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Do you want to learn more about disorders that affect our ability to communicate? Do you want to learn about how we can facilitate improved communication and quality of life across the lifespan in individuals with speech, swallow, language, and hearing disorders? Through this Learning Community you will learn about the science driving the practice of speech, language, and hearing. You will be exposed to state of the art research in this area. You will learn about the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, and our work with children and adults. You will see why speech-language pathology and audiology are among the fastest growing professions in healthcare. More information on our site.


  • First-time beginning students in SLHS
  • First-time beginning students in Exploratory Studies
  • First-time beginning students in the College of Health and Human Sciences
  • First-time beginning students in the College of Science majoring in Biology
  • First-time beginning students in the College of Agriculture majoring in Biochemistry
  • Any student considering science-based graduate school or professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary school, or allied health fields.

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 Courses and Information

  • SLHS 11000 - Exploring The Science and Practice of Speech, Language, and Hearing Science (one credit)
  • SLHS 11500 - Introduction to Communicative Disorders (three credits)

Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.

Events and Activities Included:

  • Careers in speech, language, and hearing
  • Meetings with professors in speech, language, and hearing sciences
  • Guest speakers from speech, language, and hearing sciences
  • Lab tours
  • Clinic tours

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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