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Why should you take a summer course? Here are the top five reasons.

  1. Save time: Half of Purdue undergraduate students who graduate in four years or less have taken at least one summer course. Also, taking electives over the summer opens up your fall and spring semesters to complete your core requirements quickly. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, summer courses will shorten the number of years to complete your degree.
  2. Quick credits: Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks but you can choose summer modules that are just four, eight or twelve weeks. Pick up class credit and spend less time doing it.
  3. Get a head start: If you’re an incoming freshman, you can get a jump start on classes prior to the start of fall semester with the Summer Start session. Cross off two of your core curriculum requirements and earn a total of 7 college credits during this five week session. Start your freshman year off strong with the tools and resources you’ll need. Contact RECRUITER (, teacher education recruiter, for more details.
  4. Lower student/teacher ratio: Fewer people on campus over the summer means fewer people taking classes. That means more personal attention from the professor for you! AND parking is abundant!
  5. Experience Greater Lafayette: Stick around over the summer and you’ll find lots of things to do—festivals, farmers markets, live music, parks and recreation, and more. You’ll have time to experience all that our vibrant community has to offer. See the Visit Lafayette/West Lafayette website for details on all that’s happening this summer.

Teachers and administrators get ahead: As a K-12 teacher or school administrator, you need continuing education credits. Summer is the time of year to cross that off of your list and we offer a wide variety of courses.

College of Education Summer Courses

Find more courses to take on the Think Summer page.

Are you an incoming freshman? Consider Purdue’s Early Start program!
Learn more about switching your entry term from fall to summer to take classes on-campus or online.

So you’d like to take a summer course? Now what?


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