The Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program was developed, in the summer of 1975, at Purdue University. Originally a two-week program, MITE is now a four-week, two-credit college simulation program modeled after the Freshman Engineering Academic Boot Camp that focuses on college readiness with a strong emphasis on math and engineering projects. MITE is an outreach strategy aiming to attract underrepresented students, i.e., African American, Native American, Hispanic American, to pursue engineering at Purdue.

Participants will live in one of Purdue University's world-class residence halls, engage with students from across the nation in various activities, meet current undergraduate and graduate engineering students, faculty, and administrators. They will learn about our 15 unique engineering majors and a wide variety of potential engineering careers. 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 may apply to Purdue at the close of the program.

  • Engineering Research and Design
  • Mathematics and Chemistry
  • Engineering Projects
  • English Composition and Writing
  • SAT review
  • Time management

Students learn about the engineering design process used to solve some of the world's most pertinent challenges. They will complete two engineering design projects led by graduate assistants and engage in friendly competition while developing presentation skills. 


Participants will leave with skills to help them improve their academic profile. With a strong focus on mathematics, students will have two pre-assessments and receive a license for an online educational program that they can continue to use after the program has concluded. 


Scholarships are available for students who meet need-based scholarship requirements. 


To apply, please click here

Individuals of all races, genders, and backgrounds are welcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions
2024 Program Dates
July 8 - August 2
  • Format: In-Person
  • July 8: Check-In
  • August 2: Check-Out
What grades are accepted into MITE?
MITE is for rising seniors (entering 12th grade for the academic year 2023-24). They will have completed the 11th grade by summer of application.
What do you do in MITE?
  • Students focus on improving their SAT math and verbal scores
  • Advanced chemistry and math concepts
  • Professional development workshops to prepare students for college success
  • The engineering design process and impact of engineering activities
  • Social activities help student connect with future engineers from all over the country
  • Learn about time management and college preparation
Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Application Deadline: April 22, 2024
  • Admission Decision: May 6, 2024
  • Payment Deadline: June 1, 2024
Decision Notification
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once all elements are in (transcript and application) a decision will be made and parents will be notified.
Helpful Information Regarding Cost, How to Pay, and Scholarships
  • Summer workshop fees:
    • Indiana Resident: $3,797.70
    • Domestic nonresident: $4,998.60
  • The fees cover:
    • Room and board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and lodging)
    • (4) Academic Courses: Pre-Calculus for Engineers, Engineering Research and Design, Chemistry, and English
    • Engineering Design Project Course + Course Instruction
    • Engineering Design Project Materials
    • SAT/ACT Prep
    • ALEKS Subscription (1) Year + Scheduled Tutoring Sessions
    • Professional Development Seminars
    • College Application Prep (Essay, Resume, Etc.)
    • Engineering students, faculty, alumni, and corporate engagement
  • Fees DO NOT include:
    • Travel to and from Purdue University
Does this program offer college credit?
Yes, MITE participants will receive 2 college credits. MEP will work with Purdue Admissions to have the credits listed on an official transcript and maintained as part of their permanent record.
Will my college credit transfer to another institution?
Your institution of choice determines if the credit transfers. Purdue credits transfer to many other institutions as direct and free elective credits.
Do the students stay on campus?
Yes, program participants will lodge at one of our residence halls. Lodging details are provided upon acceptance of the summer offer.
What do the students need to bring to camp?
For summer camp essentials, please click here.
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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