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The Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Learning Community provides an opportunity for first-year engineering students to engage with other undergraduates (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and graduate student and faculty mentors in authentic and extended research and design projects on multi-disciplinary VIP teams that are typically related to active research areas of Purdue faculty members. Most projects in VIP last multiple years. Please visit the VIP site for a list of current and future teams.

Participating in this learning community will assist you in integrating into the Purdue Engineering community and program and help support your engagement in research and design activities.  It is a fantastic way to kick off your Engineering studies at Purdue!

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


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the First-Year Engineering Program or to ABE or Pre-ABE in the College of Agriculture
  • 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.
  • For specific question regarding learning communities, email  
  • 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

VIP 17911 - 1 credit first-year VIP learning community course I



VIP 17912 - 1 credit first-year VIP learning community course 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:

  • Social gatherings with learning and VIP members 
  • Seminars/meals with faculty to learn about their research and careers
  • Game/recreation nights

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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