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Purdue University

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Admits GREs with around 1350.

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Overview : Purdue University--West Lafayette


Admissions

Application deadline 01/01

Application fee $55

Academics

2007 Ph.D. student/faculty ratio 3.5

2007 Full-time faculty 354

Fall 2009 Financial Aid Information

In state, full-time: $7,630 In state,


part-time: $266 (per credit hour)
Tuition Out of state, full-time: $22,438 Out
of state, part-time: $738 (per
credit hour)
Required fees $414 per credit hour

Student Body

2007 Total graduate engineering


2,323
enrollment

Fall 2009 Admissions Information

Application deadline 01/01

Application fee $55

Application fee for international


$55
students

Contact Determined By
Director of admissions
Department

2007 New entrants in master's program

Average GPA of new entrants in


3
master's program

Average verbal GRE score of new


507
entrants in master's program

Average quantitative GRE score of new


746
entrants in master's program

Average analytical GRE score of new


N/A
entrants in master's program

Average writing GRE score of new


4
entrants in master's program

Average GPA of new entrants in both


3
master's and doctoral programs

Average verbal GRE score of new


entrants in both master's and doctoral 514
programs

2007 Average quantitative GRE score of


new entrants in both master's and 751
doctoral programs

Average analytical GRE score of new N/A


entrants in both master's and doctoral
programs

Average writing GRE score of new


entrants in both master's and doctoral 4
programs

TOEFL

TOEFL required for international


Yes
students?

Minimum TOEFL score required for


213
computer test

Minimum TOEFL score required for


550
paper test

Engineering Department Contacts

Mechanical engineering phone number (765) 494-5729

Mechanical engineering E-mail moser@purdue.edu

https://engineering.purdue.edu/M
Mechanical engineering website
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Students specializing in mechanical


15.5 %
engineering

ONLINE APPLICATION:

https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=purduegrad

Admission To Purdue
How to Apply
Applying to the Graduate School at Purdue University is easy. Just apply online! All applications must
include:

• Completed electronic application


• Application fee payment
• Official transcripts from all institutions attended
• Proof of English proficiency
• Letters of recommendation
• Statement of purpose
Program requirements and deadlines for admission vary. Please visit the Academic Program
Instructions Web page for the requirements of the program to which you wish to apply.

Statement of Purpose

Unless otherwise noted within the "Completing the Application" section, each degree-seeking applicant is
expected to complete a Statement of Purpose.
Submit a statement of 300-500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate
study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your research interests, professional plans, and
career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate
on your scholarly publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history.

Transcript

An official transcript must be submitted for every institution of higher education attended. If a transcript is
not in English, an official English translation, certified by the college or university, must be provided. An
official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing
institution. Transcripts and/or English translations should be mailed directly by a registrar to the program of
application, or be given to the applicant by the registrar in a sealed envelope for submission to the program
to which you are applying, along with the other supporting application materials. Transcripts cannot be
returned.
• Degree-Seeking Applicants: If you are applying to a degree program, your application must
include an official transcript from each college or university you have attended. If you are currently
studying for a baccalaureate degree, you will later be required to submit a document that verifies
the awarding of that degree.
• Re-entry Applicants: If you are seeking re-entry to a degree program and you attended another
college or university since you last attended graduate school at Purdue, you must provide an official
transcript of that study.
• Certificate Applicants: If you are applying for postbaccalaureate classification, you must provide
evidence of a baccalaureate degree. Some graduate certificate programs require additional
documentation. Please refer to the Academic Program Instructions for specific details.
• Teacher License or International Special Applicants: If you are applying for teacher license or
international special classification, you must provide an official transcript from the college or
university where your baccalaureate degree was received. If you are currently studying for a
baccalaureate degree, you will later be required to submit a document that verifies the degree has
been awarded.
• Postbaccalaureate Applicants: If you are applying for postbaccalaureate classification, you must
provide evidence of a baccalaureate degree. This may be a transcript, a copy of the diploma, or a
letter from the college or university verifying the degree.

Request for Official Transcript - Graduate School Form 5 (pdf) (doc)


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test

Although the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a Graduate School requirement, many graduate
programs require this test. Check the graduate program instruction page for this requirement.

For information and test dates visit www.gre.org.


Purdue University's code for the GRE application is 1631.
Purdue Calumet's code for the GRE application is 1638.
IUPUI's code for the GRE application is 1325.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing
System (IELTS)

International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for
Purdue University Graduate School admission.
The Graduate School accepts all valid TOEFL scores, including those earned through the Internet-based test,
paper-based test, and computer-based test. The minimum paper-based test score required for admission is
550. The Graduate School's minimum computer-based test score required for admission is 213. The
minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission are the following:

Writing 18
Speaking 18
Listening 14
Reading 19
Total 77
Note that in addition to required minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate
School also requires a minimum overall score that is higher than the minimums for the four area tests
combined. Applicants must meet or exceed each of the five scores (listed above) for admission to the
Graduate School. Some graduate programs require higher minimum scores. Please check the program
instruction pages for additional requirements.
Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further
information , visit www.toefl.org.
Purdue University's code for the TOEFL application is 1631.
Purdue University Calumet's code for the TOEFL application is 1638.
The Graduate School also accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall
band score of 6.5 is required for admission. For more information, visit www.ielts.org.

Recommendation Letters

Unless otherwise noted within the "Completing the Application" section, three (3) letters of recommendation
are required for degree seeking applicants.
When you create an online application to the Purdue Graduate School, you will have the opportunity to enter
the names of your recommendation providers along with the preferred method of submission for the
recommendation. If you elect to have the recommendation submitted online, your recommendation provider
will receive an automatic email notification with instructions for accessing our online recommendation
system. Once the online recommendation is submitted the graduate program to which you applied will have
access to view your online recommendation.
For recommenders wishing to complete a paper recommendation, please send the following
recommendation form (PDF).
Not all programs use the default form above. Please consult the "Completing the Application" portion of the
program instruction page. If your program indicates that it uses a separate recommendation form, a link to
that form will be provided.

Application Fee Waiver

Graduate School applicants who are residents of the State of Indiana and are experiencing an economic
hardship may request a waiver of the application fee. To request a waiver of the application fee, please send
email explaining your situation to gradinfo@purdue.edu
Additionally, application fee waivers are available for participants in the following programs:

Big 10+ Graduate School Expo


CIC FreeApp
* Purdue Graduate School Criteria for the CIC FreeApp
Graduate Feeder Scholars Program (Florida A & M University)
Historically Black Institution (HBI) Visitation Program
Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Program
Summer Research Opportunity Program (formerly MARC/AIM)
McNair Scholars Program
Purdue Research Opportunities Program
SURF
Vietnam Education Foundation
If you are a currently registered graduate student at one of the Purdue University campuses, you are eligible
for a waiver of your application fee.
In accordance with Purdue policies, all persons have equal access to Purdue University 's educational
programs, services and activities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry,
marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.
For a more complete statement of Purdue's policies of equal access and equal opportunity, visit
http://www.purdue.edu/humanrel/vp/nondescrim.shtml. If you have any questions or concerns
regarding these policies, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Human Relations at
vphr@purdue.edu or (765) 494-5830.
Questions about application fee waivers may be sent to gradinfo@purdue.edu
Information for International Students

It is a goal of Purdue University to promote human and intellectual diversity by providing equal access and
opportunity to representatives of a rich variety of populations and cultures. Purdue is home to nearly 5,000
international students, including almost 3,000 graduate and professional students. Approximately 40
percent of graduate students are international students. Purdue ranks second in international enrollment
among all public colleges and universities in the United States. And, almost 900 faculty and staff members
are international. Overall, students from nearly 130 countries and 75 nations attend Purdue. Click on the
links below to learn more:

RankingsFunding OpportunitiesAdmission to PurdueHealth Requirements


HousingServices and Resources for International Students

Rankings
Purdue University consistently ranks among the top public universities in the United States.

• Purdue is in the top 100 graduate institutions in the world according to Times Higher Education -
QS World University Rankings.

• U.S. News & World Report ranks Purdue 26th of the nation's universities, and many academic
programs are in the top 10.

For additional information about Purdue's rankings, visit Purdue's Points of Pride Web page.
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Funding Opportunities
Funding opportunities are available for both domestic and international students. Approximately 75 percent
of Purdue’s international graduate students receive some funding by or through the University. There are
three primary options for financial assistance:

• fellowships and grants,


• graduate student assistantships, and
• loans.
Incentive and travel grants are also available. You should begin your search for funding approximately
one year before you will need it to support your graduate education.

Grants
Grants are free money for which you are not required to work or repay the funds. Fellowships are the
most common type of grant, but others include scholarships, travel grants, and monetary awards.
Fellowships are usually available from both the program to which you apply for admission and the
Graduate School. Typically, when you apply for admission, a program will consider you for available
fellowships without a separate application. To be considered for fellowships offered by the Graduate
School, you must be admitted to your program of interest. The Funding Web page provides
information regarding specific Graduate School fellowships, the application process, and each fellowship’s
requirements. Fellowship benefits generally include:

• Monthly stipend*
• Tuition scholarship
• Medical insurance supplement
*Stipend amounts are determined by the academic program.

Assistantships
Assistantships are the most common method of funding graduate study. Over 60 percent of Purdue
graduate students hold graduate student assistantships. You may secure teaching, research, or
administrative/professional assistantships to help pay for the costs of your education while gaining
employment experience. When you receive an assistantship, you work part-time for the University.
Assistantship benefits generally include:

• Monthly stipend*
• Tuition waiver
• Medical insurance at employee rates**
*Stipend amounts are determined by the hiring department.
**Only available for .5 FTE assistantships.

Teaching and research assistantships are generally offered by your program of interest; however, some
may require a separate application for consideration, while others may consider you when your application
for admission is completed. To be considered for assistantships offered by the academic program to which
you are applying, please visit that program's Web page or contact the program to determine
the appropriate process for applying for an assistantship.

Other departments outside your program of interest may also offer assistantships. For more information
about these opportunities, please consult the Graduate School’s Funding Database.

Loans
Division of Financial Aid (DFA) and the U.S.
Student loan information is available through the
Department of Education. You can also apply to serve as a residence hall counselor, or seek other
employment to help finance your graduate education.

For information regarding the tuition and fee rates for the West Lafayette campus, visit the Bursar’s
Office online. Also check out the Tuition Calculator to determine the estimated tuition and housing
expenses at the West Lafayette campus.

Juan Carlos Ramirez - (Colombia)


Recently graduated from Purdue with a PhD in Civil Engineering. He is a Postdoctoral
Researcher in Purdue's Agricultural and Biological Engineering department.

"The multiple practical experiences, projects, instrumentation, and techniques


available at Purdue allowed me to be an excellent candidate for my current
postdoctoral position. Among the diverse personal skills I developed are my oral and
writing skills, where the program offered me many opportunities to interact with
diverse audiences. The diverse ethnic background of my classmates gave me a better
understanding of the challenges of working with persons with different lifestyles,
which is very important to be successful in our diverse society."

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Admission To Purdue
How to Apply
Applying to the Graduate School at Purdue University is easy. Just apply online! All applications must
include:

• Completed electronic application


• Application fee payment
• Official transcripts from all institutions attended
• Proof of English proficiency
• Letters of recommendation
• Statement of purpose

Program requirements and deadlines for admission vary. Please visit the Academic Program
Instructions Web page for the requirements of the program to which you wish to apply.
Dachuang Cao - (People's Republic of China)
Recently graduated from Purdue with a PhD in Statistics. She is a research scientist
at Eli Lilly and Company.

"If I were to choose my graduate school again, Purdue would be the answer. There
is a lot of respect for Purdue’s name. Not only is Purdue famous for its Engineering
programs, it also has strong programs in Science, Agriculture, Education, Nursing,
and other areas as well as wide collaboration across the departments. For a
graduate student, Purdue provides a comprehensive environment to face challenges
and solve problems."

Testing Information
Depending upon your field of study, you may be required to take one or more standardized tests.
Standardized tests are uniform in nature and are administered and scored in the same fashion for all
students by organizations not affiliated with Purdue University.

Typically these tests are completed in your senior year before you begin applying for graduate study, but
always be sure to check with the Purdue program to which you may apply in order to determine
its specific requirements and deadlines.

Common standardized tests that may be required for admission include:

• The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language
Testing System) evaluate a person’s level of English proficiency for individuals whose first language
is not English.

• TheGRE (Graduate Record Examinations) has a general test component, which is most often
GRE
required for graduate admission. Some programs will also require the completion of a
Subject Test that focuses on a specific field of study.

• The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is often required for individuals interested in
management or other business-related programs.

Testing Requirements
International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL
or IELTS scores for admission to Graduate School at Purdue. Many programs also require the Graduate
Record Examinations (GRE).

Minimum TOEFL and IELTS Scores


The Graduate School accepts all valid TOEFL scores, including those earned through the paper-based,
computer-based, and Internet-based tests. The minimum TOEFL test scores for admission are:
• Paper-based - 550
• Computer-based - 213
• Internet-based
 Writing - 18
 Speaking - 18
 Listening - 14
 Reading - 19
 Total - 77

(Note that the minimum total TOEFL score is greater than the sum of the minimums for the
individual test components.)

• IELTS - overall band score of 6.5


Some graduate programs require higher minimum scores. Please check the program instruction
pages for additional requirements. For additional information regarding these tests and testing
requirements, visit the Admissions Web page.

Application Deadlines
It is generally recommended that completed applications be submitted within the following time frames:
• For August enrollment, apply by early January
• For January enrollment, apply by August
Program application deadlines vary, so be sure to check with your program of interest to determine its
deadline. For more information, please visit the Graduate Programs Web page to locate program
information and a list of graduate program contacts. After you submit your application to the
Graduate School, it will be available for review by the graduate program to which you have applied.
Renata Naoumov (Brazil)
Pursuing her Master’s in Human Resource Management

"Earning a degree from Purdue makes you a respectable


professional in any area. Every day I learn new concepts and
my abilities are challenged. I feel that at the end of my
program, I will really be a specialist in my field."

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Health Requirements
Indiana state law requires all new, regularly enrolled students attending residential campuses of Indiana
public universities to be immunized against Rubeola (10 day measles), Rubella (German measles), Mumps,
Diphtheria, and Tetanus. In addition, international students must be tested for tuberculosis after arriving
in the United States. For additional information, visit the Purdue University Student Health
Center Web Page.
Housing
The Purdue Village offers on campus apartment living to students and families. Students from over 60
countries call Purdue Village home. This diversity creates an exciting global community in which to live,
work, and learn. Purdue Village is easily accessible to campus and shopping. The apartments are located on
the southwest side of campus and include a setting with yard space, mature trees, and playgrounds. The
Purdue Village also offers the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course. This course prepares
students with English speaking skills necessary to achieve their academic, cultural, and social goals.

Hawkins Hall offers both single and double rooms on campus for academically focused graduate
students and older undergraduate students (20 years old or older). The residents of Hawkins Hall come
from many countries around the world, in addition to the United States, forming a unique international
community.

In addition to the housing options listed above, off-campus housing is also available. To investigate these
options, please refer to the following resources:

• Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Residential


• Dean of Students Off-Campus Housing Services
• Off-Campus Housing From Apartment Guide.com
• Apartment and Home Buying Information From the National Association of
Realtors
Muralikrishna Ramanathan (India)
Pursuing his PhD in Computer Sciences

"Apart from its reputation as a world class research institution, Purdue provides a
multiethnic environment. Interaction with students originating from various parts of
the world has inculcated in me a sense of appreciation for the diversity of cultures."

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Services and Resources for International


Students
• The Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) seeks to enhance the
academic, cultural, and social pursuits of students and scholars from abroad. ISS provides
knowledge and expertise in admissions, immigration, advising, and cross-cultural programming.
For more information, e-mail iss@purdue.edu.

• The Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP) serves as a resource for international
graduate students and graduate students studying English as a Second Language.

• Nearly 40 international student groups offer social and cultural activities at Purdue. The
student organizations represent countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, and the
Middle East. These groups bring together students from all countries.

• The International Center fosters the spirit of international cooperation and understanding,
and enriches the cultural diversity within Greater Lafayette. It promotes interaction among
American and international community residents and visitors, including students, visiting scholars,
faculty, and staff from Purdue University. The International Center also offers English classes
and the Conversation Partner Program to strengthen language skills.

• EducationUSA is a network of over 450 advising and information centers in 170 countries
supported by the United States Department of State. Centers offer information about educational
opportunities in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals.