We hope you visit!!

Perhaps I will be the last to say Happy 2013!! One of my resolutions for the year is to blog more. Now I have all my cyber friends(you)out there to keep me honest.  Pressure can sometimes be a good thing.  

Spring semester is on us and that means the students are back in full force  and we are looking forward to tons of admits and prospective students visiting campus. We would love to have you be Boilermakers so come get a feel for campus and see if we are a good fit. Best way to arrange a visit is online via are website.  On the “visit us” page you can sign up for an engineering information session as well as Link to admissions. If you have an engineering specific major in my mind we have contacts for each listed.

 Visit tips – here come the bullets!!  Given my job and Purdue pride these are focused on Purdue although I think it is decent advice( I hope) for most any college visit.  

  •   Attend an Engineering Information Session or one of Admissions Programs if you have not visited (or attend one of these) before. These are great overviews of all the opportunities here and will answer most of the questions that you have.
  • pre-shedule sessions and meetings. Given the large number of visitors in the spring We may not be able to accommodate folks on the spot. This is especially true if you would like to talk with advisors or faculty in a specific engineering major. You will need an appointment.
  • Sign up for sessions and programs as early as possible.  When you are off a school (Presidents Day , spring break) there is a good chance thousands of others are as well and everybody wants to visit on those days. We do fill up quickly during these times.
  • Come on a weekday when school is in session. This will give you a better feel of the excitement and energy we have on our campus. We do not offer Saturday or Sunday visits in the College of Engineering.
  • Double check time zones. We are on Eastern Standard Time and this can sometime surprise those traveling from Illinois.
  • Arrive a bit early. Give yourself plenty of time to figure out parking and one-way streets.
  • Think prior to your visit what are the most important things for me in making your  College choice. Then make sure to ask tons of questions about things that are important to you. Don’t be afraid to ask question of student who may be waiting to get into class or studying in the hallway/ common area.
  • Pick up the school newspaper. Here it is the Exponent.  This gives you a good sense of what are “hot” topics on campus.
  • Eat at the dining courts. The food is fantastic. No joke at all.  It is not inexpensive but it is all you care to eat.  A few admit  programs include this as part of the day.
  • Keep an open mind. Not every day here is sunny, raining, warm or cold. We have all the seasons which makes it fun for all sorts of activities.  Yes the look of a campus may be important to you but realize not anywhere is there a perfect day every day( folks in Cali may disagree).
  • Make some notes. For those of you visiting 5 -10 school, regardless of how unique we all  claim to be:)visits will start running together.
  • Have fun!! Hey you’re not at school and you are exploring what many rank (college) as the best time of your life.  I now you are super busy and bombarded with deadlines, tests and information. While you are on campus try to relax and get excited about your future possibilities.

We hope to see you on campus soon!!!

 David Bowker

 

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