Recruiter Frequently Asked Questions



What recruitment opportunities exist at the Big Ten+ Grad School Expo (Grad Expo)?

The Big Ten+ Grad School Expo (Grad Expo) offers graduate student recruiters the opportunity to meet with prospective students from across the nation at the Graduate School Fair component of the event. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your program and/or institution in an informal environment.

What makes the Grad Expo unique from other graduate school fairs?

The Grad Expo is a unique opportunity to specifically target potential graduate students interested in fields related to Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and other related disciplines. By providing travel scholarships to highly talented individuals interested in graduate study, the Grad Expo consistently attracts high quality students from across the nation.

Why is the Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo invitation only? How can I receive an invitation?

Due to space constraints and the popularity of the event, it has become necessary to make the Grad Expo an "invitation only" event. Priority is being given to Big Ten universities and Purdue's strategic peers. If you do not receive an invitation, we encourage you to join our mailing list and we will notify you if space becomes available. Please note that you do not need an invitation to participate in our advertising opportunities.

If I don't receive an invitation, is there any way I can still participate in the Expo?

You do not need an invitation to advertise in the event program or on the event Web site.

Student/Institution Attendance 

What universities attended last year's event?

A list of institutions that attended last year's Grad School Expo is available online.

What types of students can I expect to meet at the Grad Expo?

You can expect to meet highly talented potential graduate students from across the nation, as well as Purdue, that are interested in Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related fields. The average attendee's GPA has consistently been greater than 3.6/4.0. In addition, the majority of attendees possess research experience.

In 2019, students from 37 different states and 100 institutions attended the event. Review a complete list of participating students' home institutions. Students from a variety of institutions and organizations are invited to attend the Grad Expo, including McNair Scholars, LSAMP program participants, honors students, summer research program participants, and many more.

How many students attended last year?

The 2019 Grad School Expo was attended by over 475 students. We expect between 450 and 500 students at the 2020 Grad Expo.

How many Purdue students attend the Grad Expo?

Typically, almost 40% of student attendees are from Purdue University.

What is the difference between the Big Ten+ Grad School Expo and the Midwest Graduate School Summit that is also hosted by Purdue?

The primary differences are that the Graduate School Expo is specifically for potential graduate students interested in an advanced degree in a research program in a STEM discipline (Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related fields). It attracts students from across the nation, and offers a series of workshops for attendees to learn about graduate education, such as how to apply, how to fund their graduate study, etc.

The Midwest Graduate School Summit, on the other hand, is designed specifically for students interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree in a field of study outside the STEM disciplines.  


I registered to attend the Grad Expo's Graduate School Fair, but have not received a confirmation of registration. Am I registered?

You should receive a confirmation email once your registration form has been received and processed. If you have not received this confirmation, please contact Purdue Conferences at or 1-866-515-0023.

Shipping Materials

Can I ship my display and materials to Purdue?

Displays and related supplies may be shipped prior to the Grad Expo to:

Robert Elliot
Purdue University
Conference Division
Stewart Center, Room 116 
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette , IN 47907-2034
Attn: Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo

Will a pickup be arranged at the conclusion of the Graduate School Fair, so I can ship my display and materials back to my institution?

Yes. FedEx is our shipment provider. Instructions will be provided at the Graduate School Fair about where to place your items for pick up. Please be sure to bring a completed FedEx shipping label for each item you wish to ship. The shipping label must include your institution's FedEx account number. Unfortunately, extra mailing labels will not be available at the Graduate School Fair, so be sure to bring enough with you.

Additional Questions

I have additional questions about the Grad Expo that are not answered here. Who can I contact?

Please email or call 765-494-2600 for further questions and assistance.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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