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The Bands and Orchestras - Engineering learning community is open to all first-year band and orchestra students who are also enrolled in the College of Engineering. The ENGR 103 course is taught by faculty and staff from Purdue Bands & Orchestras. Throughout the semester, students will gain knowledge about career opportunities, resume preparation, and personal development requirements that are needed to succeed in a career with Engineering. This course is also designed to inform students about the resources around Purdue University to help with personal development. Students will gain knowledge in networking, interviewing, and other interpersonal skill techniques, and begin to plan for work or co-op experiences by hearing from current band or orchestra engineering students. Each class will highlight a guest speaker who will engage students on topics that will prepare them for life during college and after graduation. A class field trip is included, and allows students to see both their passions in action—music and engineering. The class offers academic credit and meets one day per week for the fall semester only. College of Engineering students are encouraged to apply for combining participation in this learning community with the Women in Engineering learning community.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the First-Year Engineering Program or to Pre-ABE in the College of Agriculture
  • Students have to audition & enroll in a band or orchestra ensemble. Eligible ensembles include: “All-American” Marching Band, jazz bands, concert bands, orchestras, Golduster Dance Team, twirlers, and Golden Silks Color Guard.  Please visit the Purdue Bands & Orchestras website to find out how to audition. For further information please contact the band & orchestra office at 765-494-0770
  • This LC is not available to Honors College participants

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 Courses and Information

ENGR 10301 - Introduction to Engineering in Practice

ENGR 13100 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation

Appropriate ensemble course


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:

  • Purdue Bands & Orchestras concerts
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Game Nights
  • Movie Nights
  • End of Semester Breakfast

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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