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Designed for students in the department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture or interested in HLA majors, this learning community helps you make the most of your first semester in college. In this community you will join likeminded students in learning about concepts such as plant science, land use, landscape design, sustainability, food systems, and more. You'll also have the opportunity to learn from faculty in various fields, take field trips, and participate in engaging academic and social activities. If you are interested in a career related to Horticulture, Turf Management, Sustainable Food and Farming Systems or Landscape Architecture, this is not something you will want to miss!

Horticulture Students at outside event



  • First-Time beginning students in Horticulture, Pre-Landscape Architecture, Turf Management and Science, Sustainable Ag and Food Systems, Pre-Plant Science, and Exploratory Studies.

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


Fall Semester

Associated Classes

  • AGR 10100 - Introduction To The College Of Agriculture And Purdue University
  • AGR 12000 - Introduction To Horticulture And Landscape Architecture Academic Programs
  • HORT 29100 - Selected Topics in Horticulture: Living Landscapes

Events and Activities Included:

  • Welcome Picnic
  • College of Ag Ice Cream Social
  • Club Callout Visits (including HLA related clubs)
  • Visit to Cultural Centers on Campus
  • Visit to Purdue Student Farm
  • Visit to Daniels Turf Center
  • Visit to Meigs Farm
  • Tour of Campus Architecture and Landscapes
  • Tour of HLA Greenhouse
  • Tour of Horticulture Park
  • Dinner with HLA Ambassadors
  • Exam Study Sessions
  • Field trip to Indianapolis (Newfield's, etc.)
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Propagating Plants in Greenhouse
  • Community Service Projects (Food Finders, Purdue Ag Week, Purdue Winterization Volunteer Event, etc.)
  • Movie night in residence hall or student lounge

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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