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Student Orientation and Learning Communities1

(for Fall Semester in Academic Years 2009-10 through 2013-14)

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Orientation Programs
Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR)2   Boiler Gold Rush
  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14     2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-144
              Total First-Year Student          
Total Participation3 6,096 6,149 5,886 5,827 5,892   Participation 4,981 4,977 4,703 4,803 5,344
Percent of New Purdue Students                      
Required to Attend STAR2 95.9% 94.9% 93.3% 92.1% 93.8%   Percent of First-Year Class 80.7% 77.8% 70.6% 76.3% 85.1%
Learning Communities
Learning Communities5   Residential Learning Communities6
  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14     2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Total First-Year Unique                        
Placements 1,289 1,397 1,663 1,863 1,981   Total Participation 855 930 1052 1144 865
Percent of First-Year Class 20.9% 22.0% 25.0% 29.6% 31.5%   Percent of First-Year Class 13.9% 14.7% 15.7% 18.2% 13.8%
1Defined as groups of first-year students who (1) take two or three courses together or (2) share a common academic interest and live in the same residence hall or (3) both.
2New Purdue students required to attend STAR includes domestic transfers and new beginners who started at Purdue during the Fall 2013 semester. International students and those students starting at Purdue during the Summer 2013 term were able to attend STAR, but were not required to do so.
3Total Participation numbers include students who applied for an exception to attend STAR. These students are included because they were in contact with the Student Success office, spoke with an advisor and registered during their STAR time period.
4Transfer students also participate in Boiler Gold Rush. A total of 75 transfers participated. The number above reflects only the the number of first-year students participating in BGR.
5Total Participation is based on the filled spaces associated with Learning Community offerings. In some cases, students take part in more than one Learning Community. When calculating the percent of the first-year class involved, the number of unique students is used as opposed to the total participation number. 
6Residential Learning Communities include a residential component in addition to or in lieu of course clusters. Examples include the Earhart Residential Communities associated with the Women in Science and  Engineering Programs and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community.





Source: Student Access, Transition and Success Programs