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Which Learning Community is right for me?

Will a Learning Community narrow my Purdue experience?

Can I be a part of more than one Learning Community?

What is a residence option?

Why should I choose the residence option?

How do I fill out my housing contract if I'm applying to a learning community?

Am I automatically admitted to a Learning Community if I send in my application?

What extracurricular activities are required if I join a Learning Community?

Can I indicate who I would like my roommate to be?

If I'm an incoming student what if I apply or edit my application after the May 5th priority deadline?


Which Learning Community is right for me?

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In order to make this decision, you need to decide what you want to get out of a Learning Community. Most Learning Communities include at least two to three academic courses within your academic major or program you have been admitted to at Purdue. These provide a great way for you to meet and learn with students who have similar academic interests. Other Learning Communities are based on a theme and are open to all, regardless of major. These communities furnish an opportunity to connect with students from many different academic backgrounds who share some common interests with you. Each LC profile will explain the eligibility requirements and courses associated, when applicable, to help you decide. You can also contact the LC Staff if you have specific questions about what LC would be right for you! Your academic advisor can also help you determine your eligibility for certain Learning Communities.


Will a Learning Community narrow my Purdue experience?

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Not at all! In most cases, you will be enrolled in at least two to three courses outside of the learning community, which will give you opportunities to interact with many other students. Your learning community will build a strong foundation for you, which will positively affect all of your experiences at Purdue.


Can I be a part of more than one Learning Community?

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Yes, in a few limited cases. If you are admitted to the College of Engineering, College of Science, or Polytechnic Institute and you are interested in the success of women in these fields, you are eligible to be considered for participation in the Women in Engineering Residential Program, the Women in Science Residential Program, or the Women in Technology Residential Program plus one of the other Learning Communities featured on this website.   


What is a "residence option"?

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The residence option is an opportunity to both live and take courses with students in your Learning Community. Most Learning Communities have a residential aspect, whether it is optional or required. For the optional residential aspect, you tell us on your application if you want to reside in the designated LC space in the indicated residence hall. For the required residential aspect, you must live in the residential space to participate in the LC. If you want to live with the optional residential LCs or for the residentially required LCs, you MUST complete a housing contract (which is different from the Learning Communities application) no later than May 5th. If you're not sure whether you have filed an application, please call University Residences at (765) 494-1000.


Why choose the residence option?

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Most students choose the residence option if they are living in Purdue University Residences. Students who have participated in residential Learning Communities report that it's great to be able to study or just hang out in the relaxed atmosphere the residence halls provide. It's also a good way to ensure that you'll be living with students who share your interest. Some learning communities require you to reside with other members of the community if you live on campus.


How do I fill out my housing contract if I'm applying to a learning community?

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For incoming students, when you complete your housing contract with University Residences, you will not know if you have been accepted into a Learning Community. That's okay. Fill out the contract and if you are placed in a learning community you will receive an assignment in the associated residence hall. If you are not placed in a learning community your housing contract preferences will be taken into consideration for your housing assignment.

For current Purdue students applying to residentially required learning communities you must renew your housing contract.  If you are placed into a learning commmunity you will then be able to select a space withing the learning community's designated residential area in the contract renewal portal.


Am I automatically admitted to a Learning Community if I send in my application?

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Placement in a learning community (LC) is determined by a comprehensive review of all applications to create optimal learning environments for each LC. The LC placement criteria include elements such as the Purdue college, school, major and/or program to which you are admitted or enrolled, and space availability. While you can list multiple options on your Learning Communities application to increase your likelihood of ultimately being enrolled in a Learning Community, you should only list options for which you have serious interest. If you are interested in only one community, list that community only. Space is limited. Submitting an application does not guarantee placement in a Learning Community.


What extracurricular activities are required if I join a Learning Community?

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In some cases, activities are required as they are connected with in-class coursework, such as attending a play and reflecting on it in a paper. Others may be purely social, like a pizza party, or even a casual study break with snacks, and your participation in these types of events is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. The purpose of the extracurricular activities is to get you quickly connected to your academic peers, faculty and staff, as well as the overall campus community. 


Can I indicate who I would like my roommate to be?

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For a few of the LCs that have a residential option, YES, you are able to indicate the person with whom you would like to be roommates. HOWEVER, many of the Learning Communities require that you must have a roommate from within that LC.

If your desired roommate is also placed in the same LC, then every effort to accommodate your request will be made.

It is important that if there is someone with whom you would like to live that you list them on your housing contract AND that they list you on theirs as well. In the event that neither of you are selected to be in a Learning Community, University Residences staff will return to your housing preferences and requests to assign you a roommate and to a residence hall for the fall semester.

Please note: If you apply for a residence-required Learning Community and also list a roommate request, the roommate request will take priority over the Learning Community application. Thus, if you request a roommate who is not eligible to apply or did not apply for the residence-required Learning Community for which you applied, you will not be placed in that Learning Community.


 If I'm an incoming student what if I apply or edit my application after the May 5th priority deadline?

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For incoming students May 5th is the priority application deadline to be placed in a learning community (although it does not guarantee placement).  Applications submitted or modified after May 5th will be considered based on availability following initial placement.  

Any More Questions?

Feel free to contact us at learningcommunities@purdue.edu

Any other specific questions regarding roommates should be directed to University Residences at (765) 494-1000.

Learning Communities ERHT 1275 1st Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 - (765) 494-5785 or (765) 494-8571, learningcommunities@purdue.edu

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