Finding an environment and culture that is right for you is one of the most important factors to consider during your college search. To help you make the most of your college visits, at Purdue or elsewhere, we would like to give you a few tips. Here at Purdue we feel it is important for students to Learn It, Live It, Love It and this begins with your campus visit.
Your college visit should help to answer most of your questions. Here are our suggested “Things to Learn on your College Visit”:
- Majors Offered – Is there something else offered at that University/College that you might be interested without having to transfer somewhere else?
- Student Life – What is the student life and culture like? Are there student organizations, musical groups, sports, etc.
- Campus Culture – Is the campus academically collaborative or competitive? Are students encouraged to work in teams or groups to succeed or is are students focusing on their own success?
- Support System – what systems are in place to support student success? Do they have learning communities, help rooms, tutoring, or are faculty available to student?
- Experiential Learning – What opportunities do students have to participate in Internships/CoOps, Research, or International Programs? Are any of these opportunities paid or for credit? Are students working on projects in the classroom? If so, what are some examples?
Just as important as what to learn during your visit is how to live the visit experience; which is why when you visit can make a difference. To help here are some things to consider when scheduling:
What time of year is it?Time of year can make a difference.
Visiting during the Summer might be the most convenient time but you will probably see more construction zones than current students or classrooms and labs in operation. Here at Purdue most Engineering Students are off campus working at internships during the summer. Spring and Fall are the most beautiful times to visit Purdue and when you will see the most students out and about enjoying the campus outdoors.
What about Saturday?
Most colleges do not hold Saturday classes so there is very little to see as classroom and labs are dark. Also, since there are no classes there are typically no students on the academic part of campus making it difficult to get a sense of the culture or community. For these reasons the College of Engineering does not offer Saturday visits.
Is your school out for spring break or a holiday?
Chances are many other schools across the country are out too. Please keep this in mind when scheduling your college visits as there will be more guests on your tours than if you choose to visit on an off peak day.
Loving a campus might seem like a strong word, but when looking to spend the next 4 years at the college/university it’s important to love the place and its people. The best ways to find out if you love the campus is to participate in events and programs that have been carefully planned by the college/university, have lunch where the students eat, talk to as many students as possible which includes student tour guides and those sitting at the table next to you.
We believe that Purdue could be the right fit for you, but don't take our word for it¬– come and check it out for yourself!
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CAMPUS VISIT PROGRAMS
To help you Learn, Live and Love your visit to Purdue University, the Office of Admissions and the Office of Future Engineers are dedicated to providing the best visit opportunities possible through a variety of on campus visits throughout the year. There is a visit experience to fit almost everyone’s needs. When it comes to scheduling your exceptional campus visit we recommend the following:
- Full-day Events. The Office of Admissions sponsors several full-day events on campus throughout the year. Each of these events includes an opportunity to hear from the specific college(s) students are interested in. For more information please check out the Admitted Student Events or the Prospective Student Events on the Admission’s website.
Create Your Own Visit. If the full-day event days don’t work with your schedule, is already full, or if you are looking for something a bit more unique, then here is a customizable suggestion:
8:30am Admission’s Daily Visit & Campus Tour 11:30am Engineering Information Session & Facility Tour 1:00pm Lunch at a Dining Court 2:00pm Optional Visit Opportunities – See other opportunities
Engineering Information Session (EIS) & Facility Tour
Learn more Purdue Engineering by attending the interactive Engineering Information Sessions (EIS). This hour long session is provided weekdays and co-led by a member of our recruitment team and current students. The session includes information on: Engineering Majors, First-Year Engineering, Internships/Coops/Research Opportunities, Student Life, Global Programs, and more. Review availability of EIS sessions and register today!
Please note that space may be limited so pre-registration is required for the Full-day events, Daily Visit, and Engineering Information Session. Registration forms and links to further information about these programs can be found below. For information about traveling to campus, visit our Maps, Directions and Transportation page.
Admission’s Daily Visit & Campus Tour
Learn more about Purdue University by attending the Office of Admission’s Daily Visit Session and Tours. The session and tours, offered weekdays and Saturdays during the academic year, will provide a general overview of Purdue. Registration is required and can be made through the Office of Admissions website.