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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. 

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 - Please click the link above for more information on how to participate in the EPICS program

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


Full Academic Year

Associated Courses and Information


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

Note:  Students with appropriate AP or transfer credit may opt-out of the COM and/or ENGL courses



EPCS 12100 - First Year Participation in EPICS


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:

  • 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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