Welcome to Summer Start!

 COVID-19 Information

  • Purdue University has decided that Summer Start will continue as planned for Summer 2020.  We look forward to welcoming students to campus in July! 
  • If you are an international student already in the United States, please contact us at thinksummer@purdue.edu to explore summer options as you may need to begin in May or June. 
  • Learn more about how COVID-19 has impacted the admissions timeline here. 

Purdue Summer Start is an innovative five-week summer module designed to jump-start your college career. You'll become familiar with campus resources, professors, other students, and the ins and outs of college living before the majority of the student body returns for the fall semester - all while earning credits towards your degree. Why should you accept your offer of admission to Summer Start?

1. Put yourself on track to graduate early. Full-time tuition for two summers is equal to one fall or spring semester. This means students in many majors have the opportunity to save on housing costs and generate additional income by graduating early. In fact, students who use summer classes to graduate early net an average of $22,300 to $52,094. 

2. Live in the Catalyst Learning Community. The learning community will continue through the entire school year. Living on campus during summer means having the option of enjoying an early move-in, instead of coming to campus when more than 40,000 students arrive. This also means that you will have a guaranteed air-conditioned room for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. Learning community activities throughout the academic year will allow you to create a supportive enrivonment and reach your full potential.

3. Complete seven regular course credit hours in only five weeks. All students will complete two 3-credit courses and one 1-credit freshman seminar course focused on getting to know the ins and outs of Purdue, time management, and successful study habits. These credits will allow you to utilize an additional summer to graduate early, add a minor, or lighten future credit loads during difficult semesters. 

4. Be surrounded by a unique team of support. The team includes, but isn’t limited to, peer mentors, success coaches, academic advisors, resident assistants, college representatives, staff from the Division of Summer Session, and faculty members.

5. Earn a scholarship of up to $1,000! Participating in various activities throughout the year will result in up to $1,000 in scholarship money applied to your tuition, fees, and/or other expenses. 

6. Be part of an award-winning program. NASPA, the world's largest student affairs organization, named Summer Start as the 2020 recipient of the Promising Practices Award.

Log in to your application status portal and accept your offer of admission by June 1, 2020. 

Feel free to check out the various resources on this site and contact us with any questions you may have.

Watch our short videos to learn more about Summer Start at Purdue.

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