Engineering Academic Boot Camp

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. Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, MATLAB, English, and an engineering design project were included along with professional mentoring, corporate tours, time management, team building, and social activities. 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 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 URMs into a majority institution in achieving first semester performance and first year retention in engineering.


Student Testimonial, Santiago Ibarra Rico, Senior, Aeronautical Engineering, Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia
Student Testimonial, Ti' Air Riggins, 2nd Year PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering, Hometown: Akron, Ohio

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Applications will open January 31, 2020

What are the 2020 program dates?

June 14 - July 17, 2020

What is the cost to attend ABC?

The administrative fee for ABC is $1,000. 

What do you do in Boot Camp?

ABC (Incoming Freshmen):

  • Students participate in a 5-week simulation of the first semester at Purdue that helps them transition to life as an engineering student
  • Students take non credit bearing courses in math, chemistry, physics, and programming
  • Students learn about engineering by designing and building a go-kart from the ground up
  • Students get introduced to campus, campus life, and campus resources
  • Students participate in professional development activities and network with alums
  • Students are able to form communities with peers before their first day of class

What is the deadline for applications?

March 30, 2020

When will we be notified about the decision?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once all elements are in (transcript, recommendation, application) a decision will be made and parents will be notified.

How can I pay for ABC?

Once you have received acceptance into an SEW or Boot Camp, you will be given a link to pay.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. A scholarship application is part of the overall ABC application for the program.

Does this program offer college credit?

No college credit is given for the program

My child is not a minority. Can he/she participate?

Our programs are open to all students and we welcome all students. The programs are focused to increase interest and representation of underrepresented minorities in engineering.

What grades are accepted into ABC?

ABC is for incoming freshmen accepted to Purdue

Do the students stay on campus?

Yes. Students stay in university dorms with randomly assigned roommates and chaperones from the same gender and eat at campus dining halls.

What does the registration fee cover?

Lodging, meals, and all events that are part of the program. It does not cover travel to and from the university

My child is flying in, how does he/she get to Purdue?

If flying into Indianapolis: Two shuttle services available (Star of America and Lafayette Limo)

If flying into Chicago: Express air coach (

Select PMU as your final destination. Contact our office prior to the workshops and we will arrange a pick up from the PMU at the designated shuttle arrival time.

My child would need to leave the program early. Can he/she still participate?

MITE and ABC requests will be handled on a case by case basis.

My child would need to arrive early to campus. How do we make accommodations?

Yes. Early accommodations have to be made by the parents through hotel or other means, inform MEP staff of any early arrivals.

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