Frequently Asked Questions
In order to make this decision, you need to decide what you want to get out of a Learning Community. Some Learning Communities are for students admitted to a specific college, school, program or major at Purdue. These provide a great way for you to meet and learn with students who have similar academic interests. Other Learning Communities are based on a theme and are open to all, regardless of major. These communities furnish an opportunity to connect with students from many different academic backgrounds who share some common interests with you. Your academic advisor will help you determine your eligibility for certain Learning Communities when you meet for registration during Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR).
Not at all! In most cases, you will be enrolled in at least two to three courses outside of the learning community, which will give you opportunities to interact with many other students. Your learning community will build a strong foundation for you, which will positively affect all of your experiences at Purdue.
Yes, in a few limited cases. If you are admitted to the Colleges of Engineering, Science, or Technology and you are interested in the success of women in these fields, you are eligible to be considered for participation in the Women in Engineering Residential Program, the Women in Science Residential Program, or the Women in Technology Residential Program plus one of the other Learning Communities featured on this website. In addition, University Honors Program students can take part in The Lyceum and some of the other communities. Finally, students in the Liberal Arts Honors Learning Community, the Management Honors Learning Community, the Agricultural Honors Learning Community, and the Science Honors Learning Community can also take courses as part of some of the other communities.
It's an opportunity to both live and take courses with students in your Learning Community. If you want to go this route, you MUST complete a housing contract (which is different from the Learning Communities application) no later than May 5. If you're not sure whether you have filed an application, please call University Residences at (765) 494-1000.
Most students choose the residence option if they are living in Purdue University Residences. Students who have participated in residential Learning Communities report that it's great to be able to study or just hang out in the relaxed atmosphere the residence halls provide. It's also a good way to ensure that you'll be living with students who share your interest. Some learning communities require you to reside with other members of the community if you live on campus.
When you complete your housing contract with University Residences, you will not know if you have been accepted into a Learning Community. That's okay. To complete your contract, ask yourself this question: "What hall do I want to live in if I am not accepted into a Learning Community?" Then rank your choices. Some students may decide they still want to live in the same hall the community is in because they know other students sharing the same major or interest will be living there also. For others, they may decide they want to live somewhere completely different. They want to be in a certain hall only if they are part of the Learning Community.
Placement in a Learning Community (LC) is determined by a competitive process based on a comprehensive review of your application. The LC placement criteria include elements such as prior academic achievement, the Purdue College, School, major and/or program to which the applicant is admitted, and space availability. You are encouraged to apply for Learning Communities as soon as you receive these application materials, as spaces are limited. While you can list multiple options on your Learning Communities application to increase your likelihood of ultimately being enrolled in a Learning Community, you should only list options for which you have serious interest. If you are interested in only one community, list that community only. Space is limited. Submitting an application does not guarantee placement in a learning community.
Service learning means learning by doing. In the service learning component of your Learning Community, you'll get involved in the local community through a project that relates to the things you are studying in class - a great application of your classroom learning. In the process, you'll discover how to use your education to enhance lives and change the world in which we live.
In some cases, activities are required as they are connected with in-class coursework, such as attending a play and reflecting on it in a paper. Others may be purely social, like a pizza party, or even a casual study break with snacks, and your participation in these types of events is voluntary but strongly encouraged.
For a few of the LCs that have a residential option, YES, you are able to indicate the person with whom you would like to be roommates. HOWEVER, many of the learning communities require that you must have a roommate from within that LC.
If your desired roommate is also placed in the same LC, then every effort to accommodate your request will be made.
It is important that if there is someone with whom you would like to live that you list them on your housing contract AND that they list you on theirs as well. In the event that neither of you are selected to be in a Learning Community, University Residences staff will return to your housing preferences and requests to assign you a roommate and to a residence hall for the fall semester.
Please note: If you apply for a residence-required Learning Community and also list a roommate request, the roommate request will take priority over the Learning Community application. Thus, if you request a roommate who is not eligible to apply or did not apply for the residence-required Learning Community for which you applied, you will not be placed in that Learning Community.
Any other specific questions regarding roommates should be directed to University Residences at (765) 494-1000.