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Welcome to Cooperative Housing

Cooperative houses have been a part of the Purdue University community for over 75 years.  In a cooperative house, students live and work together to develop personal, professional, and leadership skills and friendships.  Currently, Purdue is home to 11 cooperative houses: 4 men's houses and 7 women's houses.  Students interested in joining a cooperative house can participate in cooperative recruitment in the both the fall and spring semesters. Women's cooperatives only do formal recruitment in the spring. Registration for cooperative formal recruitment will open at the end of the fall semester and is open to both incoming and current Purdue students.

Cooperative members are eligible for more than $15,000 in scholarships each year and have the ability to apply for funding for leadership programs as well. Cooperative living goes beyond just an affordable place to live. Members serve in the local community through community agencies and globally in international service projects. With GPAs consistently above the campus average and amazing graduation rates cooperatives have a track record of being a very positive living and learning environment. Membership in cooperative houses also allows students to begin building connections on campus early on. From the mentor programs offered by houses to intramural sports and social events, there is always something going on around the cooperative housing community.

Recruitment Information:

Our Cooperative houses have both a formal and informal recruitment process. Men's cooperative houses recruit informally in both the fall and spring semester, while both our men's and women's houses have a formal recruitment process in the Spring for incoming and current Purdue students. 

Formal Recruitment:

The formal recruitment process for both men's and women's houses will take place on Sunday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 29th. Spring 2022 formal recruitment will be in person, with a virtual participation option for those who cannot attend in-person or who are more comfortable attending virtually. 

Students (current Purdue students or incoming freshmen) will be able to choose between two weekends for their formal recruitment date. During formal recruitment, students will have the opportunity to meet all of the houses and get to know some of the members. Women will participate in interviews while they visit each of the seven women's houses. Men will visit all four men's houses and then select which houses they would like to interview with after the tours. The houses will then invite individuals back for a second round of visits. After you have gone to all of the houses you chose to visit during the second round, you will rank those houses based on your preference.

Informal Recruitment:

Informal recruitment takes place following formal recruitment, on February 5-6th, 2022. Potential members will be invited back to meet members in a more casual setting. This is a time to ask any questions that you may still have, and it is also a great time to learn more the culture of the houses and assess which ones would be a good fit for you.

For more information throughout the academic year come to any of the call-out meetings hosted by the Purdue Cooperative Council where you will be able to learn more about the individual houses and how the recruitment process works. If you have questions about the process, please contact the Vice President of Recruitment

Continuous Recruitment: Men's Cooperative Continuous Recruitment takes place throughout the fall and spring semester on a rolling basis. The men's houses will have informal events or opportunities to meet members and will extend invitations to membership for interested students based on each houses individual selection process. Spots for potential new members will be left open in each men’s house to ensure that there will be availability for Purdue students as well as current high school seniors who would like to attend formal recruitment this Spring. This is a great opportunity for the young men of Purdue to find a place on campus to call home, make lifelong friendships, and develop themselves as leaders and members of the Purdue community.


Registration for Spring 2022 Cooperative Recruitment is now open! Click here to register today!

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