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We are like minded incoming first year Purdue students from all over the world!

Although we are pursuing a wide variety of majors, we have a common interest in learning about entrepreneurship.

We share a goal of:

  • learning how to put our creativity to work,
  • analyze markets,
  • and develop new products, services and technologies that can make a difference in today’s society.

These skills will serve us well whether we desire to work for a great company or create, launch and grow our own entrepreneurial new business enterprise.

We live in the same residence hall, Harrison Hall, and
attend the same entrepreneurship class during the fall semester, ENTR 20000, Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Entrepreneurship for all majors.

We work in very diverse multidisciplinary teams that really expand our thinking and capabilities.

Our success is driven by our desire to communicate and collaborate in our fast-paced environment so we learn to develop the skills required of successful entrepreneurs.

We attend a variety of outside the classroom events of a social and/or academic nature that are designed to enhance our ELC and Purdue experience.

Attendance is expected at 3-4 evening dinner events.

We have the opportunity to participate in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, which is similar to a minor. Awarded the distinction of being among the Top 50 entrepreneurship education programs in the country, the program gives students the opportunity to:

  • Add entrepreneurship education and experiences to an already robust Purdue degree to set us apart and provide more career options.
  • Learn valuable, transferable skills, whether we start our own venture or apply entrepreneurial knowledge to help an established organization grow and prosper.

The website provides more Certificate Program information:
Learning. Personal and professional growth.

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There are over 500 outstanding alumni of the ELC.   We invite you to apply to become a member of this select group if you consider yourself a person of high character who is as committed to the success of others as much as yourself and who is willing to invest the time necessary to create a Learning Community of the highest standards.

If what we have described fits your aspirations, then Fill out the required application to indicate your interest. Space is limited.

No matter if the idea of entrepreneurship is new or if you have already achieved some entrepreneurial success, you will add to the richness of the ELC.

"Looking back, I am so grateful that I was a part of the ELC because it is an exceptional program that holds lots of interest to me. Entrepreneurship and Innovation means more in this day and age than ever before. The lessons I learned will help me through college and in my career. I also made valuable friendships that I still cherish to this day." - Rebecca, ELC participant

"The ELC helped to create great friendships and relationships inside and outside of the classroom and taught me the communication skills necessary to help work more productively as a part of a group. The people you meet will not only help you in the ELC classes, but they are contacts you will run into over and over again. The ELC provides so much more than just a unique skill set and interesting classes. It provides great life experience that will set you apart from everyone else and truly shape who you are as a student and person." - Ashley, ELC participant


  • First-time beginning students admitted to any college/school/major with an interest in entrepreneurship

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


Full Academic Year

Associated Classes


ENTR 20000 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation



No Courses

Events and Activities Included:

  • Attendance expected at 3-4 evening dinner events
  • Trip to the Purdue Research Park Business Incubator
  • Introduction to Purdue campus resources
  • Participation in various workshops (Elevator Pitch, Interviewing, After-Dinner Speeches)
  • Interaction with faculty members and speakers

NOTE:  Participants are expected to attend the out-of-class activities

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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