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Explorers LEAD is a learning community created for first-year students in Exploratory Studies that want to better understand leadership. What is YOUR definition of a leader? How can you grow as a leader while at Purdue and beyond? We will explore what it means to be a leader and how you can develop your own leadership style.

This learning community offers out-of-class activities and events that focus on strengthening your leadership skills while also engaging with your classmates through social events. As an Exploratory Studies student, you will take the Academic and Career Planning course (EDPS 10500) taught by Exploratory Studies academic advisors. This course is designed to help you learn about yourself, majors, and careers. However, in this learning community, you will have extra opportunities to network with your classmates, professionals, and alumni.


  • 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


Fall Semester Only

Associated Classes

EDPS 10500 - Academic and Career Planning

Events and Activities Included:

  • Introduction to Purdue resources
  • Social events
  • Special presentations by professionals and alumni
  • 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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