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Transformative Learning

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Students come to Purdue seeking knowledge, but some of life’s most important lessons aren’t found in a book or a lecture hall.

Transformational experiences including leadership immersion trips, research projects, corporate consulting, and study abroad change the way students look at the world. When we switch the academic experience from passive to active, we produce agile, critical thinkers capable of seeing and then tackling the world’s biggest problems.


We are transforming the academic experience by ensuring students are ready for their careers before they enter the professional world. 
Our CareerBound program, already nationally recognized as an innovative platform for internship and career preparation, develops skills employers tell us are the real differentiators for success.  Through CareerBound, students develop core competencies and are matched with an advisor, a career coach, and an alumni mentor who provide structured feedback. 
We will invest in this career preparation program to provide more staffing and gamified software programs, building upon the success of this award-winning program.
Chloe Jenkins

Transformative career prep requires dedicated staff, robust technologies, and school-wide devotion.
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Honors Courses & Internships

We will grow the Honors program to 100 business students each year, or about 10% of each incoming class. We will increase the number of Honors business courses offered.

To transform their academic experience into a truly active one, students can choose between a scholarly project with a faculty mentor or an internship. Partnering with faculty on real-world research and interning are some of the most transformative learning experiences a student can have, and our new School of Business will increase these valuable opportunities. 

Ninety-percent of our business students report having at least one internship before they graduate. We will magnify this success, ensuring that our new School of Business provides the best experiential learning opportunities for all students. 

Eli Coltin

Honors College student Eli Coltin has enhanced his classroom learning with internships and research projects.
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"My experience as a Griswold Intern has been transformative. The Griswold Undergraduate Research Internship program gave me the opportunity to work with clients on developing immediate solutions for their company. My teammates and I met with the clients, developed a relationship with them, and provided solutions that were implemented. I also learned powerful software such as Power BI, which I can now incorporate into my portfolio of skills when applying to jobs." — Hannah George, double major in Marketing and English, Class of 2024

Short Course Sprints

Our innovative learning opportunities don’t stop with Honors courses, internships, professional development, or the creation of new majors and minors. We are also reimagining how our students learn. 

We will embrace a forward-looking environment across the school by bringing industry experts and futurists to campus to share their predictions and how they may impact organizations. Students will have short-term learning opportunities, such as a weekend hackathon, to develop a solution and gain credit or prizes.

These experiences will enhance collaborative thinking across disciplines, foster new perspectives of thinking, and enhance our culture of innovation across campus.

Study Abroad

All business school students have the opportunity to live and learn on international soil, deepening their understanding and appreciation of different cultures and traditions.

Studying abroad to experience how business is done in another country has long been a core component of our school. But in the new School of Business, more students will participate, as more funding will be available to provide these life-changing experiences. 

Whether in Spain or Singapore, our students are learning lessons that can't be gleaned from a book. 

students in Peru

Study Abroad Program Introduces Students to Doing Business in Peru
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Larsen Leaders Academy Immersive Trips

Our Larsen Leaders Academy is a community for our most motivated students and provides enhanced leadership training. Many of the activities academy students participate in earn them credit toward a Larsen Leadership Certificate. The certificate's coursework and activities both emphasize experiential learning and team-based consulting. 

Academy students will have the opportunity to take part in transformative experiential learning trips in their sophomore, junior, or senior years. They include:


Students visiting Gettysburg


Participants study historical leaders on the very grounds where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address and are put in situations similar to those faced by military leaders during the decisive battle of the Civil War.

Students visit NASA Mission Control


At Cape Canaveral or the Kennedy Space Center, students learn from pilots and astronauts about decision-making and risk. They discover the leadership qualities of Purdue’s 27 astronauts, as well as alum Sully Sullenberger, who guided a commercial jet to an emergency landing on the Hudson River.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

During this trip to California, students learn about the need for credibility and courage that leaders possess. Participants experience vulnerability as they brave the wilderness with alumni and corporate partners.

Kent Vaccaro in his Indy Car

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Purdue has a long and storied relationship with auto racing, including several links to the world’s most famous course. Here students are exposed to leadership positions within the motorsports and automotive industries.

Learning occurs inside and outside the classroom. Our new School of Business will provide students with an even wider menu of options to apply their classroom knowledge, enjoying both success and failure along the way as they prepare to embark on their business careers.

redefining the preparation of business leaders

Purdue is creating the future with our new School of Business.
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