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The Exploratory Studies Scholars learning community was created especially for first-year, high ability students in Exploratory Studies (as identified by SAT/ACT scores).  This LC offers a course and unique out-of-class activities that will help you in your quest to find the right major at Purdue!

The Academic and Career Planning course (EDPS 10500)  taught by Exploratory Studies academic advisors is designed to help you learn about yourself, majors, and careers. This allows you to develop deep academic and social networks in class with students who will eventually choose majors across campus.

Some of the activities you participate in may include meeting for lunch of dinner, alumni panels, enjoying study breaks with pizza and crafts, volunteering in the community, and attending a Purdue Women's Basketball or Volleyball game, just to name a few options.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to Exploratory Studies who have an interest in learning about Honors opportunities at Purdue
  • SAT of 1800+ (old 2400 scale), SAT of 1280+ (new 1600 scale), or ACT of 27+ composite

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 Classes


EDPS 10500 - Academic and Career Planning



No Courses

Events and Activities Included:

  • Introduction to Purdue resources
  • Purdue Convocations Productions
  • Periodic meals with instructor
  • Guest speakers
  • Sporting Events
  • Alumni & Junior/Senior chat nights
  • Game nights
  • Athletic facilities tours
  • Self-defense classes
  • Craft events such as painting ceramics
  • Movie and bowling 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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