welcome to Purdue Early Start

Early Start allows students to get ahead in their coursework, get to know campus early, experience great weather, and participate in small classes.

What are the advantages of starting early?

  • Early Start offers online and on-campus options to fit your schedule.
  • 60% of Purdue students who graduate in four years or less complete at least one summer course.
  • Students net an average of $22,300 by utilizing summer to graduate one semester early and $52,094 when graduating in three years.
  • Add a second major or multiple minors without increasing time to graduation.
  • Lighten future semesters to focus on difficult courses.
  • Prepare for undergraduate research by completing an introduction to research course taught by the Honors College. 

At this point, Purdue plans to resume normal classroom operations by summer term. If we need to transition to distance learning due to the continuation of COVID-19, we will give as much advance notice as possible should such a decision need to be made. If we transition to distance learning, students will have the opportunity to participate or move back to the fall semester without penalty. 

Students who have accepted their offer of admission for Fall 2020 may request to switch to Early Start by submitting the 2020 Early Start form under the Reply Forms tab of their admissions application portal. When logging in, use the email address you provided on your admission application, not your @purdue.edu address. Early Start is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you do not see the form in your application portal and have questions about your eligibility, please email us at thinksummer@purdue.edu or call us at (765) 496-3780.

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