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Do you want to learn engineering design while immediately making an impact on the community? The Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) learning community places first-semester students in the award-winning EPICS program to design engineering-based solutions for some of the most pressing needs of the local community while working with human service, access and abilities, education and outreach or the environment.

This learning community builds a support community by offering first-year students common classes with other EPICS learning community students, outside-of-class activities, the opportunity for a shared residence experience, and a formal mentoring experience. This combination helps students transition to Purdue, explore different engineering disciplines, and find fulfilling career paths. 

The EPICS LC will provide connections with local Industry and community partners through experiences planned throughout each semester. 

To express interest in this Purdue in Indianapolis LC, please visit the following site.



First-year engineering students at Purdue in Indianapolis


Residential Component


Students may choose to live in University Residences housing. Students who select to live with the LC will be placed with another student in the same LC.


Full Academic Year

Associated Courses and Information

Fall Semester:

ENGR 10300 (1 cr): Intro to Engineering in Practice

ENGR 13300 (2 cr): Transforming Ideas to Innovation I - EPICS

EPCS 11100 (1 cr): First Year participation in EPICS I


Spring Semester:

ENGR 10300 (1 cr): Intro to Engineering Practice

EPCS 12100 (1 cr): First Year participation in EPICS II


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:

Examples could include:

  • Trips to local community partner(s) or industry facilities
  • Partnerships and long-term projects based on small group teams or experiences
  • Social events in/around Indianapolis
  • Study groups

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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