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Do you want to learn more about Liberal Arts? Are you ready to be empowered and mentored as you embark on your college career?  If yes, then you are welcome into the CLAIM learning community!  Students in the CLAIM learning community will take two core courses, meet informally with diverse faculty and staff, and participate in cultural attractions, including plays, performances, films, and exhibitions, across the region. Students will discover pathways into fields they may not have considered prior to the learning community. The CLAIM learning community will provide culturally-relevant mentoring for students. Learn more about what Liberal Arts is and how you can use Liberal Arts training to enhance your future career or advanced education goals!

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  • First-time beginning students admitted to any major in the College of Liberal Arts
  • First-time beginning students admitted to the Exploratory Studies Program

Residential Component

  • Optional. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with an optional residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be admitted) to a learning community with an optional residential component. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component.
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Full Academic Year, Spring Semester Optional

Associated Courses and Information


  • HIST 15200 - United States Since 1877
  • ENGL 25700 - Literature of Black America

Spring (optional):

  • SCLA 49000 - Directed Reading

Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.

Events and Activities Included:

  • Movie nights
  • Museum trips
  • Faculty and staff diners
  • Guest speakers
  • Visits to all five of Purdue’s cultural centers: BCC, LCC, NAECC, AAARC, and LGBTQ center

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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