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The Computer Science Learning Community is designed for first-year Computer Science students in the College of Science. Only students admitted to the Computer Science degree will be able to participate in the CS LC.

The Gold section of this learning community is for students who have little to no prior programming experience.  The Black section is for those with prior programming experience.  Prior programming experience would include taking Computer Science AP in high school or multiple years of personal experience with Java. This year-long experience will allow you to live, learn, and connect with other students who are passionate about Computer Science through a vibrant Learning Community.

You will be encouraged to develop study groups, share your expertise, and get involved with other students both academically and socially. This LC is designed to be a social support and will involve social events throughout the semester (travel as permitted by Protect Purdue guidance).

As a member of this LC, you will be enrolled in a specific section of CS 18000 lecture and lab (Black* or Gold**), as well as a specific section of CS 19300 and CS 19100 during the fall semester.  This is to help you build a strong content foundation in Computer Science and academic success in the first semester and beyond.

You will also be led by your academic advisor to assist in connecting with your department to learn about the rich and varied opportunities that are available, including research and internships.

*CS 18000 Black assumes students are very familiar with the below topics. The black section will include enriching topics that go beyond the core outcomes of the class, but which are not essential for subsequent courses.

  • Types and Strings
  • Selection (is, switch)
  • Repetition (while, do while, for)
  • Arrays
  • Classes, Objects, and Methods

*CS 18000 Gold assumes students have no programming background or limited experience with:

  • Types and Strings
  • Selection (is, switch)
  • Repetition (while, do while, for)
  • Arrays
  • Classes, Objects, and Methods


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the College of Science with a major in Computer Science
  • Students must have a minimum SAT Math score of 650, or a minimum ACT Math score of 29, or earn a score of 85 on ALEKS Math Assessment to qualify for CS 18000, 19100, and 19000

Residential Component

  • Female students from this learning community will reside in Earhart Hall
  • Male students from this learning community will reside in McCutcheon Hall
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most 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

Associated Classes


CS 18000 - Problem Solving and Objective Oriented Programming

CS 19100 - Freshmen Resources Seminar

CS 19300 - Tools

Events and Activities Included:

  • Social gatherings with learning community members
  • Periodic meals with faculty and staff
  • Meet and Greet with Instructors
  • Career Fair Preparation

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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