Horizons Services

Horizons is designed to be a friendly and easily accessible hub of holistic support for the students in our program. Our programmatic structure is designed to be able to support you in all facets of your college life. Whether you are in need of assistance in a particular subject, need to print off documents in between classes, or you just need a listening ear, we can help you. Our diverse staff welcomes conversations with Horizons students about their interests, challenges, and successes. We ensure your success by providing access to the following services:

Horizons provides cultural enrichment opportunities to its students by way of museum visits, trips to historical landmarks, and access to traveling and studying abroad. In partnership with Purdue Convocations, students can attend select events free of charge. Please contact our office for the current offerings!

Horizons supports students in the development and refinement of their major and career related goals. Additionally, we provide education and assistance in applying to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in graduate and professional programs. Horizons seeks to empower its students to plan their lives post-graduation with intentionality and confidence. Referral services are also available to the Center for Career Opportunities.

First year Horizons participants are matched with a faculty or staff member in their preferred area of study. Faculty mentors serve as knowledgeable and experienced guides, caring facilitators, role models, and most of all, trusted allies and advocates. Through guided reflection, students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of their major pursuit, and better prepare themselves for their college journey. The faculty mentor experience is only mandated for a Horizons student's first semester in college, but most relationships last well throughout their academic career at Purdue.

Horizons provides resources for locating and securing public and private scholarships and offers assistance in completing financial aid applications, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note that Horizons is not a scholarship program; however, additional support may be available for students with unmet financial need.

Horizons provides education and information to improve the financial and economic literacy of its students. Referral services are also available to Boiler Financial Track.

All Horizons freshmen have access to group peer mentoring as part of their Horizons experience. These peer mentor groups are each led by a trained Horizons upperclassman, who undergo rigorous Peer Mentor training course in preparation for their practicum in the following fall semester. Horizons peer mentors are equipped with the skills necessary to guide new students during their first year, and ease their transition into college, acting in a foundational support capacity and as an empathetic resource to provide information, guidance, and motivation to Horizons freshmen as they begin their college journey.

Horizons students have a designated work space for studying and computer usage, located in Krach Leadership Center, Room 329. There are several computers, printers, and a scanner for student use. All printing is free of charge exclusively for Horizons students and will not be deducted from their account.

Horizons provides academic support to students from their freshman year through graduation, including supplemental advising in all aspects of their educational and course planning, GPA recovery and management, and referral services. Horizons staff also facilitate accountability groups for students seeking more support in study skills, time management, and goal setting.

Horizons offers its students free 1:1 and group tutoring in select 100 and 200 level math, science, and foreign language courses. Exceptions for other course requests are based on the availability of tutors and approved by the STEM Program Coordinator. Requests for tutoring should be submitted online and are accepted through the end of week 8 of each semester. Please visit our Tutoring page to learn more and/or submit the online tutor request form.

Questions? Contact us:

Horizons Student Support Services
Krach Leadership Center Room 329
1198 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-7094
Fax: 765-496-2795