COVID-19 updates for new graduate students

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation, please refer to the following resources:

If you have additional questions after reviewing the information below, please contact Jenny Ricksy (Burke Graduate Program Administrator) or Dulcy Abraham (Burke Graduate Program Chair).

Part 1 of the Civil Engineering Grad Student Orientation (July 21, 2020)

An invitation to complete the first part of the CE Grad Student Orientation was sent to incoming fall 2020 students that have accepted their admission.  The Orientation is online and only accessible using your career account and Purdue email. If you have accepted your admission for fall 2020 and did not receive the invitation, please be sure that your career account and Purdue email are set-up.  You can complete the set-up here: https://www.purdue.edu/apps/account/AccountSetup.  If your account is set-up and you have not received the Civil Engineering Orientation invitation, please let us know as soon as possible.

Townhall Meeting for Incoming Students (July 13, 2020)

We held a Townhall meeting on July 9, 2020 to go over the registration options for fall 2020 and to address any questions our incoming students might have.

You can review the presentation here:

Incoming Grad Student Townhall Presentation (pdf)

A recording of the meeting is also available:

Registration Options for Fall 2020 (July 1, 2020)

Below are options for you to consider related to registration for fall 2020..

Option 1: Start your coursework online

You can begin your coursework online, regardless of your degree objective or track.

  • Purdue has set up an online option for fall 2020.  You can find more information at: https://protect.purdue.edu/students/online-2020/.  You must "opt-in" to this option by July 15, 2020.
  • You can begin this online option part-time or full-time. Full-time online registration does have a reduced tuition rate.
  • All Civil Engineering courses will be available through this online format.

Option 2: Defer your admission

You may defer your admission up to one year from your originally admitted term. Choices for students admitted for Fall 2020 include:

  • Spring 2021 (not available for Professional Masters Students)
  • Fall 2021

International students may defer a second time due to covid-related reasons.

To request a deferral, please send an email to cegrad@purdue.edu, asking for the deferral. Be sure to include the semester you wish to defer to and the reason for your deferral request.

Option 3: Come to campus for in-person classes

For students that choose the on-campus option, courses will be dedensified and your actual on-campus schedule may be rotated to limit the number of students in class at the same time.  Appropriate social distancing will be maintained and you will be required to wear a mask when inside a building.  You do not need to take any additional action for opting-out and registering for on-campus courses.

International student updates (April 13, 2020)

If you are currently in the United States

If you plan to attend graduate school at Purdue for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, we recommend that you do not leave the country. The State Department is currently advising that you will not get a visa to travel back to the U.S. in August.

If you are currently outside the United States

You most likely will not get your visa in time for the fall semester. Do not panic. Below are options for you to consider (if you have already secured commitment from a faculty member to serve as your major professor, we recommend that you discuss options with him or her first).


All students

In the event that the current health crisis does not allow students to come to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, there are several options available as outlined below.


You can defer your admission

You are allowed to defer your admission once and up to one year from your originally admitted term. For example, if you are admitted to Fall 2020, you can defer to Spring 2021, Summer 2021 or Fall 2021. Deferment beyond Fall 2021 requires re-applying to the graduate school.

If you want to defer, accept your offer of admission from the Purdue Graduate School and send your deferral request via email to cegrad@purdue.edu – please specify which semester you would like to defer to. The decision to defer admission to a later semester can be made until August 1, 2020. However, you still would need to accept your offer of admission as directed in your admission letter.


If you do not want to defer your admission

MS Students

We are planning to have an offering of courses available online/remotely for the fall 2020 semester so that you can begin your program. More details will be released as they are available.

PhD Students

We are planning to have an offering of courses available online/remotely for the fall 2020 semester so that you can begin your program. More details will be released as they are available.


Information for Funded Students

Fellowship Offers

If you received a fellowship offer from Purdue but cannot come to campus, we can defer your funding offer to your new start date, no later than Fall 2021. We are exploring options for providing tuition assistance. We cannot provide a salary or stipend while you are outside of the U.S. For students in the U.S., we are putting into place procedures that will allow you to be paid while being located away from campus.

Research Assistant Offers

If you received a research assistant (RA) offer from Civil Engineering but cannot come to campus, it is likely we can defer your funding offer to your new start date. Please contact the professor who made the RA offer. We are exploring options for providing tuition assistance. We cannot provide a salary or stipend while you are outside of the U.S. For students in the U.S., we are putting into place procedures that will allow you to be paid while being located away from campus. You will have to work with the professor who offered the RA position to determine the expectations for working remotely. Civil Engineering currently has RAs who work remotely.

Teaching Assistant Offers

If you received a funding offer that may include teaching assistant (TA) duties from Civil Engineering but cannot come to campus, we may be able to hold your funding to a future semester.  Please contact the professor who made the funding offer. We are exploring options for providing tuition assistance. We cannot provide a salary or stipend while you are outside of the U.S. For students in the U.S., we are putting into place procedures that will allow you to be paid while being located away from campus. You will have to perform the TA duties remotely. Civil Engineering currently has TAs who work remotely.


General Information for Incoming Students

Now that you have decided to attend our program, there are some things that we would like to make your aware of. There are many resources available to you, so please, feel free to explore the information below, the website, or to contact one of the faculty or staff members directly.

I have a question…who do I talk with?

  • If you have a question regarding your funding or the types of classes that you will be taking, please contact the advisor listed on your acceptance letter from the Graduate School.
  • Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for assistance
  • Any other questions should be directed to the CE grad office at cegrad@purdue.edu.

Travel to Purdue and Campus/Community Information

Orientation

Housing

Purdue University offers a list of housing opportunities:

Other housing links:

Fellowship Information

  • General fellowship information can be found at purdue.edu/CE/Funding
  • I have been offered a fellowship, what do I do now?
    • The initial advisor listed in your fellowship offer letter will contact you within 5 days of mailing the offer letter. Please discuss with them any alternate plans that you may have and any questions.
    • When you decide to accept the offer, please submit the signed second page of the letter by email (to cegrad@purdue.edu) or fax (to 765-494-0395).

Assistantship Information

  • If you have been offered an assistantship and would like to know your rights and responsibilities, they can be found in the Graduate Student Employment Manual.
  • If you have not been offered an assistantship and would like to be considered for one, there are several options available to you.
    • Review the faculty members' websites. If you find that a faculty member's research interests closely match your own, you are encouraged to contact that professor.
    • Other colleges at Purdue University also offer assistantships to students that have been accepted to Civil Engineering. Therefore, you are encouraged to review the following school's websites for additional assistantship opportunities outside of Civil Engineering

Registration

  • You may set up your Purdue Career Account before you arrive on campus. Your PUID is found on page two of your admission letter from the graduate school.
  • During orientation week, you will have an area meeting with your advisor to determine the courses that you will be taking.