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Enjoy innovative ideas and people?  

Want to design and make something tangible and meaningful while in college?  

Interested in using Purdue’s resources to grow your ideas into something real? 


The Design & Innovation Learning Community is for you! 


Our learning community centers on a Mission, Meaning, Making (M3) philosophy. Impactful innovation does not happen in single academic disciplines/majors. Instead, it requires a cross-disciplinary approach to: 

  1. understand the meaning behind the problems people face,  
  2. the mission for solving these problems, and
  3. making solutions with the people they impact in mind.  


To be eligible for this learning community: 

  • You can be an incoming first year student (from any major) interested in Designing, Making, and Innovating  
  • You can be any undergraduate student (from any major) enrolled in the Design & Innovation Minor  
  • But you should be ready to have fun, meet new people, and make cool things! 

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.
  • For specific question regarding learning communities, email  
  • 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 Courses and Information

  • No classes are required. However, all students in the learning community are encouraged to enroll in the Design & Innovation minor, which is easy to add to current plans of study (See Design & Innovation Minor Website) 
  • Also, students are encouraged to register for TLI 16100. 
  • Students should attend at least 2 learning community events per semester.  


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:

You will have access to the following: 

  •  Ideation Space in Shreve 123. 
  •  Innovation Lab, including 3D Printing, prototyping tools, microcontrollers, and much more, in 344 Young Hall. 
  • Workshops on how to use different tools and equipment for designing and making. 
  • Instructors across the Polytechnic Institute, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Management, and College of Liberal Arts to build your innovation network. 
  • Events to connect with others such as: 
  1. Design Challenges for prizes, money, and scholarships 
  2. Meals with community leaders and ambassadors 
  3. Tours of local innovative companies and organizations. 
Figure 1. Ideation Space in Shreve Hall        Figure 2. Innovation Labl in Young Hall
 Figure 1. Ideation Space in Shreve Hall          Figure 2. Innovation Lab in Young Hall

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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