Straight A’s are great…

but they’re only one part of the path to student success.

Parents know that on-the-job experience and life skills are as important as what students learn in books during the important college years. Purdue Calumet is a national leader in the field of experiential education, which recognizes the value of getting students out of the classroom to apply what they’ve learned in the real world. All students, beginning with those enrolling in Fall 2008, are required to complete at least two Experiential Learning courses. That’s a formal term for getting college credit to work at a structured role in the student’s field of study, complete an internship or special project, study abroad, volunteer in the community or participate in a variety of other approved programs.

It’s just one more way Purdue Calumet gives your child a competitive advantage.

How will Experiential Learning benefit me as the parent of a Purdue University Calumet student?
You’ll know your student is learning through experience as part of his or her competitive Purdue degree. Because the University and our faculty have partnered with area businesses, nonprofit organizations, service groups and other potential employers, in many cases the workplace partnership is helping develop the community as well as the student.

How do I get more information?
Contact us at (219) 989-8350, or We will be happy to share more information about ways experiential education will add to your student’s college experience.