Year-round university

At one time, higher education was driven by the agrarian calendar. Today, students need to move quickly, flexibly and affordably through their academic careers. Purdue is focused on year-round education, which provides students with greater flexibility to incorporate internships, study abroad and undergraduate research into their Purdue experience. By increasing summer enrollment, students can shorten their time to degree completion and increase graduation rates. In fact, more than half of Purdue graduates who finish in four years or less have taken summer courses. And not only will students benefit from focused and consistent learning — the campus and local economies will thrive with a year-round university.



  • Summer enrollment has increased by 31.5 percent since 2012 among undergraduate, graduate and professional students combined. The number of credit hours taken during the summer session by undergraduate students has increased by 40 percent since summer 2012.
  • The 2017 summer session had the largest summer enrollment on record, with 15,849 students taking summer courses, an increase of about 3.5 percent over summer 2016. The number of credit hours taken during the 2017 summer session increased by 3 percent over summer 2016.
    • Of the 15,000+ students on the West Lafayette campus during summer 2017, 56 percent were taking at least one in-person on-campus course.
    • More than 300 incoming freshmen for fall 2017 started their Purdue studies early by taking some coursework during the summer 2017 session.
  • According to the North American Association of Summer Sessions, Purdue had the largest year-over-year increase in summer growth from 2015 to 2016 among member universities.
  • Through an innovative new summer bridge program, the Department of Computer Science has increased first-year retention rates by nearly 80 percent for students who participate in the bridge program compared with those who do not.
  • 63 students used the Summer Finish Scholarship to graduate on August 5, 2017.
  • 120 students participated in internships, undergraduate research and 9 credit hours during summer 2017 as part of the Summer Stay Scholars program.

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