You’re probably aware that classes for Purdue Polytechnic locations outside of West Lafayette are leaving IU campuses to create an even better, all-Purdue learning experience. This new, Purdue-exclusive education has more benefits for you than the previous, joint-campus setting.
Here are just a few advantages:
- All courses required for graduation with a Purdue degree will be offered by Purdue Polytechnic as Purdue courses.
- Purdue Polytechnic will follow a Purdue-approved tuition and fee structure, featuring costs that will be lower than IU’s current regional campus tuition and fees.
- Polytechnic students will register via a single registration process.
- Polytechnic students will not need to learn their way around a separate, unconnected campus.
- Polytechnic students taking online courses will not need to juggle separate scholastic calendars.
- Implementing general education courses at the Polytechnic campuses enables all Polytechnic students, regardless of location, the opportunity to pursue the Purdue Cornerstone Certificate.
- New classrooms will be designed from the ground up, with the Polytechnic’s hands-on curriculum in mind.
This Purdue-exclusive environment can even benefit future Boilermakers.
Current students might not realize it, but they will benefit from a tuition freeze that Purdue established in 2012. Establishing a Purdue-exclusive campus enables our college to continue this affordable education opportunity to future Boilermakers.
Therefore, on behalf of the next generation of learners to your campus, thank you for being a Boilermaker.
Associate dean, Purdue Polytechnic Statewide, and associate professor
Q Why is the Polytechnic separating from IU campuses?
A There are many ways that separating from IU campuses will benefit Polytechnic students, including:
- A new tuition and fee structure that will feature costs lower than IU’s current regional campus tuition and fees.
- New classrooms, which have been designed especially for the Polytechnic’s hands-on curriculum.
- A single, streamlined class registration process.
- All classes at a single location or available online.
- Following a single scholastic calendar.
- The opportunity for all Polytechnic students, regardless of location, to pursue the Purdue Cornerstone Certificate.
- The opportunity for all Polytechnic students, regardless of location, to integrate the humanities and learning-in-context techniques into their classes.
Q What Polytechnic locations does the separation affect?
A Purdue Polytechnic locations in Kokomo, Richmond and South Bend will relocate to new facilities that will be designed and equipped for the college’s hands-on, lab-intensive approach to learning. Students enrolled in the Polytechnic’s Columbus and New Albany locations have already benefited from their moves to new facilities.
Q I’ve heard that tuition and fees will decrease when Purdue separates from IU; is that true?
A Yes! Purdue Polytechnic’s locations outside of West Lafayette will implement a Purdue-approved tuition and fee structure, featuring lower costs to students than IU’s current regional campus tuition and fees.
Q How much will classes cost at Purdue Polytechnic locations?
A Beginning fall 2020, Polytechnic locations in Anderson, Columbus, Kokomo, Lafayette, New Albany, Richmond and South Bend will implement a common, Purdue-approved fee structure. For example, a student taking five 3-credit courses (15 credits total) will pay $3,492 (tuition plus a technology fee). Some courses will also have an additional lab fee.
Q What other fees should students expect?
A Some courses have a laboratory fee of $70.85 to cover the cost of materials. There are no parking fees and no extra fees for distance education courses.
Q Where will Polytechnic students purchase textbooks?
A Students may purchase textbooks online from Follett’s, Amazon, or any online source that offers the best price.
Q Will Polytechnic students be allowed to take elective classes on IU’s regional campuses? Will IU students be allowed to take elective classes at Polytechnic locations?
A Yes. If an elective course is not available at their own location, Polytechnic students may take that course at an IU regional campus. Likewise, IU students are welcome to take elective courses at a Polytechnic campus. Students will apply to the neighboring institution as a non-degree student, pay separately for that course, and then transfer the credit back to their home campus.
Good to know: All courses that are required for graduation with a Purdue degree will be offered at Polytechnic locations.