Mortar Board Cover Contest

Purdue students have the opportunity to submit a cover design for the 2015-2016 Mortar Board Calendar–a calendar purchased by over 14,000 students, parents, alumni, and members of the community each year. This contest is a unique opportunity for students to have their design printed for the entire Purdue community to appreciate!

The winning design will be featured on the 2015-2016 calendar, a short bio of the artist will be featured in the calendar, and there is a $250 prize!

Design entries are due by April 7, 2015. See flyer below for more information.

calendar cover 2015 contest flyer

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Bry!

Each month, we’ll take a look at some students who started their journey in Exploratory Studies. All of these students have found their perfect major at Purdue. Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Bry.

Bry Howard

Name: Bry Howard

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Accounting

How long were you in EXPL?

Three Semesters

Why did you start in EXPL?

I was unsure about what major I should enter college, so I choose Exploratory Studies as the best option.

Why did you choose your current major?

 I choose accounting because there is broad need for accountants and I really wanted a career out of college, and I really liked learning about the profitability of corporations.

What kind of person would be good for this major?

People in this major have to be well organized and comfortable giving presentations and meticulous when it comes to detail.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

All of the inventories we took in EDPS. They taught me a lot about myself helped be choose my path at Purdue.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

The people I met through day to day life here are by far my favorite part about Purdue.

Fun Fact?

I love playing intermural sports like flag football, basketball, and dodgeball.”

Interview conducted and written by Jacob B., sophomore.

Regional Campus visits to Register WL Students for Summer Courses

A Reminder from the Office of the Registrar:

Calumet, IUPUI, and North Central will be sending representatives to the West Lafayette campus the week of March 23 – 27 to register WL students for summer classes at their respective campuses.  Students wanting to attend IPFW will need to contact the IPFW admissions department directly.

The location for this year’s visits has been changed to the East Foyer of Stewart Center.


  • March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • March 24, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • March 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

North Central:

  • March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  • March 26, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • March 27, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Taking Summer Courses outside of Purdue-West Lafayette

  • Courses taken at a Purdue Regional Campus (IPFW, IUPUI, PU-Calumet, PU-North Central) transfer back both grades and credits.  Courses taken from any other university or college, either in the U.S. or international, transfer back as credit only (if at least a C- is earned).
  • Check the transferability of a summer course before you sign up at the Purdue Transfer Credit Database.  If your desired summer course is not listed on the database, please have the course evaluated BEFORE you take it.  Instructions and e-mail address are located on the top half of the credit database page.
  • Replacing Purdue West-Lafayette grades with summer course grades:
    • Purdue Regional Campus courses will usually replace Purdue West-Lafayette grades IF the course abbreviation, number, and credit hours are the same as the course as you want to replace.
    • Courses taken at any other university or college will not replace Purdue West-Lafayette grades.
  • Don’t take online laboratory courses without consulting your advisor first! Other courses taken online are probably fine.
  • Taking courses at international universities and colleges:
    • College of Science will not accept courses from non-degree-granting schools who use reputable universities as a location to teach their courses.  This is probably true across most of Purdue’s colleges and schools.
    • College of Management will only accept transfer courses from AACSB-accredited universities.
  • Always check your plan of study and with your advisor before taking summer courses.

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Jesse!

Each week, we’ll take a look at a student who started their journey in Exploratory Studies. All of these students have found their perfect major at Purdue. Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Jesse.

Jesse Palma

Name: Jesse Palma

Current year: Freshman

Major(s): Industrial Design

“Jesse had a lot of ideas as to what he wanted to do. It was safe to say he was all over the place! He was stuck between engineering, pharmacy, medicine, and building/construction management. He said his reason for choosing EXPL was he did not waste his time in a major he may not even like.

After only one semester in EXPL, Jesse decided to CODO to Industrial Design. Jesse is really passionate about designing and that is why he wanted to do engineering in the first place. He admires the design of everything and he wanted to “be a part of the beauty of the world.” He said Industrial Design is “everything he wanted to do.” He also stated that he wouldn’t have found the major if Tiffany (his advisor) hadn’t helped guide him along the way. Jesse did not even know this major had existed until his advisor, Tiffany, emailed him with a list of majors she thought would interest him and when he saw the word “design” he was intrigued. After some research, he knew that Industrial Design was exactly what he wanted to do.

So what does it take to be an Industrial Design major? Jesse says creativity is a huge component in this major. You also have to be able to think critically, but also be open-minded. Jesse mentioned that although something his designs may look pretty it has to be practical, so you have to be able to accept that your work may have to be modified. Jesse also mentioned he works with computers frequently so it is a good idea to be comfortable using one.

Although his time in EXPL was short, his favorite thing about EXPL was his advisor. He loved the fact that Tiffany got to know him personally and was able to really work with him on finding a major.  Jesse loved that Tiffany made it seem like it was her personal goal to help him find a major. He is so thankful that she worked so closely with him.

Hands down Jesse’s favorite thing about Purdue is the opportunities Purdue has to offer- whether it be academically or socially. He said, “It really makes the college experience worthwhile.” Jesse has joined numerous clubs and is in a fraternity. He loves that there are always cool people to meet and that there are so many things to do!”

Interview conducted and written by Emily S., freshman.

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Avery!

Each week, we’ll take a look at a student who started their journey in Exploratory Studies. All of these students have found their perfect major at Purdue. Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Avery.


Name: Avery Sameshima

Current year: Sophomore

Major(s): Hospitality & Tourism Management

When did you start in Exploratory Studies?

I started my college career in Exploratory Studies.

How long were you in Exploratory Studies?

I was in Exploratory Studies for 3 semesters, but knew what major I would choose by the end of my second.

Why did you start in Exploratory Studies?

Exploratory Studies seemed like the best idea for me since I’d had no idea what major or career I’d wanted. When I first arrived at Purdue, I was considering majoring in political science, or theatre, or nursing. It’s a varied selection, I know. However, as I went to meetings and call-outs for these majors as a requirement for my Exploratory Studies class, I discovered none of them were right for me. This is exactly what I joined Exploratory Studies for: to find out what I did not want to do.

Why did you choose your current major?

I chose Hospitality & Tourism Management because I love working with people and making them feel comfortable and happy. Customer Service is something I value quite a lot, and with the recent jobs I’ve had in food service, I’ve really been able to see a lot of what a career in HTM requires.

What kind of personalities would be good for this major? What are some of the skills or abilities people should be aware of in order to enjoy this major?

All kinds of people can major in HTM. However, it does require a strong trait of sociability and compassion. The jobs require so much interaction amongst coworkers and customers that someone who cannot function well in a social setting would probably not benefit the job. Most of the people I’ve met in this major are very social, kind, hard-working, and constant learners. The job requires research for everything, whether it be preparation for an interview or even just having a guest speaker. Research must be done to show that we care and to make our own impressions.

 What was your favorite thing about Exploratory Studies?

My absolute favorite thing about Exploratory Studies was my teacher and advisor, Mary Beth Lencke. If I were asked who my favorite and best teacher here was, I would give them her name. Not only was she extremely kind and helpful, but she always listened to what I wanted to do and talked me through the pros and cons. She’s a great advisor and an even better person.

Do you feel Exploratory Studies was helpful to you during your first semester(s) at Purdue?

Exploratory Studies was extremely helpful, though I might not have realized it. Going to all the meetings and call-outs and researching the majors that I showed interest in really helped me pick and choose. It all gave me an overall sense of whether or not I felt like I belonged in the major, would succeed in the major, and would enjoy a career in it for the rest of my life.

 Are you surprised at where you have ended up in your studies?

I’m not surprised at where I am, I just hadn’t expected to have taken so many turns. I first started off at Purdue in some pretty high level math and science classes. Then, I went on to doing maths and management courses. Now that I’m in a majority of HTM courses, I can see that I really had to fight through the other courses because I’d not been passionate for them or felt they were beneficial. I think that having gone through that has prepared me for my HTM courses and the amount of effort I will need to put in.

 What’s your favorite thing about Purdue?

My favorite thing about Purdue would definitely be Harrison Grille! It’s my favorite place to work and the food is delicious. You should definitely come by some time and grab a bite to eat. We close at 1 am every night!

…or morning.

Fun Fact?

I joined a hip hop dance crew on campus called Dance 2XS. We are not competitive, but we do have two trips that are out of state in which we showcase what we’ve learned and developed. It is one of my favorite things to do here at Purdue, and I will definitely be re-joining after this semester.

Interview conducted my Emily R., junior