Recruiter Frequently Asked Questions



How is the 2020 Big Ten Grad School Expo adjusting to a Virtual Experience?

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of this recruitment season, the 2020 Big Ten+ Grad School Expo (Grad Expo) has been changed to a Virtual Experience which will provide the same high-quality resources expected from the on-campus event to help students explore graduate school. This format will highlight pre-recorded workshops on navigating the graduate school application process and chat sessions with recruiting institutions. 

What recruitment opportunities exist at the 2020 Grad Expo?

The Grad Expo Virtual Experience offers graduate student recruiters the opportunity to chat with prospective students from across the nation on Monday, October 5th for the Chat Session component of the event. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your program and/or institution as you would at a grad school fair in an informal Q&A environment. Registered recruiters will also have the opportunity to submit a workshop video proposal to feature on the event website.

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

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

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

To receive registration details, please contact us at We will be happy to assist you in registering for the virtual event. 

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 world, 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.

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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