New Students

Welcome to the Center for Learning and Academic Success! CLAS advisors assist students who are undeclared majors or have yet to meet the prerequisites for acceptance into an academic major.  We are pleased to help you realize your academic potential and your career goals.

What’s Next?

1.    Take the math placement test online **ASAP**. You must complete the math placement test before you attend New Student Orientation.   Most people need some brush up on their math skills, so we recommend that you visit or for a quick refresher before you take the test.    Your score will determine placement in the appropriate math course which can expedite acceptance into your intended major.  Please take this test seriously!

Math placement testing is administered online using ALEKS.  Please plan to take the ALEKS math placement test as early as possible upon admission so that you have time to retake the test, if needed.  You are expected to follow the Purdue University Calumet Honor Code – dishonesty or cheating is unacceptable.   To take ALEKS, log in through the myPUC portal (link opens in this window) – or directly access the ALEKS link ALEKS (link opens in this window) –  using the login and password on your admission letter.  Please allow about 2 hours for the test.

PLEASE NOTE: If you test into MA02100, Beginning Algebra, please be aware that this course is no longer offered at Purdue Calumet.  Students are advised to use the tutorials in ALEKS and retest (within 6 weeks from your original test date) to improve placement test results.

If you have been notified that you also need to complete the English Placement test, you can take it in the Testing Center in Lawshe 118 on a walk-in basis.  Please bring your student ID number (located on your admission letter) and a photo ID.  Learn more about placement testing (link opens in this window) and Testing Center hours.

2.    Review the Purdue Calumet Academic Catalog.  The catalog is your guide to major options, required courses, course descriptions, and graduation policies.

3.    Students in the Center for Learning and Academic Success will be pre-registered in a block schedule of core classes their first semester (see sample below).  A block schedule groups your first-semester courses together and is designed to give new students the foundational courses they’ll need to be successful.  We have reserved for you a schedule with the best times and professors. Most classes meet mornings and/or afternoons.

If you cannot attend during the day or if you anticipate having AP or dual credit for any of these courses, please let us know.  Call (219) 989-2339 or email us at

ENGL 10400 (or appropriate English course placement) English Composition I 3
GNS 10300 Introduction to Higher Ed – Freshman Year Experience 3
COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech 3
MA 11500 (or appropriate math course placement) Intermediate Algebra 3


4.    Attend New Student Orientation where you will connect with other new students, become familiar with the Purdue Calumet campus, meet academic advsiors, and receive your class schedule.  Confirm your attendance for New Student Orientation by going online to New Student Orientation (link opens in this window) or by calling (219) 989-2358.

Contact the Center for Learning and Academic Success at (219) 989-2339 if you have any questions about the registration process.   We look forward to meeting you at New Student Orientation and helping you achieve your academic goals at Purdue Calumet.