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Design and Innovation Learning Community spans across all disciplines to foster integrated learning in the context of innovation.

This learning community will build students’ confidence by blending liberal arts, technology, and business thinking as students seek to collaboratively solve today’s problems. Additionally, the learning community will help students make connections among ideas and experiences to synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within and outside Purdue.  

(This learning community is also designed to support incoming Purdue Polytechnic High School graduates and connect them with the university resources for technology development and commercialization.) 


  • Any current undergraduate student enrolled in the Design and Innovation minor, with interest in engaging in a culture of innovation.
  • Any incoming freshman that graduated from one of the Purdue Polytechnic High Schools
  • Any incoming student interested in Design and Innovation.

Residential Component

  • Optional, female students in Earhart Hall
  • Optional, male students in McCutcheon Hall
  • You will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to 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


Full Academic Year

Associated Classes

There are no required courses.

Interested LC students are encouraged to visit the following link for courses to consider.

Design and Innovation Minor:

Events and Activities Included:

  • Tour John and Catherine Christian home (Samara) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Semester Design Competitions for Monetary Prizes and Scholarships
  • Lafayette MatchBox Meet-ups
  • Meals with design and innovation community leaders
  • Tour NorthStar Novelty Ice cream factory
  • Innovation Studio Access (Tools, 3D Printing, Robotics, etc.)

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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