Shadow a Student

Find out what it's really like to be a Purdue student. Most Purdue colleges/schools offer student shadowing opportunities as described below. 

(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.)



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Phone: (765) 494-8470
Email: exp@purdue.edu

The College of Agriculture can arrange a student shadowing experience with one of their student ambassadors during the school year. Contact the Office of Academic Programs at least two weeks in advance.

Phone: (765) 494-2345
Email: stephanieross@purdue.edu

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.

Phone: (765) 494-3975
Email: future- engineers@purdue.edu

While the College of Engineering does not offer an official student shadowing program, current Engineering students are available on a walk-in basis to meet with prospective engineering students. The Office of Future Engineers (OFE) Welcome Center is located in Armstrong Hall, Room 1085, and is open Monday-Friday (excluding University holidays and class breaks) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Time).  Please contact OFE for more information at the email or phone number listed above.

Phone: (765) 494-8533
Email: hhsundergrad@purdue.edu

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 Science; Health & Kinesiology; Health Sciences; Hospitality & Tourism Management; Human Development and Family Studies; Nursing; Nutrition Science; 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.

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Phone: (765) 494-1688

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.

Phone: (765) 494-6291
Email: newstudent@purdue.edu

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.

Phone: (765) 494-1357
Email: oss@pharmacy.purdue.edu

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.

Phone: (765) 494-4935
Email: techrecruit@purdue.edu

While the Purdue Polytechnic does not offer an official student shadowing program the Recruitment, Retention and Diversity Office located in Knoy Hall, Room 150, is open Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Time). Please call in advance to schedule an appointment. We also offer presentations and tours on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30pm. Please contact our office for more information at the email or phone number listed above.

Phone: (765) 494-1771
Email: ScienceRecruiting@purdue.edu

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.

Phone: (765) 494-0843
Email: exploratory@purdue.edu

The Exploratory Studies Program (EP) at Purdue does not have an official student shadowing program. However, EP does have dedicated advisors and student ambassadors who are able to speak with prospective students about the EP experience.

Phone: (765) 494-7619
Email: vettech@purdue.edu

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.

Phone: (765) 494-2106
Email: clarkrt@purdue.edu

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.

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