2021 FAQ'S

Launched in the summer of 2005 in the College of Engineering, the Engineering Academic Boot Camp was developed to improve the transition of underrepresented engineering students into the majority campus culture. Former MEP Assistant Director Allene Manning was tasked to condense a full semester of work into a non-credit bearing five-week simulation of the first semester engineering experience at Purdue.

Embracing the best practices of learning communities, engineering students were required to live, study, and have classes together in preparation for global competition in the fall.

In 2006, the College of Science and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute adopted the Academic Boot Camp model; Agriculture was later included. Each area designed their camps to align with the needs of their college. After a three-year pilot period, the Engineering Academic Boot Camp has demonstrated the importance of transition of underrepresented minorities into a majority institution in achieving first-semester performance and first-year retention in engineering. 

2021 Program Dates
July 8 - August 13, 2021 (5 weeks)
  • Move-In and Orientation: July 8 − 11, 2021
  • First Day of Class: Monday, July 12, 2021
  • Last Day of Class: Friday, August 13, 2021
  • Closing Program: TBD
What grades are accepted into ABC?
ABC is for incoming freshmen accepted to Purdue.
What do you do in Engineering Academic Boot Camp?

Participants will: 

  • Take First-Year Engineering (FYE) Academic Simulation Courses (Non-Credit - Calculus and Chemistry)
  • Earn 9 University Credit Hours:
    • HONRS199 (3) - Intro to Research Planning
    • ENGL106 (4) First-Year Composition OR COM114 (3) - Fundamentals of Speech Communication (Only students entering Purdue with AP/Dual credit in Language/Composition will take COM114)
    • VIP (2) - Engineering MILESTONES Programming, Arduino and Smart Watch or Drone Project
    • Engage with Industry Partners
    • Participate in Professional Development Seminars
    • Visit Engineering Laboratories and Facilities
    • Build Campus Community and Network with Peers, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni
    • Gain Priority Access to MEP Residential Learning Community (Fall 2021)
    • Become Familiar with the Campus and Surrounding Community
Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021
  • Payment Deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021, noon EST
Helpful Information Regarding Cost, How to Pay, and Scholarships
  • The cost of attendance: $1500
  • Scholarships: Scholarships are available for this program. See registration link for more details.
  • Fees Include:
    • Participant Housing
    • Meals
    • Program Events
    • Project Materials
    • (9) Purdue University Credit Hours
    • (2) FYE Simulation Courses
    • and Official Program Gear
  • Fees DO NOT Include:
    • Travel to and from Purdue University 
    • or the cost of textbooks (note: the approximate cost of textbooks is $500, and the purchased textbooks for the program will be the same required textbooks for freshman coursework.)

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