Newly Admitted Students

Admissions Process

The admissions process is four-part:

  1. First, the Engineering Education Graduate Committee will notify successful applicants that they are recommended for admission to the Graduate School.

  2. Second, while the Graduate School is reviewing our recommendation, faculty you identified in your application or who are interested in funding you will have two weeks to contact you and learn more about your interests. You are welcome to contact faculty on your own during this time. At the end of this period, the Graduate Coordinator will follow up to ask if you have any preferences, or if the preferences identified on your application have changed. 

  3. Third, you are not officially admitted to Purdue University until you have received your official letter from the Graduate School. If you do not receive the Graduate School letter three to four weeks after your Engineering Education letter, please contact the Engineering Education Graduate Coordinator.

  4. Finally, once you have been officially admitted, you will receive a letter either offering funding or identifying an advisor who will help you get started in the program. Your deadline for accepting or declining this offer is April 15. An early response, however, would be helpful to us in planning for the coming year. 

Once you have decided to join us, you may start preparing for your arrival at Purdue (see Getting Oriented).


Registering for Courses

One of your first tasks after arriving on campus is to register for your first semester. You will register for most courses through the electronic system called Self Service Banner (SSB), through your myPurdue portal.

Your Purdue ID (PUID) is found on the second page of your admission letter from the Graduate School. Once you receive it, you may set up your Purdue Career Account.

During orientation you will be also given your Purdue login for setting up your Purdue email account.

Prior to or during orientation, you are encouraged to contact your advisor to determine the courses you will be taking. New full-time students typically take the following courses: 

  • Engineering Education Seminar (1 cr)
  • Engineering Education Research Seminar (0 cr)
  • Engineering Education Inquiry (3 cr)
  • History and Philosophy of Engineering Education (3 cr)

Students may take other courses, but they are encouraged to take these courses in their first fall term. If you are a part-time student, you should discuss which courses make the most sense for your needs and scheduling constraints. 

To explore course options, consider the following resources


Student Insurance and Health

Immunization Requirements and Records: Phone: 765-494-1837 - Fax: 765-494-1836

Purdue University offers a Graduate Student Health Plan through the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH). PUSH (765-496-3998) should be your main source of medical care.

  • Doctor's appointments are free ($15 for labs or X-rays), and referrals are available.

  • Use the Purdue Pharmacy. The copay for generics is $15 and, for brand-name prescriptions, $20. If you use other pharmacies, the copay is $20 for generics and $40 for brand-name prescriptions.

The annual cost of insurance for a single graduate staff student (i.e., teaching assistant or research assistant with a 50% appointment) is, as of 9-28-11, $415. (That figure reflects an 80% subsidy by Purdue University.) Additional coverage for a spouse and other dependents is available, but without the University subsidy. Call PUSH at 765-496-3998 to inquire about the premium costs for your dependents.

If you lose your funding:

  • The buy-in to keep your insurance is $138 per month. Call PUSH at 765-496-3998 ASAP so there is no break in your coverage.

If you have a fiscal-year (FY) appointment:

  • Your insurance cost is deducted from your check each month over the 12-month period.

If you have an academic-year (AY) appointment:

  • Your annual insurance cost is deducted in equal payments from each of your eight monthly checks so that you will be covered during the summer.



If you are an international applicant, you must fill out the Notification of Intent (NOI) form and return it to the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). If you have received funding from our school, please include a copy of your funding letter with your NOI before returning it. If you have not received funding from us, you will need to provide proof of funds with your NOI. This can simply be a bank statement or a letter from whoever may be providing your support. Those documents will also need to be returned with your NOI to the ISS office.

If you have any questions about ISS procedures, contact ISS. Once the ISS office has processed your paperwork, they will mail you your I-20 or IAP-66, which you can then use to obtain your visa.


Funding Your Studies

Many of our graduate students are supported on assistantships that remit tuition and pay a  monthly stipend. In exchange for the assistantships, students are assigned to work 20 hours a week with faculty to assist with research projects or instructional activities. These assistantships are competitively awarded based upon the material supplied in the student's application (statements, reference letters, transcripts, and standardized tests scores).

Each year, assistantship offers are made to high-quality students whose applications closely match our research and teaching needs. Although grades and standardized test scores are important, a student's research interest, statement of purpose, and reference letters often play the most important role in deciding which students receive assistantships.

If you have been offered a fellowship:

  • The initial advisor listed in your fellowship offer letter is available to answer any questions or discuss your funding options.

  • See the Graduate Student Employment Manual for a description of your rights and responsibilities as a fellowship recipient.

If you have been offered an assistantship:

  • See the Graduate Student Employment Manual for a description of your rights and responsibilities as a fellowship recipient.

If you have not been offered an assistantship and would like to be considered for one, several options are 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 and academic units at Purdue also offer assistantships to students who have been accepted to Engineering Education. You are encouraged to explore those options.