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STAR

STAR (Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration) is Purdue's required orientation program for new, domestic, first-year, and transfer students. During STAR you spend a full day (7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) attending orientation sessions, meeting your academic advisor, registering for fall semester courses, and getting ready to begin your academic career at Purdue in August. 

For more information and to register for your STAR Date, please visit the main STAR website.

Required Preparation Activities for Your STAR Date

  • Complete the Student Information Form available on MyPurdue's New Student Tab.  Advisors use this information to prepare for your STAR Date registration appointment.  Please have this done 5 days before your STAR Date. 

  • Make sure that you add your Emergency Contact information and confirm your Financial Responsibility statement.  Links to these can be found on the New Student Tab on MyPurdue If you don't complete these, you will not be able to register for classes on your STAR Date

  • All beginning Purdue mathematics courses have SAT or ACT minimum requirements.  If you don't meet either SAT or ACT minimum score, then you will need to take our ALEKS math placement exam in order to take your desired math course at Purdue.  Here's a chart of minimum scores, the beginning math courses, and which majors typically require those courses:
CourseDescriptionSAT MathACT MathALEKS Colleges
MA 13700 Mathematics For Elementary   Teachers I 530 21 45 Education
MA 15300 Algebra And Trigonometry I 530 21 45 Liberal Arts, some Health and   Human Science, Vet Tech
MA 15555 Quantitative Reasoning 530 21 45 Liberal Arts, some Health and   Human Science, some Polytechnic
MA 15800 Pre-calculus 570 24 60 Polytechnic, some Health and   Human Science
MA 16010 Applied Calculus I 620 26 75 Polytechnic, Management,   Agriculture, Pharmacy, Pre-Vet
MA 16100 Plane Analytic   Geometry And Calculus I 670 29 85 Engineering, Science, some Polytechnic, some Agriculture
MA 16500

Optional Preparation Activities for Your STAR Date

  • With your family, brainstorm and write down questions you'd like to ask your academic advisor during your registration meeting.

  • Practice using Purdue's Scheduling Assistant website.  Don't worry - you can't accidentally sign yourself up for classes at this point.  Being familiar with the website beforehand will reduce your stress level when it comes time to register for courses on your STAR Date.  Start at MyPurdue > Registration tab > "Use Scheduling Assistant" link > Select "Fall 2017" > Press the "enter" key when asked to enter your PIN.

  • Sign up for the BoilerGuide app.  It includes a detailed daily schedule for STAR and a campus map (including Google map directions from building to building) and BGR events. During the school year, the BoilerGuide app becomes a key resource for academic help locations and schedules, Purdue library information, and free software training.

  • Investigate Learning Communities!  A Learning Community (LC) combines courses with fun extracurricular activities that build tight friendships and encourage out-of-class learning.  Explorers can participate in Exploratory Studies LC's or many LC's in other colleges!  Be aware that some LC's in other colleges may require 2 - 3 courses to participate.  This will limit the number of courses you can choose in the fall semester.  

  • If you had classroom or debate experience in public speaking during high school, consider testing out of COM 11400 (Public Speaking). The written portion of the COM 11400 (Public Speaking) test-out is offered during each day of STAR from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm in Beering Hall (BRNG), room 1260. If you pass, the spoken portion of the test-out will be offered in the second week of fall semester.  Study guides and other information are available on the COM 11400 test out website

VSTAR for International Students and STAR Exceptions

International students and domestic students receiving exceptions are not required to attend STAR.  However, they are required to complete VSTAR.  The following information will help you understand the academic advising and registration process at Purdue.

Virtual Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR) is Purdue's online course for new undergraduate students who are not able to attend STAR. The course will help students prepare for their fall semester registration meeting in June and July and consequent transition to Purdue in August. 

In preparation of your meeting with your academic advisor please complete VSTAR, which includes the following preparation tasks:

  • Complete the Student Information Form found on the New Student Tab in myPurdue.  Advisors use this information to help you plan the correct fall semester courses. 

  • Make sure that you add your Emergency Contact information and confirm your Financial Responsibility statement.  Links to these can be found on the New Student Tab on MyPurdue.  If you don't complete these, you will not be able to register for classes!

An Exploratory Studies advisor will contact you through your Purdue e-mail to set up a registration appointment.  The registration appointment can take place through Skype, on the phone, or through an instant messaging system.  The advisor will help you select appropriate fall semester courses.  After your registration appointment you will register for your fall semester courses using myPurdue.  Your advisor will send you instructions.

After you sign up for courses, consider adding the BoilerGuide app to your phone.  The BoilerGuide app is your resource for academic help locations and schedules, Purdue library information, free software training, and BGR events. 

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