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Learning Communities

Learning Communities are for first-year students at Purdue. Some Learning Communities are for students admitted to specific colleges (like Exploratory Studies), while others are based on a theme and are open to everyone. You may take 2 to 3 classes with the students in your Learning Community during your first semester. In addition, some Learning Communities have a Residential (“Living”) component where all members live in the same residence hall.  Learning Communities are a wonderful way to meet new people and make a large university feel smaller!

Exploratory Studies-specific Learning Communities

Exploratory Studies Learning Communities combine activities within our Academic and Career Planning course, EDPS 10500, with extracurricular activities to explore majors and careers.  We offer five Learning Communities: Explorers, Exploratory Studies Honors, Explorers – Purdue Promise, Exploratory Studies Scholars, and Exploring Service.

All of the Exploratory Studies Learning Communities students are required to live in Owen Hall, with the exception of the Exploratory Studies Honors students, who are required to live in the Honors College and Residences. 

Learning Communities extracurricular activities could include, but are not limited to: Boiler Challenge Ropes Course, visits to local sites of interest (corn mazes, museums, etc.), volunteering in the community, attending Purdue sporting and musical events, meeting for lunch or dinner, study breaks with pizza, and bowling.

Other Learning Communities open to Exploratory Studies Students

There are many other Learning Communities that are open to Exploratory Studies students. These include Learning Communities in Women in Agriculture, Animal Science, Healthcare, Construction Management, Data Science, Teaching, Technology Leadership, Liberal Arts, Environmental Science, and Nutrition.

How to Apply and Sign up for Housing

Learning Communities fill up quickly, so apply soon!   Application deadline for priority placement is May 5th and you’ll be notified via your Purdue e-mail around June 1st.  Also, even though the Residential (“Living”) component is required to participate in the Exploratory Studies Learning Communities, you must still complete a separate housing contract by May 5th. For more answers to questions about Learning Communities, consult the Learning Community FAQ page


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