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An exciting opportunity for all participants of the Summer Start program.  You will get to live in Harrison Hall from the time you arrive at Purdue in July all the way until the end of your first year in May.  Participants will live together, take courses together, and have a variety of events that will promote your academic success as well as help connect you to peers, faculty, and staff.

All participants of the Summer Start program will automatically be enrolled in the Catalyst Learning Community.  For more information about Summer Start, please visit the Division of Summer Session.  


All incoming students admitted to the Summer Start program

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community must reside in Harrison Hall
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Summer Start term and Full Academic Year

Associated Classes


GS 12000 - Summer Start Seminar


GS 12100 - Summer Start Seminar II


No course

Events and Activities Included:


  • Trip to Indianapolis and Indianapolis Indians baseball game
  • Campus BBQ with Purdue President Mitch Daniels
  • Trip to the Indiana Dunes on Lake Michigan
  • Dive-in movie
  • Laser tag
  • Summer Concert Series at the Union
  • Movies on Slayter Hill


  • Exploration Acres - Indiana's largest corn maze
  • Purdue men's basketball game
  • Finals week destress
  • Weekly Catalyst lunches


  • Sledding on Slayter Hill
  • Monster mini golf
  • Hiking at Turkey Run State Park
  • Weekly Catalyst lunches

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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