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The Catalyst Learning Community helps first-year students maximize their potential at Purdue University. This program allows students to transition to Purdue in a smaller environment, learn the ins and outs of Purdue from a peer mentor, adjust study skills to meet the rigor of college classes, make friends, earn up to 9 credit hours, and more before 50,000 students arrive for the fall semester. This community of scholars then continues throughout the first year. Students selected for this learning community must join the Early Start program and begin at Purdue on Friday, July 7. Summer classes end the Friday before Boiler Gold Rush. Fall admits can switch to Early Start by following the directions below after accepting their offer of admission.

1. Enter your application portal.

2. Select the Reply Forms tab. This tab typically becomes available 24-48 hours after accepting your offer of admission.

3. Complete the Early Start form.

4. Wait for the next steps email to arrive. It typically takes 48 hours for your student profile to update from Fall 2023 to Summer 2023 admission.

Note: All students participating in the Summer Start program will automatically be enrolled in the Catalyst Learning Community.


All incoming students who want to come to campus in July instead of waiting until August.

Residential Component

· Participants in this learning community can live in any residence hall.

· Students must begin at Purdue on Friday, July 7 and be in the Early Start or Summer Start programs to participate.

· Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community.


July 2023 – May 2024

Associated Classes

Summer 2023

GS 12000: Summer Start Seminar (1 credit hour)

Fall 2023

GS 12001: Summer Start Seminar II (1 credit hour)

Events and Activities Included:

· Hot Dogs with the Top Dogs

· Cultural Center Festival

· University Talent Show

· Field Games (kickball, volleyball, spike ball, and more)

· Boilermaker Special Rides

· End of Summer Celebration and Fountain Run

· Women’s Basketball Game

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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