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.
Transformative career prep requires dedicated staff, robust technologies, and school-wide devotion.
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.
Honors College student Eli Coltin has enhanced his classroom learning with internships and research projects.
"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
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.
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.
Study Abroad Program Introduces Students to Doing Business in Peru
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.
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.
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.
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.