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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!  You will have time to explore your potential in a setting that is academically, professionally, and socially engaging.

Everyone in the LC will take the Academic and Career Planning (EDPS 10500) course together; the course will be taught by your academic advisor in Exploratory Studies. EDPS 10500 is designed to help you learn about yourself, majors, and careers, while also developing deep academic and social networks with other exploring students who will eventually choose majors across campus.

Events are planned by your instructor to enrich course content and add to your college experience. Some of the activities you can participate in include classroom discussions, volunteering in the community, attending Purdue athletic and/or cultural events, meeting for lunch or dinner, special visits and tours across campus, and end-of-semester celebrations.

We hope you will consider applying for this exciting community to build relationships with other Exploratory Studies students.

"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. 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

Fall: EDPS 10500 - Academic and Career Planning

Events and Activities Included:

  • Meals together at various dining courts
  • Introduction to Purdue resources
  • Fall party with pumpkin decorating and games
  • Purdue Convocations Productions
  • Pizza party and activities
  • Networking opportunities with current Purdue upper division students
  • Purdue athletic games or touring facilities
  • Cultural center tours
  • Guest speakers including topics like effective study stills, finals prep, mental health
  • Career interview with a professional
  • End-of-semester celebration and Purdue Memorial Union tree viewing

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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