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: One-week, one-credit experiences were residential last summer and they will be conducted on campus again during Summer 2022. 


TOTAL - Turned Onto Technology And Leadership (This program is currently full for Summer 2022.) 
June 26 - July 1, 2022

The Turned Onto Technology And Leadership (TOTAL) program, offered by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, introduces high school students to the various fields of technology that are offered as Bachelor of Science degree programs in the college. Students participating in the program will dive into the six different academic departments of the Polytechnic: Aviation Technology, Construction Management Technology, Computer Information Technology, Computer Graphics Technology, Engineering Technology and Technology Leadership and Innovation. Students will earn one college credit during the program by working on a week-long project with faculty members in the Polytechnic. Throughout the one-week program, students will also take part in activities with each of the six departments to gain a better understanding of the technology fields offered in the college, participate in the hands-on learning environment that the Polytechnic utilizes, and learn how in-demand technology careers are made possible through the Polytechnic’s degree programs. Students will live on campus in one of Purdue’s residences halls, getting a taste of what college life will be like in their future.


PREFACE: Pre-Freshmen and Cooperative Education (Hosted by the Minority Engineering Program (This program is currently full for Summer 2022.) 
June 26 - July 1, 2022

During the PREFACE program, participants will live in one of Purdue's residence halls, meet current undergraduate and graduate engineering students, learn from faculty, and interact with administrators. Students will complete a hands-on engineering project, tour select research laboratories, explore 15 unique engineering majors, and examine career choices related to their values, attitudes, and goals. With a strong focus on mathematics, students will complete a pre-assessment and receive a license for an online academic program that they can continue to use after the program has concluded. This program is hosted by our world-renowned Minority Engineering Program and has a strong focus on diversity across engineering fields. 


Thomora Black Arts Workshop (Hosted by the Black Cultural Center)
June 26 - July 1, 2022

Are you interested in learning all things Black Arts such as: dance, theatre, and contemporary commercial musicianship? Join us for the Thomora Black Arts Workshop! The workshop will cover the teachings of Katherine Dunham and Augusto Boal. Within this immersive and experiential cultural learning experience you will be walked through 3 different classes:

  • Theatre: Explore contemporary themes and issues related to everyday life. As well as develop a short devised theatre work.
  • Dance: Learn about several unique dance techniques drawn from modern, traditional and contemporary practice.
  • Contemporary Commercial Musicianship: Research R&B, Pop, and Gospel music styles.

(Beyond) Anime, K-Pop, Bollywood, and Shang-Chi: Asians & Asian Americans in Popular Culture   

June 26 - July 1, 2022

(Beyond) Anime, K-Pop, Bollywood, and Shang-Chi: Asian Americans and Asians in Popular Culture will take students to the history, significance, and current topics of Asian American and Asian representations in the media and popular culture. In this class, students will watch, review, and learn about diverse forms of Asian/American popular culture and connect them with topics such as Asian migration to the United States, lived experiences of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans, as well as issues such as anti-Asian racism. Students will be involved in a mini exhibit project on the topic and learn from Asian-interest student organizations about further opportunities to engage with their popular culture initiatives.


Pre-College Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute (This program is currently full for Summer 2022.) 
June 26 - July 1, 2022

Pre-College Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute is a one-week residential program that allows participants to grow their interests in STEAM areas and experience Purdue’s campus life. To demonstrate research, innovation and discovery in agriculture and science, Purdue Agriculture faculty serve as research mentors of hands-on experiments in their labs throughout the week. Previously, students were hosted in faculty laboratories in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agronomy, Botany and Plant Pathology, and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Students will spend approximately 20 hours in laboratories conducting research and present their findings at the end of the week.

In addition to time in the labs, students will connect with college leadership throughout the week, engage in fun team-building exercises, and enjoy a local social outing.

Scholarships for the Pre-College Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute will be awarded to ten Indiana resident students in the amount of $500 each and two non-Indiana resident students in the amount of $1,000 each to go towards tuition, room and board for the students enrolled in the PC-MASI course.  Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria.

  • Grades in core academic coursework and strength of your school curriculum (in the context of courses available at your school).  This information will be gathered from your Purdue Summer College application and transcripts.
  • Answers to the scholarship application questions. PCMASI ScholarshipApplicationQuestions.pdf

It is preferred for the application to be completed in one attempt. Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship awarding. The scholarship application for Pre-College Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute is due by April 1st at 11:59 pm EST.  

Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 15th via email.  


Data Science and STEM (This program is currently full for Summer 2022.)
July 10 - July 15, 2022

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.


Empowering Women in Business (This program is full for Summer 2022.)
Two options to choose from in 2022! July 10-15 or July 17-22

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 2022 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 Tomorrow's Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil Engineering (This program is currently full for Summer 2022.) 
July 10-15, 2022

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain our infrastructure in a way that accommodates the needs of generations to come.  From roadways, tunnels, bridges, and sewers to public transit, power grids, coastline protection, and the next city skyline, civil engineers design the world of the future. This course is built around projects designed to introduce you to the principles and practices of a wide range of disciplines within civil engineering, build skills in working with teams during the design process, and develop a broad picture of how this profession impacts your community today and shapes the possibilities of the future. 

In this one-week course, students will:   

  • Learn what mathematical and scientific principles are employed in different civil engineering disciplines. 
  • Learn how civil engineers are preparing for the future. 
  • Participate in learning activities related to structural design, transportation planning, and land mapping. 
  • Interact with faculty and student researchers at Purdue. 
  • Make friends and enjoy fun activities.

***Due to the generosity of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, students participating in the 2022 Developing Tomorrow’s Infrastructure: 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 or must qualify for an application fee waiver. 


Introduction to Academic Programs at Purdue: GS 11900 

July 10-15, 2022

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

Easy as Pi: Pre-Calculus for High School Students (This program is currently full for Summer 2022.) 
July 17-22, 2022

In this program, students will maintain connections between algebra and geometry to build a conceptual understanding of functions and the role they play in mathematics.  Students will explore ways to represent and analyze representations of different polynomial functions and consider contexts in which these types of functions are useful for mathematical modeling. They will examine the language and symbols of mathematical functions and how to communicate mathematically.  The experience will be student-centered and engage students as mathematical thinkers and doers. Students will unpack and interrogate interesting ideas about mathematics and solve problems collaboratively. 

***Students selected for Easy as Pi: Pre-Calculus for High School Students will have their tuition, fees, room, and board covered by funding from the Lumina Foundation's Herman Rubin Memorial for Initiatives in Education Innovation Fund.  Students are still responsible for the $60 application fee or must qualify for an application fee waiver. 


Exploring University Majors and Careers in Human and Animal Health Care Professions (This program is currently full for Summer 2022.) 
July 24-29, 2022

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. 

Ahead of the Curve: Calculus for High School Students (This program is currently full for Summer 2022.) 
July 24-29, 2022

In this program, students will build on their prior knowledge of functions from algebra and geometry to develop a conceptual understanding of derivatives.  Students will develop an understanding of the beginning concepts of differential calculus using concepts and skills found in secondary algebra and geometry. They will focus on building an understanding of calculus from their existing knowledge of polynomials  They will examine the language and symbols of calculus and how to communicate mathematically. This program will be student-centered and engage students as mathematical thinkers and doers.  Students will work together to unpack and interrogate interesting ideas about mathematics and to solve problems collaboratively. 

***Students selected for Ahead of the Curve: Calculus for High School Students will have their tuition, fees, room, and board covered by funding from the Lumina Foundation's Herman Rubin Memorial for Initiatives in Education Innovation Fund.  Students are still responsible for the $60 application fee or must qualify for an application fee waiver. 


The Next Great Idea: Climate Solutions
July 24-29, 2022

In this short course, we'll explore the technologies that will shape our collective solution to the climate crisis in three areas: electricity generation, heavy industry and geoengineering. We'll also be considering three related questions. First, why aren't we seeing these solutions being implemented already? Second, in what ways are technologies and innovations shaped by economics, politics and social norms? Finally, what are your own approaches to climate solutions and how do they relate to approaches being offered by others? At the end of the course you'll have increased your knowledge about critical technologies and also your understanding of how technology and society interact.


Planning for Research in College: What You Can Do Now
July 24-29, 2022

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.