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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!


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the First-Year Engineering Program or to Pre-ABE in the College of Agriculture
  • This LC is not available to Honors College participants - Honors College students will participate in the Goss Scholars Learning Community

Residential Component

  • Optional within Earhart Hall
  • If you wish to also participate in Women in Engineering and want to live with WIE, be sure to preference WIE higher on your application
  • You will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Full Academic Year

Associated Classes


ENGR 13300 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation

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


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


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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