Direct Admit

Krannert's new Direct Admit program allows top incoming freshmen to enroll in accelerated classes, attend professional workshops and live in learning communities with others who share their major. (Photo by Mark Simons)

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Top undergrads get an early start managing their college experience

Krannert’s Direct Admit Program for incoming freshmen is another reason top high school students are choosing Purdue.

“Our direct admits are amazing high-ability, high-achieving students,” says Debbi Bearden, coordinator of Management Honors and Direct Admit programs. “They bring tremendous energy and insight to Krannert. These students take classes together, form study groups and participate in leadership events with top faculty and staff. The Direct Admit Program showcases Krannert at its best.”

The program gives students unique opportunities to enroll in accelerated classes, attend professional workshops and live in learning communities with others who share their major. But from the very first day at Purdue, the program focuses on welcoming students into the Krannert community.

The sudden change of being on their own at college can be unsettling for students, even with the help of orientation programs like Boiler Gold Rush, or BGR. “For me, personally, it was kind of scary at BGR. I didn’t know anybody,” says Matt Bauke, a direct admit freshman and management major.

But the Direct Admit Program and learning communities allow students to make social connections in addition to study buddies. “It allows you to meet people in your own major. You’re networking as soon as you get here,” Bauke says. “One of my best friends is in my learning community. He and I pledged the same fraternity.”

This fall, direct admit students will be matched with student mentors to further ease the transition from high school to college. Both groups of students will grow from the experience.

“Direct admits will be exposed to Krannert student life much earlier than the typical freshman with guidance from fellow Krannert students who have recently gone through the process of preparing for upper-division courses, internships and adjusting to college life in general,” says Christine Jackson, associate professor of management.

Student mentors, Krannert juniors and seniors, will develop leadership and coaching skills in OBHR 390, a class taught by Jackson. They will learn about the mentoring process from guest speakers, experiential exercises and outside class activities.

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