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Program Purpose

The Historically Black Institution (HBI) Visitation Program was established by the Graduate School in 1988 as a recognition of the need for increasing the enrollment of students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The purpose of the HBI program is to provide an opportunity for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to visit Purdue University and subsequently consider enrollment.

The intent of the program is to:

  • Encourage undergraduate students from HBIs to pursue a graduate education.
  • Make students aware of the many career opportunities available at Purdue.
  • Establish ties between faculty and students on the Purdue University campus and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Increase minority graduate enrollment on the Purdue University campus.

The result of the program has been to increase our awareness of challenges facing students who matriculate at large, majority institutions.

The HBI Visitation Program has already served as a model program for other institutions across the nation. The positive results of the program have been realized because of the Graduate School's leadership and our personal commitment to Purdue's goal of equal opportunity for all.