Purdue Fast Start remains an opportunity

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Mark Evans

Students are in the process of signing up for classes next year at local high schools, while college and post-high school education option visits have been in full swing for many high school juniors.

In 2020, a program called Purdue Fast Start kicked off that provided a means of guaranteed admissions to Purdue University. A website at https://www.admissions.purdue.edu/purduefaststart/ provides full details of the free program, where promising Indiana students have the opportunity to take the first steps toward a Purdue degree with Fast Start.

Purdue’s partnership with Modern States, a philanthropy and online learning program for earning college credit, provides free courses and textbooks online, in addition to vouchers to pay for credit-bearing exams. Passing five courses, the corresponding CLEP exams and meeting Purdue’s standard admissions requirements assures admission into Purdue. The partnership creates opportunities for Indiana students to take giant leaps in their post-high school education plans with a pathway to Purdue University.

To get started earning admission into Purdue, Indiana students can take the Modern States online courses for free. Those who pass a minimum of five corresponding College Board CLEP exams and meet Purdue’s standard admission requirements become Klinsky Scholars, being assured Purdue admission. Links to Modern States and College Board CLEP exams, as well as others, are found with the Purdue Fast Start URL previously shared.

What is the impact of completing the free Purdue Fast Start program, other than earning assured admission to Purdue University? While completing this in high school, the completion of the Modern States five courses and the College Board CLEP exam equates to 15 credit hours, equivalent to one semester, for free -- an $11,000 value for in-state students. But wait, there’s more. One can complete up to 10 Modern States courses and pass the associated CLEP exams to earn $22,000 of value with 30 credit hours, which is typically two semesters or the entire freshman year at Purdue.

Youth who will be entering or are currently in grades 9-11 are strongly encouraged to check out the Fast Start program. Visit https://www.admissions.purdue.edu/purduefaststart/ for a list of next steps and FAQs with clickable links to take your next giant leap.

Visit www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or contact the local Purdue Extension office at 653-8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to ensure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs.

Upcoming Events

April 8 – Extension office closed (all county offices) for solar eclipse

April 8 – ServSafe food manager course and exam in Montgomery County; register at https://cvent.me/zEnyl3 by April 1

April 15 – Supermarket Sweep for Putnam County Pantry Coalition, Greencastle Kroger

April 26 – Artificial Intelligence in Farm Management, noon, register at https://bit.ly/WIAWebinars2024

April 27 – Plant auction, Putnam County Fairgrounds, 9:15 a.m. preview, 10 a.m. auction start

May 1 – Forest measurement and inventory workshop, 6-8 p.m., DePauw Nature Park, register at https://tinyurl.com/PutForest24

May 15 – All 4-H livestock must be enrolled in 4honline, firm deadline

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