Purdue Engineering GradTrack

Get on the track to graduate school with this free, online, and interactive program!

The application deadline for undergraduate students will be April 12, 2023. Check back in Mid-March for the 2023 application and/or sign up for the mailing list below to be notified when it opens!

About GradTrack:

GradTrack is an online program that prepares underrepresented undergraduate students (sophomore to seniors) from any U.S. institution for Graduate School. As a GradTrack Scholar, you are expected to attend 8 online meetings between August and December and participate in related assignments. Meetings will be on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You will have exclusive networking with current Purdue Graduate Students and the opportunity for a free visit to Purdue's campus. Whether you are applying to graduate school or summer research opportunities, you will finish the program with completed documents for a competitive application. See additional details below.




  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Member of an underrepresented minority group in engineering (including but not limited to Hispanic, Black or African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander)
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. institution with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering.
  • GPA 3.0/4.0 or greater

Undergraduate Application Process:

Application Deadline: April 12, 2023

Mentor Application Process:

Current Graduate Students at Purdue, apply to be a GradTrack mentors.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2023

GradTrack Timeline:

April 22, 2022: Application deadline.

May 2022: GradTrack Scholars notified of their acceptance into the program

Summer 2022: Meet the mentors, participate in an online chat, and receive your first assignment.

August 2022: GradTrack live online meetings begin. Check back as specific program meeting dates are added!

GradTrack Online Meeting Times: All meetings will be held online using Zoom on Monday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Check your time zone against Purdue here (West Lafayette, IN Time Zone).

Program Details:

GradTrack meetings will include short presentations, small-group discussions with your graduate student mentors, and assignments that will help you prepare to apply for graduate school and/or summer research programs. Topics include:

  • Writing your Statement of Purpose; Defining your Motivation for Graduate Study
  • Understanding the Application Process for Graduate School and/or Summer Research Programs
  • Understanding Funding Opportunities for Graduate School and/or Summer Research Programs
  • Talking with Faculty
  • Evaluating Funding and Acceptance Offers
  • Handling Rejection and Imposter Syndrome
  • Interviewing for Graduate Programs or Summer Research Programs
  • Choosing an Advisor- Having a Good Relationship with your Advisor
  • Transitioning to Graduate School/Summer Research
  • And More!

Selected participants will also have the opportunity to visit Purdue's campus as part of a planned visitation.

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to network and learn. We look forward to receiving your application soon!


Contact us at engrgrad@purdue.edu

The GradTrack Scholars program is being managed and run by the Purdue University College of Engineering Graduate Education Team.