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Welcome to STAR 2013

June 17 - July 11, 2013

STAR (Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration) is Purdue's required orientation program for new, domestic first-year and new transfer students. During STAR, you will spend a full day (from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.):

  • Attending orientation sessions
  • Meeting your academic advisor
  • Scheduling fall semester courses
  • Obtaining your student ID
  • Visiting a residence hall room
  • Taking optional placement and advanced credit exams
  • Placing advanced orders on textbooks
  • And much more . . . .

Parents and other family members are welcome to attend!

Note: This summer, our program is changing its name from Undergraduate Studies Program (USP) to Exploratory Studies.  Please be aware that your admissions material and some websites will still refer to us as "USP."  Nevertheless, nothing else besides our name has changed.  We're still the place to be for students exploring majors at Purdue!

Purdue Time -- West Lafayette, IN is currently on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4 hours). This is the same time as New York, NY and one hour ahead of Chicago, IL.

International Students: Please click on this link to begin completing your STAR preparation requirements.

Domestic Students: Questions about STAR Date registration should be directed to the Student Success at Purdue office at (765) 494-9328. If you are unable to attend STAR for any reason, contact Student Success at Purdue immediately.

Please work through these links to prepare for your STAR Date:

Preparing to attend STAR:

  1. Schedule a specific STAR Date through myPurdue. Sign up for a "USP" section.
  1. Take the online ALEKS Math Placement Test. This is a no-cost requirement for all new beginning and new transfer students regardless of previous college math or AP math credit earned. You may use books, calculators, and notes, but YOU must complete this test yourself. Plan between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the ALEKS Math Placement Test. 

    ALEKS will be available on June 1. We recommend that you take ALEKS as soon as possible after it opens.

    The ALEKS link above includes a chart matching ALEKS scores to Purdue math courses. Students wishing to study engineering, pharmacy, or the sciences will need to score a minimum of 75 to be placed in the correct beginning level of math. An 80 or higher is recommended for success in engineering-level math. Free 6-week ALEKS Learning Modules are available and should be taken before a retest attempt. Please give yourself enough time to both test and re-test, if needed.

    It is important to score as high as you are able. Intentionally scoring lower than your ability can eliminate degree options. The ALEKS test will determine the highest starting mathematics course for which you qualify. Then, you and your academic advisor will choose a math course that best fits your comfort level and degree goals.

    Questions about and problems with the ALEKS placement test should be directed to Benjamin Wiles.

  1. Complete the "Pre-Registration Information for STAR" online. This information helps the academic advisor to get to know you and to prepare for your STAR scheduling meeting.
  1. Prepare for Fall semester registration:

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What to bring

Here are items you MUST bring with you to your STAR Date:

  • Government-issued Photo ID (driver's license, passport, state identification card, etc.)
  • Your Purdue identification number (PUID). You will need this to register for courses and to obtain your official Purdue Identification Card. This number can be found on your admissions confirmation letter.

We recommend that you bring the following items with you:

  • Several #2 pencils and a pad of paper for notetaking
  • Results of College Board Advance Placement tests or college transcripts (if available)
  • Comfortable walking shoes

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Directions, Parking, and Lodging:

The Exploratory Studies office is located in:

Young Hall, 8th floor
155 South Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114

The closest parking facility to Young Hall open to visitors is the Grant Street Parking Garage (PGG on the Campus Map). It is located directly east of the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU) and a block north of Young Hall. Parking is free during STAR with your parking pass (PDF). The garage is within walking distance of food, shopping, and advising destinations.

Summer is prime construction season everywhere. Please consult Purdue's Summer Construction Map, as well asWest Lafayette and Indiana (INDOT) construction maps before you begin your trip to Purdue.


STAR is a one-day program, but some people prefer to come early or stay late. We recommend you explore these options at least several weeks before your STAR date:

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Other Important Things to Consider:

  • Foreign Language Placement test: If you have taken two or more years of foreign language in high school (but none in college), we encourage you to take the free, 30-minute Foreign Language Placement Test (see "Summer STAR Testing") on-site during your STAR Date. You could earn free college credit. Advisors will hand out permission forms during your STAR opening session. Students who are fluent in a language may not take a placement test in that language.

  • Advanced Credit exams: During STAR you can take an optional Advanced Credit exam in communications, math, chemistry, or biology and earn Purdue credit before the start of next semester. You will need a signed authorization form from your advisor and a picture ID. Testing date, location, and calculator requirements are available in the STAR Testing Schedule, included in your STAR Confirmation mailing.
  • Final Transcript: When your final transcript is available, contact your high school and have them to send it to Purdue Admissions.

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