Beginning and Ending


It’s not how you begin — but that you finish that’s important.

Many Purdue Agriculture graduates began college at Purdue regional campuses, Vincennes University, or Ivy Tech Community College — but finished their undergraduate degree at West Lafayette.


Purdue Regional Campus

During the 1940s, Purdue established Purdue Calumet, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and North Central regional campuses. Not long after, Purdue Agriculture faculty began commuting to these campuses to teach introductory Agriculture and Forestry classes so students could complete the first two years at these locations.

There were 256 Agriculture and Forestry students at regional campuses in 1970.

93 — Indianapolis

66 — Fort Wayne

51 — Calumet

46 — North Central

In subsequent years, Agriculture and Forestry programs faded from the regional locations, except at Fort Wayne where Pre Agriculture, Pre Forestry, and Pre Veterinary options are currently listed.


Vincennes University

In 1957, Purdue Agriculture and Vincennes University began a cooperative two-year Agriculture transfer program to provide southern Indiana students more access to Purdue Agriculture undergraduate programs.

About 10 to 20 Vincennes University associate degree graduates transfer to the West Lafayette campus each year to complete Purdue Agriculture bachelor’s degree requirements. More than 90 percent of students who transfer earn their degrees.

As with early agriculture instruction at regional campuses, Purdue Agriculture faculty commuted to Vincennes to teach introductory courses for more than 40 years. More recently, the “agricultural transfer courses” have been taught via distance education or by Vincennes faculty with the approval of Purdue Agriculture academic departments.


Pathway to Purdue iconPathway to Purdue

In 2009, the Purdue College of Agriculture and Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette established the “Pathway to Purdue Agriculture” program. Ivy Tech students on the Lafayette campus co-enroll as Purdue Agriculture nondegree students and take courses on both campuses with the goal of earning the Bachelor of Science degree at Purdue.

During the first two years, students take general education courses as fulltime Ivy Tech students and complete at least one course each fall and spring semester at Purdue West Lafayette. With successful completion of pathway program requirements, students may transfer to be fulltime students in the College of Agriculture to complete degrees.

In addition, students at other Ivy Tech campuses may transfer credits in up to eight agriculture courses that are articulated with the Purdue College of Agriculture.

Many good beginnings have led to many good endings.


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