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 the transition of URMs into a majority institution in achieving first-semester performance and first-year retention in engineering.


See what happened last year in ABC.

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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Register here for the virtual boot camp today!


What are the 2020 program dates?

June 14 - July 17, 2020

Is ABC-2020 a virtual program?

Due to Covid-19, the ABC program in 2020 will be virtual.

What is the deadline for applications?

Monday, May 18, 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.

What is the cost to attend ABC?

The administrative fee for ABC is $1,500.

What is the deadline for payment?

Payment Deadline: Monday, June 9, 2020.

What does the registration fee cover?

Fees Include: (4) Academic Courses (Calculus, Chemistry, English and MATLAB), Engineering Design Project Course (1 Credit Hour), Engineering Design Project Materials + Direct Home Shipping, Course Instruction, Scheduled Tutoring Sessions, Professional Development Seminars, Parental Engagement Sessions, Engineering Faculty, Corporate and Alumni Engagement 

What do you provide in Boot Camp?

  • Exposure to Engineering Coursework (Calculus, Chemistry, English, MATLAB)
  • Scheduled Tutoring Sessions with Purdue Engineering Students and the Purdue Writing Lab
  • (1) Credit Engineering Design Course - Micro Kart Project
  • Project Materials + Direct Home Shipping
  • Guest Lectures/Sessions from Purdue Engineering Faculty and Staff 
  • Live Panels from MEP Alumni 
  • Engaging Parental Sessions 
  • Corporate Partner Career Exploration Webinars 
  • Priority Access to the MEP Learning Community (Fall 2020) 

How can I pay for ABC?

Once you have received acceptance into the 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?

Yes, there will be a 1 credit hour engineering design project offered.

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?

No. Due to COVID-19, we are transitioning our residential summer programs to a modified online platform. 

What do the students need to participate in virtual ABC?

  • Reliable Internet Connection (High Speed Internet Recommended) 
  • Access to an Electronic Device (Desktop, Laptop, Tablet)
  • Printing (Course Materials)
  • Work Space (Hands-On Engineering Project)
  • Calculator 
  • Traditional School Supplies (Notebook, Pens, Pencils, Etc.)
  • Basic Tools (List of Requested Tools will be Provided)

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.


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