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The Design Purdue IRL (In Real Life) learning community provides an exciting opportunity for students across Purdue to work collaboratively on a design project focused on real-life, Purdue-specific, social engagement. Students will improve and develop their leadership skills as they work in cross-disciplinary teams. Students will learn to communicate ideas across disciplines (e.g., engineering, sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences, etc.). Students will develop awareness and knowledge of the diverse perspectives on Purdue’s campus. Students will learn to design for innovation in the context of social engagement. The course's central design project will challenge students to develop creative ideas, consider multiple perspectives, and explore Purdue’s social offerings. Students in the learning community will be housed in a common residence, which will provide the opportunity to engage in social endeavors throughout the semester. 


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the any school/college/major who have an interest in using Engineering across disciplines
  • This LC is not available to Honors College participants - Honors College students will participate in the Goss Scholars Learning Community

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community will reside in Earhart Hall 
  • If you wish to also participate in Women in Engineering and want to live with WIE, be sure to preference WIE higher on your application
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall Semester Only

Associated Classes

  • ENGR 10300 - Introduction to Engineering in Practice
  • COM 11400 - Fundamentals of Communication
  • *ENGR 13100 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation 1

*Only students admitted to the First Year Engineering (FYE) program are eligible to take ENGR 13100

Events and Activities Included:

  • Social events
  • Engineering lab tours
  • Purdue resource exploration and tours

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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