The Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program was initiated at Purdue University in the summer of 1975. Originally a two-week program, MITE is now a five-week college simulation program modeled after the Freshman Engineering Academic Boot Camp. MITE attendees are immersed in First-Year Engineering projects. 

The agenda includes:

  • SAT review
  • Engineering design
  • Time management
  • Social acclimatization to college life

Student participants build a strong sense of community and are able to return to their high schools with a better evaluation of their potential. We have seen an average improvement of SAT math scores of 90 points. The highest increase was 180 points as measured through pre- and post-testing. All participants apply to Purdue at the close of the program.

Due to COVID-19, the MITE program in 2021 will be virtual. 

University Collaboration

MITE participants learn about all STEM disciplines during the five weeks. For one week, students participate in the Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects (STEP). Collaboration with the Science Bound Program and diversity directors in STEM have resulted in several MITE participants matriculating in to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, science as well as engineering majors. 

Student Testimonial − Santiago Ibarra Rico
Student Testimonial − Ti' Air Riggins
Frequently Asked Questions
2021 Program Dates
June 25 - July 30, 2021 (5 Weeks)
  • Format: Virtual
  • Orientation (Program and Project): Friday, June 25, 2021
  • First Day of Class: Monday, June 28, 2021
  • Closing Program: Friday, July 30, 2021
  • Times: TBD
What grades are accepted into MITE?
MITE is for rising seniors (entering 12th grade for the academic year 2021-22). They will have completed the 11th grade by summer of application.
What do you do in MITE?
  • Students focus on boosting their SAT math and verbal scores
  • Professional development workshops prepare students for college success
  • The engineering design process and impact of engineering activities are introduced in depth
  • Social activities help students connect with future engineers from all over the country
  • Learn about time management and college preparation
Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at noon EST
  • Admission Decision: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
  • Payment Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
Decision Notification
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.
Helpful Information Regarding Cost, How to Pay, and Scholarships
  • The cost of attendance: $1800
  • Once you have received acceptance into MITE you will be given a link to pay
  • A scholarship application is part of the overall MITE application for the program
  • The fees cover:
    • (3) Academic Courses: Pre-Calculus for Engineers, Chemistry, and English
    • Engineering Design Project Course (1 College Credit Hour, Transferable)
    • Engineering Design Project Materials (direct home shipping)
    • Course Instruction
    • SAT/ACT Prep
    • ALEKS Subscription (1) Year + Scheduled Tutoring Sessions
    • Professional Development Seminars
    • College Application Prep (Essay, Resume, Etc.)
    • Parental Engagement Sessions
    • Engineering Faculty
    • Corporate and Alumni Engagement
Do the students stay on campus?
No, we are transitioning our residential summer programs to a modified online platform. Students are expected to connect to the programs online using the links that will be provided to them.
What do the students need to participate in the online camp?
  • 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 needs to leave the program early. Can they still participate?
MITE requests will be handled on a case by case basis.
My child is not a minority. Can they still 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. 

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