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 modelled 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 17, 2020

Is MITE-2020 a virtual program?

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

What do you do in MITE?

MITE (11th):

  • 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

What is the deadline for applications?

Application Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020

Admission Decision: 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.

How much does the MITE program cost?

The administrative fee for the MITE virtual program is $1,500.

What is the deadline for payment?

Payment Deadline: Monday, June 9, 2020

What does the registration fee cover?

Fees Include: (3) Academic Courses (Pre-Calculus for Engineers, Chemistry and English), Engineering Design Project Course (1 College Credit Hour, Transferrable), 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

How can I pay for MITE?

Once you have received acceptance into a 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 (entering 12th grade for the academic year 2020-21). They will have completed the 11th grade by summer of application.

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 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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