The Purdue Experience

The First-Year Engineering Program in the School of Engineering Education is the entry point for all beginning engineering students at Purdue. Here you'll ease into college life, get grounded in the fundamentals, and discover your passion for engineering. Professional academic advisors, faculty, and student advisors will assist you with academic and personal support services as needed. You will enroll in a common first-year curriculum that helps you further distinguish the engineering disciplines, identify which engineering major is right for you, and learn where you might work if you pursue a degree in that field. After successfully completing the First-Year Engineering requirements, you will be admitted into one of the personal schools of engineering.

Ideas To Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory: Only At Purdue
Engineers know how to scale up-and with this new facility, First-Year Engineering faculty have done just that to provide students big educational opportunities as well as a technology interactive environment for one-on-one and small-team interactions. Built as a suite of interconnected studios, the Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory for first-year students defines the state-of-the-art in engineering education. As you follow the required gateway coursework in the First-Year Engineering Program, this is where you'll learn the design process and work on team projects that illustrate the positive contributions engineers make to society, all while using the tools of the engineering profession (like Matlab).
Engineering Honors Program
Through the Engineering Honors Program, part of Purdue's Honors College, highly motivated and academically talented students can broaden their academic horizons in select courses designed specifically for honors students, get access to dedicated Honors Program advising and staff members, and take trips to engineering companies and interact with industry representatives to solve real-world engineering problems.
Learning Communities
Make friends and broaden your educational experience through one of Purdue's learning communities for engineering students. A learning community is a group of 20-30 students who take two or three of the same classes together, live in the same residence hall, or both. Purdue learning communities open to eningeering students include Global Engineering Cultures and Practice and the Women in Engineering Resiential Program.
Minority Engineering Program
The Minority Engineering Program at Purdue University was initiated in 1974 to increase the pool of interested and qualified students from historically under-represented groups pursuing engineering degrees and to provide a foundational support system and programs that encourage students to find solutions to technical and social challenges.
In the award-winning EPICS Program, founded at Purdue, students deliver innovative products to real customers, designing engineering-based solutions for some of the most pressing needs of the local community while working with human service, governmental, and educational institutions. You can enroll in EPICS (it's an academic class) as early as your first semester at Purdue (Participation is the EPICS learning community is an optional part of the program).
Professional Practice Programs
Through cooperative education ("co-op"), you can alternate your classroom learning with full-time work sessions in private industry-helping you to confirm your career choice, investigate permanent employment opportunities, and finance your education.
Global Engineering Program
Engineering is a global occupation, and you're likely to work with colleagues from all over the world. Purdue is investing heavily in making incredible global experiences affordable and integrating them into academic course sequences. Through the Global Engineering Program, you can develop your cross-cultrual competence and leadership skills through study abroad, work abroad, service abroad-even research abroad.
Women in Engineering Program
Purdue University's Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) helps women and girls discover their inner engineer. From mentoring to career development, WIEP continually encourages current and future women engineering students by providing interesting and engaging programming relevant to their lives. WIEP programs are a place to learn, discover and explore aspects of engineering and connect with others who are also interested. They are a place of encouragement, support, and positive perspectives for those who are interested in following their dreams by pursuing an engineering degree.

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