September 5, 2017

Exposition at Purdue, involving numerous universities, aims to help students interested in grad school

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Each fall, more than 80 institutions of higher education and 400-plus prospective graduate students converge on the West Lafayette campus for the Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition. 

“This year’s event, being held on Sept. 24-25 in Purdue Memorial Union’s North and South ballrooms, will be the 14th year of the Grad Expo hosted by Purdue University,” says Lee Gordon, director of graduate admissions. “It is one of the largest university-hosted recruitment and informational events in the country for potential graduate students.”  

Students interested in pursuing graduate study in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, pharmaceutical sciences, and related disciplines can talk to faculty and students from several institutions. Workshops on funding graduate study, applying to graduate school, and networking with recruiters also will be presented.

"This event is one of a kind in the United States where students will hear about creating a competitive application, funding a graduate education, and exploring graduate education and research opportunities across more than a hundred programs," Gordon said. "By attending the Expo, students can talk to professors, current graduate students, and staff about graduate school and what steps are necessary to set them on the path they choose."

In addition to learning about graduate school, attendees will create an incredible network of who’s who in graduate schools. And if that’s not enough, Purdue will waive the admission application fee for all Grad Expo attendees.

On Monday (Sept. 25), the event includes a graduate school fair in which outside institutions can present attendees with information. Students from Purdue and across the country typically attend the event. 

Over 1,700 students have attended the event. In all, students who came to the event and later attended Purdue have earned 194 master's degrees and 54 doctorate degrees.

Over 80 universities will be recruiting at the Expo. In addition to Purdue, a sampling of other institutions that will have representatives at the event include Cornell University; Columbia University; Duke University; Indiana University; Harvard University; Marquette University; Michigan State University; Northwestern University; Ohio State University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Rochester Institute of Technology; Rutgers University; Texas A&M University; schools from the University of California system; University of Illinois; University of Maryland; University of Michigan; University of Nebraska; University of Notre Dame; Vanderbilt University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Purdue students and Purdue alums may attend the Sept. 25 college fair session for free with their Purdue ID, or they may participate in all Expo events - including workshops, meals, and networking receptions - and pay the regular registration fee of $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Purdue students can find more information about registering at 

Contact: Lee Gordon, 765-494-2600,

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