Move-in and Final Details

Welcome to Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)! 

We are excited that you will be joining us for the Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) new student orientation program, which will take place Aug. 14-18, 2018. BGR is sponsored by Student Success Programs, which is a part of the Office of the Provost. Attending BGR the week before classes begin is your first step toward a successful experience at Purdue. Throughout the week of BGR, you will have the opportunity to meet over 85 percent of the new students attending Purdue this fall, as well as several hundred current Purdue students who will help guide you throughout the week as you adjust to your new “home-away-from home.” Please read all of the information below very carefully! Once you've read the information in its entirety, you may revisit this page and navigate to specific sections listed below:

Check-in details for on-campus students

On-Campus participant means that you are living in University Residences. You will check in to your assigned housing at the time you selected on myPurdue: Monday, Aug. 13 OR Tuesday, Aug. 14). If you do not know your move-in time, please contact the front desk of your residence hall. A list of residence halls may be found on the University Residences websitePlease show up to your assigned housing during your assigned time.     

Check-in details for off-campus students

Participants who do not live within University Residences are considered off-campus participants. You will check-in on Monday, Aug. 13 or Tuesday, Aug. 14. Off-campus participants will receive additional check-in details at a later date. 

Team Leader

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, you will meet your Team Leader (a current Purdue student) and the group of 10-15 other new students who will serve as your “team.” Together you will participate in team building activities, attend all activities and events and get to know other new students. Most importantly, you will learn a great deal about Purdue and have a lot of fun! The BGR schedule runs from around 8 a.m. until at least 11 p.m. every day, so please plan to actively participate and be very busy. 


Purdue wants your BGR experience to be totally accessible. We recognize the different environments you will be experiencing during these events may impact your ability to access and fully participate in different ways. We would encourage students with disabilities to contact us as soon as possible so that we may develop plans with you to provide access. Please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) before BGR begins at 765-494-1247 or email and identify that you are participating in Boiler Gold Rush. If during your BGR experience you discover an unforeseen barrier to your participation, please bring this to the attention of your trained student leader or BGR staff. We take accessibility seriously and welcome your input. 

Food allergies

Campus Dining Courts take food allergies into consideration and individuals are encouraged to contact a trained dining administrator with questions at Individuals can also refer to the NetNutrition website to identify allergens in dining court foods. Purdue University is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus community and offers numerous resources to employees, students and visitors who may need additional assistance while attending, visiting and/or working for the University. For more information on these resources (i.e., Campus Accessibility Guide, accessible parking, etc.), please visit Purdue's Disability Resource Center (DRC) website. 

BGR Social Media

Check us out and join us on the following social media outlets: Boiler Gold Rush FacebookBoiler Gold Rush Twitter pageInstagram (@boilergoldrush) and Snapchat (@boilergoldrush). Follow us as we feature up-to-the-moment information, programmatic updates and answers to your questions. Post a selfie on your social media and put the #BGRSelfie! Tag us @boilergoldrush and you may see some of your pictures during the week of BGR! 

Want to view the schedule on your smartphone? Download our BoilerGuide app to see the most up-to-date BGR schedule as well as see some other resources you can use throughout the year! 

Parents and other family members may join the 2018 Admitted Purdue Families Facebook page to connect with other parents and Purdue staff. 

Things to Bring

There are some things that you will want to remember to bring when you come to Purdue. We’ve put together this handy checklist for you so you don’t forget anything! 

  • Hangers
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Television (CDs & DVDs)
  • Soap, shampoo, and any other toiletries you use
  • Contacts, contact solution, glasses, sunglasses
  • Umbrella, raincoat, rain boots, shower shoes for residence halls
  • Clothes for warm and cool weather
  • Phone charger/USB and HDMI hookups
  • Backpack/book bag
  • Photos to decorate your living space
  • Linens (comforter or bedspread, sheets, towels)
  • A fan (you may need it!)
  • Please do not bring your own wireless router. Wi-Fi is provided in each residence hall, and personal wireless routers may interfere with its performance. 


What happens during Boiler Gold Rush? 
We have all sorts of activities planned for the program. You will be busy from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on most days. Some of the highlights of BGR 2018 include: Boiler Up Rally, An Up-Close Look at Athletics, classroom experiences, Boiler Bridge Bash, BInvolved Fair and a trip to Meijer for fun and games. 

What should I wear during Boiler Gold Rush? 
You will be doing a lot of walking throughout the week, so you will want to wear comfortable shoes. August in Indiana is often very hot in the summer, so be sure to wear shorts and T-shirts. We will be doing a range of activities, which include walking to and from dining courts and around the academic part of campus, sitting on the lawn at the Memorial Mall and participating in various sports competitions at the Recreational Sports Center. Be sure to wear things that allow you to participate in a variety of activities.

Do I have to attend all the sessions during Boiler Gold Rush? 
You are expected to attend all of the BGR events. We encourage you to take advantage of all the great things we have planned for the week.

If I am living off-campus, will I be in a group with other off-campus students?  
Off-campus students are put into groups with other off-campus and on-campus students. It’s important during BGR to meet a variety of different people!   

If I am living in a University residence hall, will I be in a group with my roommate?
Teams are done at random based on your area of living. You will have peers on your team from your residence hall and halls close to yours. You may even have some off-campus students too! It’s important to meet and greet with all kinds of peers during BGR. Your roommate may or may not be on your team! 

Will I need extra money for Boiler Gold Rush?
There are no additional costs associated with the BGR program other than those described above, unless of course you purchase items on store run (Meijer)!

Where do I park during Boiler Gold Rush if I am living off campus? 
When you arrive for check-in, you will park at Ross Ade. During the week of BGR, you can park at the Recreational Sports Center or Ross Ade parking lots. Please see the campus map here on where these locations are on campus. Parking permits are relaxed in these two locations during the week of BGR (so you will not need a parking permit to park in these two locations). Once you meet your team leader, you will identify spots each day to meet up with your team! 

How do I get a parking permit for the school year? 
Check out the parking website for your options or drop by to ask any questions after you check-in. (Parking Services, Purdue West Shopping Plaza, 1404 W. State St., 765-494-9494).

When do my meals start? Who do I eat with?
Meals for BGR will begin for Honors College at dinner on Sunday, Aug. 12 and everyone else Monday, Aug. 13 at lunch. If you are in the area and want to come to campus for a meal on Monday and Tuesday, please do! You must have your PUID to get into the dining court. Once you are checked in to BGR, you will be required to go to a specific dining court based on your wristband color. You will get more information on this when you check-in. 

You will meet your team leader Tuesday night after dinner at Meet the Teams. Starting Wednesday, you will eat with your team leader and team. You will receive your Meet the Team information when you check-in to BGR. 

Keep in mind your meals are included in the BGR fee, so if you bring anyone with you on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday they will pay the following at the door of the dining court (plus tax):

  • Breakfast $6.50
  • Lunch $9.75
  • Dinner $9.75 

What should I do before I arrive for BGR? 
Besides packing and preparing for the start of school, we hope that you took a few minutes to complete the Pre-Arrival Homework in Blackboard. You should have received an email regarding instructions on completing this experience at your Purdue email account. All topics will be discussed during BGR; however, there is one topic that directed you to do an assessment. Did you complete the myStrengths Assessment in the Leadership and Professional Development section? If not, please do before you arrive to BGR. You do not want to be the only one in your team that did not complete it!

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