MITE Academic Boot Camp

The Goal to Academic Preparation

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, and 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 in 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.

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 into the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, science as well as engineering majors.

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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What are the 2020 program dates?

June 14 - July 16, 2020

What do you do in MITE?

MITE (11th):

  • Students get exposure to life as an engineering student at Purdue
  • Students focus on boosting their SAT math and verbal scores
  • Professional development workshops prepare students for college success
  • Engineering projects such as rocket launching, drone creation, and underwater vehicle construction introduce students to the different engineering disciplines
  • 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

What is the deadline for applications?

Priority Registration Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020

Admission Decision: Monday, March 16, 2020

Open Registration Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Admission Decision: Monday, April 13, 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 much does the MITE program cost?

The administrative fee for the MITE program is $4,000.

How can I pay for MITE?

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 SEW 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 MITE?

MITE is for rising seniors. They will have completed the 11th grade by summer of application.

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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