Summer Course Tutorial III: Purdue Regional and other colleges

If you are interested in taking summer courses at a Purdue regional campus (IUPUI, Calumet, Purdue North Central, or IPFW), representatives from some of these campuses (not IPFW) will be visiting West Lafayette to help you register (we’ll post specific dates and time to the blog soon).  Regional campus courses transfer both grade and credit back to the West Lafayette campus.

You will need to apply for summer admission with these campuses before you can fully schedule for courses.  Here’s the transfer admission information for each campus: IUPUI, Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central, and IPFW.

If you want to take summer courses at another college or university outside of the Purdue system:

  • Realize that no grades will transfer, but you must earn a C- or better in the course in order for that course credit to transfer back to Purdue.  Transfer credit does NOT replace Purdue grades.
  • Check the Transfer Credit Database for your course’s Purdue equivalent:  X’s in place of course numbers in this database means that your college’s course has no Purdue equivalent (for example, “MA 1XXXX”).
  • Contact the college’s admission department.  Tell them that you are only taking courses during the summer.  Most colleges and schools have admission categories for “temporary,” “summer,” “transfer,” or “transient” students.  Enroll and register with them.
  • 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.

How do I transfer courses back to Purdue?

Ask the Registrar’s office at your summer college to send an official, final transcript to this address:

Purdue University
Credit Evaluation
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Or the transcript can be sent electronically from the Registrar’s office through a transcript service to   An official transcript is required from any college outside the West Lafayette campus, including Purdue’s regional campuses.

Summer Course Tutorial II: Purdue Online courses

Are there online courses during the summer?

Yes, tons.  An Advanced Search in MyPurdue > Registration Tab > Look Up Classes can quickly show you your options.  Select all of the Subjects by clicking the first, then hold the Shift key down and click the last option on the list.  Then select “Online” from the Instructional Method box.

  • “Online” means that the entire course is online and can be completed away from the Purdue West Lafayette campus*.
  • “Primarily Online” means that most of the course can be completed at a distance, but may have a small on-campus component to it.
  • “Hybrid” mean that the course is “flipped.”  The lecture is usually available online, but the bulk of the course is still held on-campus.

Purdue online courses versions cover the same material as the on-campus version and incur the same number of credits (and cost).  Like traditional on-campus courses they have a variety of duration, so make sure you pay attention to the starting and end dates of the course. You can register for any Purdue online course using the Scheduling Assistant on MyPurdue.

*Do online courses require on-campus tests?

Some do, but many don’t.  To be sure, check the Notes column in MyPurdue > Academics tab > Look Up Classes link or e-mail the professor of the course if you have concerns.  To find the professor’s e-mail in Look Up Classes, click on the CRN of the section you’re interested in, then on the envelope icon next to the professor’s name.  A      “(P)” next to the name means that they are the primary instructor for the course and should be e-mailed first.

Tomorrow, we’ll discuss taking summer courses at Purdue’s regional campus and other colleges outside of the Purdue system.

Investigate Science Careers at “Coffee & Conversation” (Feb. 16)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, January 28, 2016:

Coffee & Conversation (C&C) brings students together with College of Science alumni and professionals from a particular field.  The alumni and professionals for this event will share their experiences and answer your questions about how you can become a competitive candidate in today’s job market.

The next C&C will cover biology and chemistry careers.  It will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

SEATS ARE LIMITED!  Sign up for this great opportunity by emailing  You’ll get more information about the location and event format once you sign up.

Sponsored by the PSSC (Purdue Science Student Council) and the College of Science.

EXPO Career Fair (Feb. 1 – 3)

From the PESC EXPO Career Fair website:

The EXPO Career Fair is an interactive, one-day job fair that annually attracts approximately 150 companies and over a thousand students from Purdue University. From one year to the next, EXPO continues to grow and with your help, we expect this year will be even more successful than the last.

The fair itself will be held on the concourse of Mackey Arena on Monday, February 1st. Company seminars will be held in the evening on the same day, Monday, February 1st, following the fair. Interviews will then be held on campus once the fair has concluded until Wednesday, February 3rd.

EXPO is open to all undergraduate and graduate students throughout a variety of majors, primarily within the engineering, science and technology fields. As members of Purdue’s consistently top-ranked colleges, these students offer exceptional talent and leadership skills. EXPO is a perfect opportunity for employers to personally network with hundreds of these outstanding students from Purdue University.



Summer 2016 Course Schedules are Now Available!

Yea!  Summer 2016 Course Schedules are now available on MyPurdue > Registration Tab > Look Up Classes for viewing only.  Registration for Summer 2016 courses starts in less than a month and extends all the way through until the beginning of each Summer session.

Summer courses have a lot of variation in length and include 4-week, 6-week, 8-week, and 12-week options.  Not every course has each of these options, of course, but within a single courses there can be multiple duration variations (say that five times fast!).  So, be aware of the dates of your course when choosing sections and times.  A quick way to get a “big picture” view of the duration options is to look at the course sections at MyPurdue > Registration Tab > Look Up Classes before registering on Scheduling Assistant.

There are also limits on how many courses you can take during the summer.  Shorter courses cover the same amount of material as their 16-week fall or spring versions.  Typically, students take no more than 10 hours in the summer, with the average being 6 credit hours.  Also, students cannot take more than one one 4-week course at a time and it cannot overlap another 6, 8, or 12 week course!

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Julie!

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 for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Julie.

Julie Mohomad

“Julie Mohomad is a senior at Purdue, but a junior in her major, Interior Design. She’s also working on minors in both Psychology and Building Construction. She started out in Exploratory Studies in her Fall 2012 semester, and stayed an Explorer for three semesters, going into Exploratory Studies to see what her options were and to explore what Purdue had to offer. She believes that the most valuable thing that she learned in Exploratory was the information about all the majors Purdue has to offer and the sheer number of how many majors there are. Her favorite thing about being in Exploratory Studies were the career searches they did in the EDPS courses.

After her three semesters in Exploratory Studies, she CODO’d into Civil Engineering, but decided the engineering aspects weren’t for her, as she wanted to do construction and design. That’s when she went into Interior Design.

Julia enjoys Interior Design because it lets you be creative and you have a lot of opportunity to express yourself and develop your own sense of style. She says that people within the major generally consist of those with a creative mindset who can still think in terms of engineering and how stuff works. Last summer, Julia had an internship that involved working with fabrics and upholstery, consisting mostly of decorating. In the long run, Julia wants to work for a commercial firm and build and design restaurants and hotels.

To those thinking about CODOing into Interior Design or to those that already have, she has a few suggestions and tips. She wants those interested in the major to know that there’s a lot of projects that sometimes coincide, so at times it can be difficult to balance your schedule, and you might have to pull some all-nighters. Make sure to plan wisely! This is especially important in your junior year, as it has the heaviest course load of the years. In addition, she recommends you are constantly building your network and to make full use of it – it will definitely help you land an internship.

As a senior, Julia suggests to everyone (especially those in Exploratory Studies) to look into the majors of every school and explore for yourself – find out what they all have to offer. Learn about the majors and what it means to be in that major before assuming based off of the name or what you’ve heard before. Talk to people within that major and ask them to share their experiences.

Julie’s favorite thing about Purdue is the people: they’re always really nice and willing to help you out when you need it.”

Written by Liam P., freshman