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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. 

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 Year Engineering students at Purdue in Indianapolis


Residential Component

Optional: 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 Practice (Fall or Spring)

ENGR 13300 (2 cr.): Transforming Ideas to Innovation

VIP 17911 (1 cr): First year participation in Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) I


Spring Semester:

ENGR 10300 (1 cr): Intro to Engineering Practice (Fall or Spring)

VIP 17912 (1 cr): First year participation in Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) 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:

Events/Activities may include:

  • Trips with teams to engage with industry partners working on projects
  • 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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