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Student Experiences

With the Larsen Leaders Academy

LLA Learning Community and Residential Program

LLA students are admitted into the Larsen Leaders Academy Learning Community. You will have the option of joining the live-in portion of our learning community. Although not required, it’s a great opportunity to get to know other LLA students and develop a strong cohort.

Students from this learning community reside in Freida Parker Hall, which offers suite and semi-suite style units. Click here to apply to live with the learning community.

Regardless of your living arrangement, all LLA Learning Community students will participate in a shared classroom through MGMT 11000 (Introduction to Management and Information Strategies) and MGMT 29500 (Professional Career Management), where you will learn the basics of the science of management as you start your professional development.

Other activities include a welcome conference, career fair workshop, study abroad fair and guest speakers. It’s all to provide the tools you’ll need to be a valued and effective leader.

Immersion Trips

Larsen Leaders Academy students in good standing will have the opportunity to enroll in unforgettable transformative experiential learning trips in their sophomore, junior or senior years. They include:

  • Gettybsurg—Led by academic program director Brad Alge, students and faculty study historical leaders on the very grounds where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Students will be put in situations similar to those faced by military leaders during the decisive battle of the Civil War.
  • NASA—You’ll visit Cape Canaveral or the Kennedy Space Center and learn from pilots and astronauts about leadership, risk and decision making. You’ll discover the leadership qualities of Purdue’s 27 astronauts, including Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, the first and last men to walk on the moon, as well as alum Sully Sullenberger, who guided a commercial jet to an emergency landing on the Hudson River.
  • World War II Leadership—This European trip allows students to learn about the great leaders, strategies and tactics that won the war. You’ll discover the humility, humanity and courage needed from the very locations where those decisions were made.
  • Yosemite National Park—During this trip to California, you’ll learn about the need for credibility and courage that leaders possess. You’ll experience vulnerability as you brave the wilderness with alumni and corporate partners.
  • Innovative Leadership—Leaders must be able to think quickly on their feet and adapt to changing situations. You’ll develop cognitive flexibility and agility by studying improvisation from creative actors at the Lafayette Civic Theatre.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway—Purdue has a long and storied relationship with auto racing, including several links to the world’s most famous course. Here you’ll be exposed to leadership positions within the motorsports and automotive industries.

Transformational Experiences Grant

You can be awarded up to $1,000 to build your own dream. Some opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • traveling to a national conference in New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago to network with professionals in your field
  • enjoying a study abroad experience
  • getting involved with a faculty-directed student research project

There’s almost no end to the possibilities of what you can do! Apply for a Transformational Experiences Grant. For more information, contact Steve Shelby, director of the Larsen Leaders Academy. View the Larsen Leaders Academy Transformational Experience Grant Guidelines

Applications for the Academic Year 2023-2024 will be accepted August 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023.

Below are two videos from past recipients of the LLA Transformational Experiences Grant that showcase the types of opportunities you can engage in.



Leadership Certificate

Many of the activities you will participate in as an LLA student will gain credit toward a Larsen Leadership Certificate, which will be noted on your official academic transcript. You can pursue the certificate through one of three tracks:

  • Leadership Skills, where you will develop a wide range of abilities, from negotiation tactics to change management
  • Leadership Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a partnership with Purdue’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship that will hone your skills to innovate, lead through uncertainty and manage risk
  • Project Leadership, where students will learn the nuances of working in teams to achieve successful outcomes

Through 14 credit hours of coursework and extracurriculars including case competitions, immersive experiences, internships and mentoring, you’ll develop skills that allow you to deliver real solutions to senior executive teams before you graduate, bringing your resume alive for recruiters.

Other Experiences

The Larsen Leaders Academy offers several experiential learning opportunities that will complement, but not interfere with, your coursework.

  • Case Competitions—These exercises bring students together to solve a case, forcing you to use teamwork, critical thinking and organizational skills to develop a presentation in front of judges or corporate sponsors. In addition to giving you exposure to working under pressure, the competitions enhance your professionalism while they allow you to bring your classroom learning into real-world applications.
  • Mentorship Programs—You can become a mentor or mentee through the Larsen Academy Mentor Program, or LAMP. Through group dinners and one-on-one meetings with other students and alumni, you’ll receive guidance through your Krannert career.
  • Study Abroad—Learn about other cultures and business practices as you earn academic credit outside the United States.
  • Consulting Work—You’ll have the ability to form cross-functional teams to solve client problems. One example is the Boilermaker Consulting Group, which includes management and engineering students to solve STEM-related client problems.