Recruiter Frequently Asked Questions



How is the 2020 Midwest Summit adjusting to a Virtual Experience?

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of this recruitment season, the 2020 Midwest Graduate School Summit (Midwest Summit) 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 session with recruiting institutions.

What recruitment opportunities exist at the 2020 Midwest Summit?

The Midwest Summit Virtual Experience offers graduate student recruiters the opportunity to chat with prospective students from across the nation on Monday, September 28th for the Chat Session component of the event. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your program and/or institution 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 Midwest Summit unique from other graduate school fairs?

The Midwest Summit is a unique opportunity to specifically target potential graduate students interested in Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, and related fields. The event attracts highly talented individuals interested in graduate study 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.

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

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 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 world, as well as Purdue, that are interested in non-STEM disciplines as well as professional 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 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 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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