Admitted students — Students who have been accepted by Purdue. They are divided into four categories:
- Beginners — Students with no prior college coursework. Some beginners have earned college credit as non-degree-seeking students; these credits are listed on their Purdue transcripts if accepted by Purdue.
- Transfers — Students who have been enrolled in a degree-seeking program at another university. The student's Transfer Credit Evaluation Report lists credit accepted by Purdue University; however, academic advisors from the individual college/school and program determine which transfer credits are accepted for particular programs of study.
- Regional campus transfers (RC-Trans) — Students who have been enrolled in degree-seeking programs at Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, or the Statewide Technology sites.
- Reentry — Students who have chosen to "stop out" of the University for a semester or longer and are academically eligible to reenter.
Ambassadors — Student groups involved in recruitment for the University or a certain college/school.
Boilermaker — This nickname for Purdue student-athletes originated in 1891. Purdue coaches were accused of hiring several husky Monon Railroad workers to play football, prompting a Crawfordsville newspaperman to call the team "Boiler Makers." In October 1892 The Purdue Exponent gave the name its stamp of approval.
Boilermaker Special — This unique locomotive, maintained by the Reamer Club, is the official University mascot.
Call out — An introductory meeting sponsored by a student club or activity to attract new members. Students attend call outs to find out about a group that they may want to join.
Candidate for graduation — A student who is eligible to graduate, but must complete the current semester's coursework to receive the degree.
CODO — Change of Degree Objective. Changing from one college/school to another at Purdue; a student must fill out a Change of Degree Objective form.
Co-op — Cooperative housing. Co-ops are small housing units for students who save money by managing all aspects of house operation from meal planning to maintenance and improvements.
Co-oping — Participation in Purdue's Professional Practice Program, in which students alternate semesters of study with semesters of work related to their majors. Students earn money to help with college expenses and gain experience, which helps them land a job after graduation.
Co-Rec — Nickname for the Recreational Sports Center, which offers gymnasium facilities to students and staff.
Drop/Add — The process of revising student schedules after registration. Academic advisors consult with students in dropping and adding classes from their schedules.
EE (pronounced ‘Double E') — Common name for the Electrical Engineering Building.
ENAD (pronounced ‘e-nad') — Common name for the Engineering Administration Building.
Heave — Common name for Heavilon Hall.
ITaP — Information Technology at Purdue. Central computing and telecommunications systems on the West Lafayette campus.
Mortar Board — Calendar published each fall by the Mortar Board Honor Society. Lists important Purdue events, holidays, library hours, etc. It is sold at most stores near campus.
Petition — To be considered for an office or leadership position, the student fills out an application known as a petition.
PRHC — Purdue Residence Hall Council. The coordinating body for all 12 residence halls, including the president or governor from each hall, student representatives, and hall managers.
PSG — Purdue Student Government. Addresses student concerns and coordinates various student activities through its many departments.
PUID — The student identification card used as a residence hall identification and meal card. They also allow the holder to check out items from the library, cash checks, purchase Convocations and theater tickets, ride the CityBus system for free, and receive discounts and privileges for Purdue students only. Students should carry their PUID at all times.
Purdue Exponent, The — Purdue's independent student newspaper, published by Purdue students and distributed free at many locations on campus.
TA — Teaching assistant. A graduate student who instructs a class or assists a professor with a class.
THOR — The Online Resource. A computerized library catalog.
Transfer Credit Evaluation Report — Purdue evaluation of credits earned at other universities. The Department of Credit Evaluation in the Office of Admissions does the evaluation after receiving a transcript. This department decides how the University will accept and add the credit to the student's Purdue transcript. Each college/school or department must also evaluate how the transfer credit is applied to the student's major.
U Relate — A website that provides student-focused information about healthy relationships and lists campus services and other resources.