Recruiter Frequently Asked Questions



What recruitment opportunities exist at the Midwest Graduate School Summit (Midwest Summit)?

The Midwest Summit 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 Midwest Summit unique from other graduate school fairs?

The Midwest Summit is a unique opportunity to specifically target potential graduate students interested in fields related to non-STEM disciplines such as liberal arts, fine arts, behavioral sciences, education, as well as professional programs including MBA, law, pharmacy, medicine and dentistry. By providing travel scholarships to highly talented individuals interested in graduate study, the Midwest Summit consistently attracts high quality students from across the nation.

Furthermore, Purdue Graduate School has a significant experience in hosting large, successful recruitment fairs for graduate studies. We have been hosting The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition for more than 13 years. Our knowledge and expertise in organizing large recruitment fair is converged into The Midwest Summit.

Why is the Midwest Summit invitation only? How can I receive an invitation?

Due to space constraints and the aniticipated popularity of the event, it has become necessary to make the Midwest Summit 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 contact us 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 Midwest Summit?

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 Midwest Summit is available online. 

What types of students can I expect to meet at the Midwest Summit?

You can expect to meet highly talented potential graduate students from across the nation, as well as Purdue, that are interested in non-STEM disciplines as well as profesional programs. The average attendee's GPA has consistently been greater than 3.6/4.0. 

In 2019, students from 16 different states, and 40 institutions attended the event. Students from a variety of institutions and organizations are invited to attend the Midwest Summit, including McNair Scholars, honors students, and many more. 

How many Purdue students usually attend the Big Ten+ Grad Expo which is a similar event to the Midwest Summit?

Based on the historical data from the Big Ten+ Expo, we expect about 40% of the attendees to be Purdue students.

What is the difference between the Midwest Summit and the Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition (Grad Expo)?

The primary differences are that the Midwest Summit is specifically for potential graduate students interested in non-STEM disciplines, professional programs, 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 Grad Expo, on the other hand, is focused on STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and related fields.


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

You should receive a confirmation letter by postal mail once your registration form has been received and processed; however, adequate time must be allowed for the letter to reach you by mail.

If you sent in your registration form more than two weeks ago and have not received a confirmation letter from the Purdue Conferences office, please contact Purdue Conferences at or 765-496-3667.

Shipping Materials

Can I ship my display and materials to Purdue?

Displays and related supplies may be shipped prior to the Midwest Summit to:

Mr. Robert Elliott
Purdue University
Conference Division
Stewart Center, Room 116 
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette , IN 47907-2034
Attn: Midwest Graduate School Summit

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 Midwest Summit 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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