New Graduate Student To-Do List

Welcome to Purdue!  We want to make sure you don't miss a thing as you transition into being a graduate student.  Pay close attention to the calendar, and watch for these things:

  1. Please make sure you have your Purdue Career Account set up (it will ask for your 10 digit PUID number, which is found on your admission letter).
  2. International Students Only – Arrive and check in with International Students and Scholars (ISS).  You must sign up for a WOW! session on-line.  You should have received an email with a link to sign up.  THIS IS REQUIRED.  You will not be issued a Purdue ID card until you attend a WOW! Session.
  3. Report to the Purdue ID Card Office to get your Purdue I.D. (Hovde Hall, ground floor, Room 14)
  4. Access your PIN by visiting
  5. Contact your Temporary Advisor/Major Professor for suggested courses. (can be done by email before arriving)
  6. Register for classes in ME Grad Office. (can be done by email before arriving)  Full-time status requires 8 hours of registration (12 hours, if you are funded).
  7. Attend the Mechanical Engineering New Graduate Student Orientation meetings in August.
  8. Look over the ME Graduate Procedures Manual, and then take a quiz to confirm. You can't register for the next semester until you pass the quiz!
    ME Graduate Procedures Manual (PDF)     • Take the quiz
  9. Have your photo taken by Mike Black! Take advantage of this free service to get a professional headshot, for use in job hunting and academic publicity.
    Dates/times to be announced.
    Please do not wear T-shirts or caps/hats!

Let us know if you have any questions!


ME Graduate Office
585 Purdue Mall (Room 1005)
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-5730