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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, governmental, and educational institutions.

This learning community builds a support community by offering first-year students three 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. College of Engineering students are encouraged to apply for combining participation in this learning community with the Women in Engineering Learning Community housed in Earhart or Shreve Halls.

Please visit the EPICS program site for more information. 


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the First-Year Engineering Program or to Pre-ABE in the College of Agriculture
  • This learning community is not available to Honors College participants - Honors College students will participate in the Engineering Honors LC, however, please click the link above for more information on how to participate in the EPICS program

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community reside in Shreve Hall 
  • Information about this residence hall can be found here
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or living off-campus, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process.
  • 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 and Spring semesters

Associated Classes


ENGR 13300 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation, EPICS

EPCS 11100 - First Year Participation in EPICS

COM 11400 - Fundamentals of Speech OR ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition


EPCS 12100 - First Year Participation in EPICS

Events and Activities Included:

  • Writing lab tour
  • Plant tours of local industries
  • Trip to Turkey Run State Park
  • Guest speakers and presenters
  • EPICS Service Projects
  • Bowling night
  • Movie night
  • Periodic meals with faculty

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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