New Student Orientation


. . . on your admissions to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We are happy to learn that you have decided to attend Purdue University to obtain your graduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. We are proud of our graduate program here, and your Purdue degree will serve you well as you pursue your career goals.

New Student Orientation  August 12-16, 2019

Classes for the Fall 2019 semester begin on
Monday, August 19, 2019


This web site is designed to help answer your many questions. The following are links to help guide you through the site.

All new students will be required to attend the MANDATORY Orientation Session on Monday, August 12th at 8:30 AM in the EE Building, Room 170.

This program will help you become acquainted with Purdue University, and with the ECE School in particular.

See the New Student Orientation Agenda for more information.

If possible, plan to arrive in West Lafayette a few days before check-in begins so that you have time to settle in. Please feel free to stop by the ECE Graduate Office (MSEE Building-Room 140) as soon as possible to introduce yourself and to pick up a new student packet of materials. Our normal hours are 8:00 -- 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 -- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


ALL funded students (teaching assistants, research assistants, and fellows) must attend a payroll orientation session. Please click the link below to view dates, times and the location of the sessions.

Payroll Sessions

New Teaching Assistants and Fellows:

If your first language is not English, you are required to take the OEPT test administered by the Purdue Department of English. If you are a new International TA, this MUST be done during orientation week so that you are English certified to be a teaching assistant. (See the Graduate Office for your schedule.)  International students who scored 27 or higher on the Speaking portion of the TOEFL are English certified.


Our web site contains many documents to help you in planning your graduate studies. Here is a partial listing:


ISS Fall 2018 Orientation

Please refer to the International Student and Scholars website for orientation sessions and other important information for new international students. 


A great resource for newly admitted graduate students. Learn more about our program, how to survive graduate school, as well as practical information about the Lafayette area.

Current Student Directory


The Exponent

Journal and Courier

Weather Underground

Lafayette Visitor Information

Maps and Travel Information

CityBus of Greater Lafayette

Lafayette Limo Schedule


Matt Golden, Graduate Programs Director

Elisheba Van Winkle, Graduate Program Assistant

We look forward to seeing you in August. If the ECE Graduate Office can help in any way in the mean time, please do not hesitate to contact us.