Transition to Graduate School

Welcome to the Purdue University College of Engineering! We are excited you are joining us. To help with your transition to Grad School, we have compiled some tips below. Be sure to also review the rest of the information on this Current Graduate Student website using the right-hand navigation. You will find many helpful resources here!

Welcome to New Graduate Students from Dana Weinstein, Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Five Tips for Transitioning to Graduate School

Graduate Student Panel - Advice for your First Semester

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Additional Resources


COVID-19: This is an unprecedented semester as you begin your graduate study during COVID-19. If you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with the Protect Purdue website, protect.purdue.edu. This is your primary resource for questions and answers related to Purdue’s pandemic policies.

**If you plan to be on campus this fall, make sure you have also completed all necessary items that were outlined in this student health and safety checklist.**

Mentoring Handbook: Start your semester off right with the graduate mentoring handbook. This handbook will assist you and your mentor as you work together to plan your career and professional development. By reading it and jotting down some notes, you will be prepared to get the most out of your graduate school experience.

Additional Contacts: Spend some time exploring this website and visit often as new professional development opportunities and events get posted. Take advantage of the many opportunities you will find in your graduate program, the College of Engineering, and across the University. If you have specific questions, your graduate administrator is often an excellent first contact. You can find their information, as well as links to your graduate program, on our Graduate Majors page. Let's make this a great year!