Office of Future Engineers
2017-2018 Annual Report

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Letter from the Director

It is incredible that another recruitment cycle is in the rearview mirror! Where does the time go? The students we work with remain about 16 to 22 years old and yet we keep getting older! As I creak to another presentation, I have to remind myself that they are what keep us young. How fortunate are we to collaborate year in and year out with amazing young people who are going to change the world for the better? I’ll take that gig every day even though I get a few more gray hairs in my beard.

It has been another record year as far as enrollment – the largest in our history! Over 20,000 applications rolled in this past year. We have 2,343 new first year engineers on our campus. We are very excited as we move closer to our goal of 10,000 undergraduate engineers. Bigger can be better, you can have quantity and quality as Purdue Engineering continues to push the boundaries for excellence in education, research, and real-world engineering experience for our students. I feel better knowing that in the future there will be even more Purdue Engineers creating a stronger infrastructure, protecting our environment, designing products and processes for peoples’ needs, and helping us live longer healthier lives.

These large enrollment numbers don’t just happen. I continue to be proud of our OFE team who embraces quality customer service, creativity, enthusiasm, and fun. Each year we consider how can we meet future students where they are at and how we can provide authentic, excellent customer service. Or as one of our families noted, we’re “honest but not too pushy”! One big change this year is that we shifted our Adopt-Your-State program from an email platform to a text platform, where current students interacted with admitted students via text. This proved to be much more effective than email, as we increased response rates by 25%. Our student office staff also developed and led a brand-new program on campus called Purdue’s Clues! The goal of this program is to make sure that top students from the surrounding counties do not overlook what awesome opportunities are available right here in their back yard in the College of Engineering. We are excited to expand participation in this program in the coming year. We also introduced our new Dean to his first incoming class with a note about why he loves Purdue along with cool stickers of some of his favorite locations and traditions on campus. We continue to ramp up our social media presence and had successful Instagram ”takeovers” in the spring by our student staff. This helped future Boilermakers to get a sense of what studying and living on campus could be like, as well as what future opportunities await them upon graduation.

As always, it takes an entire campus to recruit students. We are truly grateful to all of our remarkable partners across the University including all of the Professional Schools, Office of Admissions, College of Engineering Program offices and so many more. I appreciate you taking time to peruse our annual report. Please let me know if you have any questions, feedback, suggestions, or collaborations you would like to discuss. Here’s to another amazing year!

David Bowker
Director of the Office of Future Engineers
Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach

Our Mission

Aspire to inspire all middle school through high school students to consider engineering as a career, dedicated to recruiting a diverse and academically gifted student body to the First-Year Engineering (FYE) program at Purdue University, and continued engagement of Purdue Engineering Alumni in the development and growth of future leaders in engineering.

Our People

David Bowker

David Bowker
Amy Glenn

Amy Glenn

Heather Coar

Heather Coar

Assistant Director,
Aurie Swartz

I. Aurie Swartz

Assistant Director,
Lindsay Elias

Lindsay Elias





We are also helped out by an incredible group of current students and interns who assist us with daily operations, web and 2d design, and communications for our office. The Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF) also collaborates with OFE in our daily information sessions and on-campus events making valuable connections with prospective students and families.

Our Approaches


We educate middle school and high school students, as well as their teachers and counselors, on what being an engineer is all about. Through presentations ranging from what an engineer does to planning a career in engineering to how to pay for college, we hope to get more students of all backgrounds interested in engineering.


Through on- and off-campus events, social media outreach, targeted email, a responsive website, print materials, and personal interactions, we seek to connect with high-achieving students from around the world to provide them with an insider's perspective of Purdue Engineering and campus life to help them determine if Purdue is right for them.


We constantly seek to partner with both current students and alumni to expand our outreach to middle schools and high schools all around the world.

Student Development

We empower students to increase their skills in public speaking, interpersonal communication, writing, 2D design, project management, and much more.

Our Feedback

Tour guides were well spoken, well informed and clearly passionate about Purdue. Tour was concise, but had a perfect amount of information.

I am a parent. We LOVED the Engineering presentation. The two students were excellent: mature, engaging, knowledgeable…all of our questions were answered. Definitely exceeded our expectations…thank you!

Great visit. Loved it. Went from a school with not much interest in to my top school.

The communication we have received from Purdue Engineering was one of the reasons my son decided on this for his further education and we could not be more excited!

Latest Statistics

Below are the year-over-year trends comparisons of the number of admitted and enrolled students for various categories and the academic profiles of First-Year Engineering students:

Application and Acceptance

Enrolled student demographics

URM Enrollment profile

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 1-Year Change 5-Year Change
Black or African American 33 39 38 33 52 57.6% 57.6%
Hispanic/Latino 88 85 85 119 135 13.4% 53.4%
Native American or Alaska Native 2 3 1 2 1 -50% -50%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 3 2 0 2 -- --
Two or More Races -- 52 80 82 122 48.8% 134.6%

First-Year Engineering Class Data

Below are the average achievement metrics for the new-beginning First Year Engineering class over the last 3 years.

  2016 2017 2018
SAT - Composite 1330 1316 1402
SAT - Math 697 682 729
SAT - Critical Reading 633 634 679
ACT - Composite 31 31 31
High School GPA 3.91 3.92 3.78*

*Enrollment Management changed how they calculate unweighted GPA beginning with the 2018 academic year.

Summary of Activities

On-Campus Events

294 events

30,092 guests

Off-Campus Events

54 events

3,630 guests

Email Marketing

40 campaigns

339,271 emails

Print Marketing

2 print pieces

28,350 recipients

Website Engagement

187,487 pageviews

11% increase YOY