For-Credit Fun-Sized Courses

Purdue University is excited to offer multiple intensive 1-week, 1-credit opportunities for high school students during June and July. Move-in and orientation for each experience will occur on Sunday and class sessions will begin on Monday.

To apply for any of these courses, please follow these instructions to submit the Summer College for High School Students application.

COVID-19 Note: Summer College for High School Students will offer a traditional mix of residential and online options for Summer 2021.


Data Science and STEM (This program is full for Summer 2021)
June 27 - July 2, 2021

From tracking activity on a wearable device to ensuring the accuracy of sports statistics, data is everywhere. The world is in need of scientists to help analyze, manipulate and act on this data. This course provides students with a unique combination of statistical analysis and computing experience as well as the chance to gain deep critical thinking skills. From healthcare to cybersecurity students will explore the impact of data and how to join one of the fastest growing career fields in the country.

*Students enrolled in this course will be required to bring a personal laptop (minimum of 8GB RAM). A limited number of computers are available for rental, students may also share.


The Next Great Idea: Collaboration and Innovation
Two options to choose from! June 27 - July 2 or July 18-23 (The week of June 27 - July 2 is full for Summer 2021)

Where will the next important idea come from? How can your ideas change the world? HONR 19900: “The Next Idea” is a hands-on, project-based introduction to the skills you will need to navigate the future—in college and beyond. Working with expert faculty and undergraduate mentors from Purdue’s residential Honors College, students will hone critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while learning how to collaborate and communicate across differences. Each day will bring a new challenge for project teams to develop the innovation skills that will produce tomorrow's next great idea.


Empowering Women in Business (This program is full for Summer 2021)
July 11-16, 2021

Empowering Women in Business will introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to business careers and equip them with skills that will help them navigate college life as well as future careers. The one-week residential course, targeted for young women, will provide the opportunity to:

  • Explore how their unique talents and interests can lead to a rewarding career in business
  • Create a tool kit to navigate gender challenges by engaging in confidence and empowerment role-plays
  • Experience college life by interacting with Krannert Students, Faculty, and Alumni
  • Apply their imagination to inventing a company

*** Due to the generosity of Krannert School of Management donors, the cost of tuition and fees, and room and board will be free to the students participating in the summer 2021 Empowering Women in Business Course. The students will be responsible for the Application Fee of $60.00 and travel to and from Purdue University’s West Lafayette Campus.


Developing Infrastructure for Tomorrow: An Introduction to Civil Engineering (This program is full for Summer 2021)
July 11-16, 2021

Civil engineers shape our world  – creating tomorrow’s solutions, today. They design safe forms of shelter, protect our coastlines and waterways, supply clean energy, provide access to clean water and sanitation, and allow safe and efficient movement of people and goods. As we move towards Purdue’s future, we need your help. Assist the Purdue community in planning for growth, development, and the students of tomorrow. In this course, students will explore the multifaceted field of civil engineering and learn how to identify the needs of tomorrow’s communities. 

Through hands-on experiences and project-based learning students will: 

  • Discover civil engineering considerations for the design of campus infrastructure
  • Tour Purdue's civil engineering labs and interact with faculty and student researchers
  • Learn about civil engineering as a career
  • Explore Purdue’s campus, make friends, and enjoy fun activities

***Due to the generosity of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, students participating in the 2021 Developing Infrastructure for Tomorrow: An Introduction to Civil Engineering course will receive funding to cover ½ the cost of tuition and fees. Students will still be responsible for room and board, travel to and from Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus, and the $60.00 application fee.


Introduction to Academic Programs at Purdue: GS 11900
July 18-23, 2021

Not sure what you want to major in when you go to college? Want to learn more about all the exciting opportunities that await you at Purdue University? Introduction to Academic Programs at Purdue is a one-week course designed to help you learn all about Purdue and what it has to offer. In this course, students can expect to: 

  • Conduct activities with instructors from various majors
  • Speak with representatives about their programs and majors
  • Explore Purdue’s campus, make friends, and enjoy fun activities
  • Speak with current Purdue students about their experiences at Purdue
  • Live in one of our residence halls and eat at our award winning dining courts

Exploring University Majors and Careers in Human and Animal Health Care Professions (This program is full for Summer 2021)
July 25-30, 2021

Health care is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. Careers are diverse, and a well-educated workforce is in demand. If you have an interest in human or animal healthcare, there's no better time to explore your options. 

During this one-week, one-credit program, you'll discover how a Purdue education can give you an edge over the competition. For example, students will:

  • Learn about degrees that can lead to an immediate career in human or animal healthcare - veterinary nursing, dietetics, nutrition, exercise physiology, environmental health, and more.
  • Conduct hands-on activities with faculty from Purdue University and the Indiana University School of Medicine – West Lafayette, which is located on Purdue’s campus.
  • Benefit from tips provided by Pre-Professional Advising and explore undergraduate majors related to medical school, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and optometry.
  • Tour the Veterinary Teaching Hospital with staff from the College of Veterinary Medicine. 
  • Explore Purdue's campus and make friends during fun evening activities with your peer mentor. 

Planning for Research in College: What You Can Do Now (This program is full for Summer 2021)
July 25-30, 2021

Conducting innovative research is a great addition to a college career. Undergraduate research in any discipline is a first-hand experience with discovering how experts advance human knowledge. Students develop valuable skills by engaging in cutting-edge research where they apply classroom knowledge to real-world problems under the guidance of expert mentors. Studies show that students who engage in research are more likely to graduate, more likely to go on to graduate school, and have more successful careers after graduation. Taking the time to prepare for research, before you begin your undergraduate career, can help maximize your Purdue experience.

In this one-week residential course, high school students will:

  • Learn how to prepare for undergraduate research before beginning their Purdue career
  • Develop a list of potential research interests with activities to identify these interests
  • Create a list of potential research mentors utilizing a variety of techniques in locating on- and off-campus opportunities
  • Tour Purdue’s research spaces from various disciplines and interact with researchers
  • Explore Purdue’s campus, make friends, and enjoy fun activities

Program Cost (All University tuition and fee rates are subject to change without notice.)

Residency Status Tuition and Fees Room and Board* Application Fee Total
Indiana Resident $347.85 $316.25 $60

$724.10

Domestic Nonresident $948.30 $316.25 $60 $1,324.55
International** $1,018.30 $316.25 $60 $1,394.55

*Room and Board includes meals in university dining courts.
**International students must be attending high school in the United States and possess an educational visa.     
***Any funding received for courses will be automatically applied for students who accept their offer of admission to the program.