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The Exploring Service 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 (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 service activities you participate in may include: handing out free cups of lemonade on campus, serving a meal at a local homeless shelter, walking dogs at an animal shelter and more. There will also be social/fun activities like bowling at the Purdue Memorial Union, attending a Purdue Women's Volleyball or Basketball game, meeting for lunch or dinner, and spending an evening at a local corn maze.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to Exploratory Studies

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community reside in Owen Hall
  • Information about this residence hall can be found here
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or living off-campus, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for the learning community


Fall Semester

Associated Classes

EDPS 10500 - Academic and Career Planning

Events and Activities Included:

  • Weekly meeting with other LC members
  • Dinners in a dining court
  • Serving meals at a homeless center
  • Walking dogs at an animal shelter
  • Ushering at local concerts
  • Playing games with nursing home residents
  • Corn maze
  • Purdue women's basketball game
  • Study break pizza and bowling
  • PMO Christmas Show

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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