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Video helps new students register

An updated demonstration video will help new students prepare for their first class registration during STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration).

Formerly known as Day on Campus, STAR, which runs June 16-July 10, is a one-day orientation to Purdue and is mandatory for all new, domestic undergraduate students. As part of STAR, these incoming students will register for fall semester classes using the myPurdue portal after meeting with their academic advisors.

The new demo walks students through the steps to enroll in their first courses, said Dan Carpenter, associate director of the University’s Student Access, Transition and Success Programs (SATS).

“This will be useful to all students, of course,” he said, “but we think it will be particularly helpful to new students. A lot of information is thrown at them during STAR, so showing them how to register beforehand will make it easier to do later.

“They’ll also get more exposure to myPurdue, which they’ll be using throughout their years at Purdue.”

Photo of Tony Krause and Brittany Daniel
Tony Krause (left) and Brittany Daniel recorded the new registration demo. (Photo by Suzanne Ahlersmeyer)

Unlike the original registration demo created for students last year, the new one is conducted and narrated by two students: Tony Krause, a sophomore in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Brittany Daniel, a sophomore in the College of Science. Both are learning community ambassadors, student leaders who were members of learning communities during their first year.

The demo video, developed jointly by SATS and the student systems training team, has been posted on the OnePurdue Web site. Since a valid Purdue Career Account is needed to view this demo, new students will first need to activate their accounts. Instructions on how to do so, in addition to information about accessing the new registration demo, are included in each student’s acceptance letter.

It also is available on iTunes U, a special area of Apple’s iTunes Store that includes recorded lectures and other information from numerous universities. Purdue has an internal iTunes U site called BoilerCast, so its content can accessed only by those with a valid Career Account. Log in to BoilerCast here.

Apple’s iTunes software must be installed on your computer in order to access content on iTunes U. If you are using a University-owned computer and it is not already installed, contact your technical support staff.

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