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Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects (STEP)


Please click HERE for important information forms. All electronic forms must be completed three weeks prior to your arrival. Those can be found in the link sent in your acceptance email.


During your week in the STEP program, you will be placed on a team of four students with whom you will learn fundamental engineering design skills that you will put to use in a multifaceted engineering design competition. You will attend various demonstrations, engineering lectures, and partake in tours of both Purdue and local engineering companies, all of which will give you the feel of being an engineering student. With this experience you will be able to get a glimpse into what campus life is all about.


The program welcomes all qualified rising High School Seniors (graduating in Spring of 2018) who are considering any engineering discipline as their college major. Ideally, you will have completed three years of high school mathematics and one year of chemistry or physics by the summer of 2017.


STEP 2017 Sessions will be held:

Session 1: July 16th - 22nd
Session 2: July 23rd - 29th
Session 3: July 30th - August 5th

For each week, sessions begin Sunday afternoon and conclude after lunch on Saturday. 

Your registration fee will cover all cost of activities, room and board along with transportation while at camp for the one-week program. Full payment is due two weeks after notice of acceptance and is NON-REFUNDABLE.

  • Regular Registration: $1610.00 (February 1 - April 30, 2017)
  • Late Registration: $1660.00 (After April 30, 2017)

*Need based scholarships for STEP are available. Contact us ( for details once you have submitted your completed STEP application including all standardized test scores.


Campers will be housed on campus sharing a suite-style, air-conditioned room with another STEP participant. Our program does not allow roommate requests. All bed linens in addition to towels and washcloths are provided. 


Transportation to and from Purdue is the responsibility of the participant. Once on campus we will have a shuttle service provided on the day of arrival and departure. All transportation during your stay is provided.


Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included in your registration fee. This starts with Sunday Dinner and ends with Saturday Lunch. Please see the STEP itinerary for a more detailed schedule. Meals will be held at one of Purdue's dining courts. Please use the following links to see more dietary/allergy/nutritional information:

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Engineering takes teamwork to bring creative ideas to life, so during your stay, you’ll be involved in collaborative classroom experiences that will help you develop vital skills you’ll need as an engineer. These skills include creativity, communication, design, and analytical modeling. They will be taught to you by world renowned Purdue faculty member, Purdue engineering Students and guest lecturers throughout the week. Your team’s skills will be put to test as you create and optimize innovative, alternative solutions to your week-long competitive design challenges. 

Participants will select two discipline tours within the College of Engineering (Aeronautics and Astronautics, Agricultural, Biological, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Computer, Industrial, Materials, Mechanical and Nuclear) to help you learn how as a future engineer, you can be involved with solving the complex grand challenges facing our global society. In addition, you will select a local company to visit so you can see first-hand engineering in action.

Ultimately, our goal is to give you a taste of what it is like to “be an engineer” as well as an informal experience of being an engineering student at Purdue. It’s a full and exciting week with your team from Sunday afternoon through lunch on Saturday.

Only you can decide if it’s time to STEP up and become an engineer!



We will continue accepting applications until all of the participant slots have been filled. Since qualified participants are selected on a competitive basis, all portions of the application must be complete, including the Standardized Test Score (i.e.., PSAT, SAT or ACT tests) section, before we will consider you for admittance. If you have not taken the PSAT, SAT or ACT, but plan to do so in the near future, please indicate the date you expect to receive your scores in the space provided. Please note that your application will not be considered complete until all components of your application are received by the STEP program.

You will be notified by email of your entry status after your completed application (this includes test scores) is received and a decision has been made.


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College of Engineering Honors
Purdue University
Potter Engineering Center
500 Central Street, Room 322
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2022
Phone: +1 (765) 494-7217
Fax: (765) 494-6655

*Purdue is not responsible for any cost incurred by cancellation. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.


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