Retention Efforts

While the academic rigor and Purdue environment present a difficult transition for students in general, underrepresented minorities may face additional obstacles such as academic and social isolation and negative stereotypes. We know that every student admitted to Purdue has the ability to successfully attain a Purdue Engineering degree and our role is to ensure that students have the confidence and resources to achieve this goal-whether they are a first generation college student, only minority in their class, or feel that they just don't belong in the Purdue Engineering community. Through our two transition programs, the Engineering Academic Boot Camp (ABC) and Engineering 180 (ENGR 180), we have demonstrated that participation in these efforts is correlated with a higher first-year retention rate for underrepresented minorities with a noted 100% retention rate for Fall 2013 Participants.

First Year Retention Purdue Engineering

First Semester Performance ABC Impact

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