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     jan. 30, 2008

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Access to myPurdue helps new students prepare

Newly admitted students can now benefit from myPurdue by using a tab on the portal designed specifically for them.

myPurdue logo“Purdue needs new students to do a number of things to prepare for their first semester,” said Dan Carpenter, associate director of the University’s Student Access, Transition and Success Programs (SATS). “These used to involve a lot of paper forms, manually entering data by Purdue staff, and maintaining separate databases. But with myPurdue, we now have streamlined the process, so it’s essentially one-stop shopping.”

Once an incoming freshman or transfer student has received a letter informing them they have been accepted by Purdue, they must first activate their Career Account. The acceptance letter includes everything they need for this process, during which they will receive their Career Account username. With their username and password, the student can then log in to myPurdue; once they do, they will see the “New Student” tab.

(In myPurdue, a “tab” is an area of the portal that focuses on a distinct subject matter or category of user. In addition to New Student, other tabs visible by students include Home, Academic, Financial and Student Life.)

Although there are several options (hyperlinks) under the New Student tab, most are disabled until the incoming student clicks the top one: Accept your offer of admission. (Detailed instructions are on the Admissions Web site.) Once they have done this (and paid the $100 deposit, or have it waived), the Accept your offer link under the New Student tab will be checked and other links will be active.

(More details and a step-by-step description of how new students obtain access to myPurdue is included another article in this newsletter.)

New students can then register for STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) and Boiler Gold Rush from the New Student tab. Formerly known as Day on Campus, STAR is a one-day orientation to Purdue and is mandatory for all new domestic undergraduate students. (International students are not required to attend STAR.) Boiler Gold Rush is a week-long program held the week before fall classes to acquaint new students with Purdue and campus life.

“Because they use myPurdue’s online course registration system,” Carpenter said, “new students can register for Boiler Gold Rush and choose a date for STAR the same way they’ll later choose their class schedules. This simplifies everything.”

Detailed instructions on how to register for STAR are on the SATS Web site.

Incoming students also can apply for housing and Purdue scholarships — and freshmen will be able to apply to join a learning community — from the New Student tab.

“Now that new students have access to myPurdue, most of what they need to do to prepare for their Purdue career is in one place,” Carpenter said. “This benefits them and our staff, and helps us serve them better.”

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