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The Explorers learning community, created especially for first-year students in Exploratory Studies, offers a course and out-of-class activities that will help you in your quest to find the right major at Purdue!

The Academic and Career Planning course 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 the Boiler Challenge ropes course, volunteering in the community, attending a Purdue Women's Volleyball game, meeting for lunch or dinner, and enjoying study break pizza and bowling.

"You should join the Explorers Learning Community because you get to meet people interested in all kinds of majors rather than something you are just interested in. You also take classes with these people so you get to know them on a personal level."

- Student in the Explorers Learning Community

"It is a great way to make friends that you see on a routine basis, compared to walking around a 40,000 student campus."

-Student in the Explorers Learning Community


  • First-time beginning students admitted to Exploratory Studies

Residential Component

  • Optional within Owen Hall
  • 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 many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall Semester Only

Associated Classes

EDPS 10500 - Academic and Career Planning

Events and Activities Included:

  • Boiler Challenge ropes course
  • Cultural center tours
  • Introduction to Purdue resources
  • Exploration Acres Corn Maze
  • Course collaboration among associated courses
  • Purdue Convocations Productions
  • Periodic meals with faculty members

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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