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Purdue Fast Start opportunity

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 new program called Purdue Fast Start kicked off that provides a means of guaranteed admissions to Purdue University.

A website provides full details of the free program, where promising Indiana students have the opportunity to take 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 new opportunities for Indiana students to take giant leaps in their post high school education plans with a new 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 ten Modern State 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 encourage to check out the Fast Start program. Visit for a list of next steps and FAQ’s with clickable links to take your next giant leap.

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