Preparing for Graduate School

Summer Research Opportunities

Participate in summer undergraduate research to gain additional experience, and preview life as a graduate student. Learn about various paid opportunities and begin your application today!

Preparing for Graduate School YouTube Playlist

Purdue College of Engineering Graduate Education has numerous recorded resources about Preparing for Graduate School. Please click the link for more information and to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Current Student Testimonials

Learn about current graduate students and their educational journeys in their own words. Read their stories and find out more about their academic backgrounds, accomplishments, and the ways in which they experience Purdue Graduate Engineering!

Transition to Graduate School

Once you have been admitted to your graduate program and are ready to enroll, use these resources to help set yourself up for a successful first semester.

Early Discovery

The goal of the Early Discovery program is to empower promising underrepresented students at the freshman and sophomore levels to pursue research-intensive graduate study. This year the Early Discovery program will be virtual, but we will be just as interactive.

Purdue Engineering Virtual Graduate Showcase

Learn about the many graduate offerings available through Purdue University’s College of Engineering. As the largest engineering college in the Top Ten, our highly ranked programs offer versatile options.

Purdue Engineering 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 during the year and participate in monthly assignments. Meetings are on Monday evenings. You will have exclusive networking with current Purdue Graduate Students and, whether you are applying to graduate school or summer research opportunities, will finish the program with completed documents for a competitive application.