Find out what it's really like to be a Purdue student. Most Purdue colleges/schools offer student shadowing opportunities as described below. If the academic program in which you are interested does not offer a shadowing opportunity, you may still arrange to attend a class (with a student or on your own) through the Office of Admissions.
(Unless otherwise noted, use the contact information at the top of the college/school listing for more information or to schedule a shadow experience. Please note the advance notice required for the respective shadowing programs.)
College of Agriculture
The College of Agriculture can arrange a student shadowing experience with one of their student ambassadors. Contact the Office of Academic Programs at least two weeks in advance.
College of Education
The College of Education Ambassadors invite prospective students to a Become A Teacher shadowing experience. Please contact the College of Education at least two weeks in advance of your visit to campus.
College of Engineering
While the College of Engineering does not offer an official student shadowing program, Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF) members are available on a walk-in basis to meet with prospective engineering students. The PSEF office, located in the Civil Engineering Building, Room G216B, is open between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday-Friday (excluding holidays and class breaks). The phone number for this office is (765) 496-7733.
College of Health and Human Sciences
The College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) offers an informal student shadowing experience with the HHS Ambassadors. Prospective or admitted students should contact HHS at least one week in advance to set up an appointment with an academic advisor and to meet an HHS ambassador in one of the following academic units: Consumer Sciences and Retailing; Foods & Nutrition; Health & Kinesiology; Hospitality & Tourism Management; Human Development and Family Studies; Psychological Sciences; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. We will customize your visit to sit in on a class, tour a laboratory or just chat with a current ambassador.
School of Health Sciences
Prospective students interested in shadowing a student in the School of Health Sciences should contact an advisor at least one week in advance of a visit to campus. Students will be able to sit in on a class and visit with a current Health Sciences student. Best time to shadow is in the morning.
College of Liberal Arts
Contact the Liberal Arts Student Recruitment Office to schedule a personalized visit, which can include shadowing a current student, meeting with academic professionals, touring facilities, and sitting in on courses. Contact our office at least two weeks in advance to schedule.
Krannert School of Management
The Krannert School of Management offers student shadowing opportunities in which visiting students can attend a class with a current student ambassador or tour the school's facilities. Contact the School of Management at least one week in advance to schedule.
College of Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy does not have an official student shadowing program. Pharmacy advisors and staff can meet with prospective students to discuss the expectations of the pharmacy program, admissions policies, and student experiences.
College of Science
The College of Science offers an informal student shadowing program. Prospective students should contact the College of Science at least one week in advance to set up a shadowing experience. The prospective student will be paired with an ambassador from the College of Science and will have the opportunity to attend classes and spend time with a student ambassador. Also, when Purdue is in session, current science students are available to meet with prospective Purdue students on a walk-in basis, 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.
College of Technology
The College of Technology offers an informal student shadowing program during the fall semester only. Prospective or admitted students should contact the College of Technology at least one week in advance to schedule a shadowing experience. Students will be paired with a student ambassador to attend a class, tour a lab if available and spend time with a current student.
Undergraduate Studies Program
The Undergraduate Studies Program (USP) at Purdue does not have an official student shadowing program. However, USP does have dedicated advisors and student ambassadors who are able to speak with prospective students about the USP experience.
Veterinary Technology Program
The Veterinary Technology Program at Purdue does not have an official student shadowing program. Veterinary technology advisors and staff can meet with prospective students to discuss the unique veterinary technology curriculum and student experience.
The Army ROTC offers student shadowing opportunities each Tuesday through Wednesday during the school year. Prospective students can shadow a cadet by contacting the Recruiting and Operations Officer at least two weeks in advance of a campus visit. Students will be assigned a cadet sponsor and will be able to attend the Army ROTC lab, tour campus, and attend physical training the following morning. The program begins at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday and ends Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Overnight accommodations will be provided, and although an overnight stay is not a requirement of the shadowing program, it is encouraged.