Move-in and Final Details

Welcome to Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi)! 

We are excited that you will be joining us for the BGRi, and later for Boiler Gold Rush (BGR), new student orientation programs, which will take place from Aug. 10-14, 2018. Attending BGRi and BGR the week before classes begin is your first step toward a successful experience at Purdue and in the United States. 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:

Move-in details

You will move in to your permanently assigned residence hall room beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 through noon on Saturday, Aug. 11. Please remember that you cannot check-in to your assigned residence hall until 8 a.m. on August 10. If you are off-campus, it is your responsibility to contact your apartment about your move-in and schedule that on your own. If living on-campus (within University Residences) a list of residence halls may be found by clicking on the name of your residence hall.

Click here to view interactive maps featuring specific paths into campus depending on students' residence hall assignments. For step-by-step instructions, click on the arrow icon in the upper left-hand corner of the map associated with your hall. Please note that each map highlights three individual routes into campus, depending on which direction you are heading (65 North, 65 South, or 231 South).

Upon arriving to campus you should report to Krach Leadership Center, first floor, to check in to BGRi, receive your PUID card. Afterward, you can report to your residence hall or off campus housing to move in. A BGRi Team Leader will direct you to your residence hall if you are living on campus, and they will be available at each residence hall to help you move in.


Students living in University Residences will use their Purdue University ID card (PUID), which they will get at BGRi check-in at Tarkington Hall, to get into the dining courts and access residence hall doors. Students living off campus will receive a temporary card to use until you have completed your Mandatory International Student Check-in (MISCi) session. You must have your PUID with you at all times to eat during BGRi. If you have not uploaded your photo for your ID, please do so by visiting the ID card website. Please do this before you arrive in the United States so that it is ready for you to pick up when you arrive for BGRi. 

*You must have your PUID to get into the dining court.

Friday, Aug. 10 (BGRi): Lunch and dinner provided
Saturday, Aug. 11 (BGRi): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Sunday, Aug. 12 (BGRi): Breakfast and lunch provided (dinner not in dining court)
Monday, Aug. 13 (BGRi): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Tuesday, Aug. 14 (BGRi/BGR): Breakfast, lunch provided. BGR begins, dinner provided
Wednesday, Aug. 15 (BGR): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Thursday, Aug. 16 (BGR):  Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Friday, Aug. 17 (BGR): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Saturday, Aug. 18 (BGR): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided

Team Leader

You will receive an email from your Team Leader early August. Your BGRi Team Leader International is also your BGR Team Leader! Together with your leader and team, 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 the United States and have a lot of fun! The BGRi schedule runs from around 8 a.m. until close to 10 p.m. every day, so please plan to actively participate and be very busy. Click here to view the full tentative schedule of events for the week of BGRi. If you actively participate in all of our events, we guarantee that you will not regret your decision to attend BGRi 2018.

Parents, Families & Guests

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR) has a wonderful program for international parents and families. Programming will begin on Friday, Aug. 10. It is internationally focused and very useful for new parents and families. If your parents or families want to participate, make sure that they registered through your MyPurdue Portal. Check-in for parents and families will be at the same location as your check-in: Krach Leadership Center, 1st Floor Lobby. If your parents/families/guests eat in the dining court with you they will be asked to pay at the door the following price for breakfast ($6.50 plus tax) and for lunch and dinner ($9.75 plus tax.) 


Since you are a new international student to the United States, it is important that you make sure you have all of the proper paperwork. To review the paperwork you will need, take a look at the International Students and Scholars Guidebook. Please bring a document that has your Purdue identification number on it to check into BGRi and your on-campus housing! Purdue will need it to verify your identity. An example of a document with your Purdue identification number is your admission letter. 


Purdue wants your BGRi and BGR experiences 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 Facebook, Boiler Gold Rush Twitter page, Instagram (@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!


Want to view the schedule on your smartphone? Download BoilerGuide to see the most up-to-date BGR schedule as well as see some other resources you can use throughout the year! You will find all the events, locations and details of everything we are doing. Your team leader will also have all of this information. If you do not have a smartphone and need a simplified schedule, please contact Student Success Programs. The BGRi schedule is also posted online


Q. What are we doing during Boiler Gold Rush International?
We have all sorts of activities planned for the program. You will be busy from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on most days. Some of the highlights of BGRi 2018 include: an Opening Ceremony to start BGRi, a soccer (or football as you might call it in your country) tournament, a welcome from your college, store runs to get bank accounts, basic necessities, and cell phone supplies, and academic and cultural programming to help learn about the American classroom and Purdue culture.

Q. What should I wear during Boiler Gold Rush International?
You will be doing a lot of walking throughout the week so you will want to wear comfortable shoes. It will probably be very hot during the week so be sure to bring shorts and t-shirts. We will be doing a range of activities, which include walking back and forth between the residence halls and the academic part of campus, sitting in the grass, and participating in sporting activities.

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

Q. Will I need extra money for Boiler Gold Rush International?
There are no additional costs associated with the BGRi program other than the $320 BGR fee. Unless of course you purchase items on store runs! They will have great student discounts during these events! BGRi store runs will include shopping to Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy.

Q. Am I in a group with my roommate?
Teams are created 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 BGRi and BGR. Your roommate may or may not be on your team!

Q. What should I do before I arrive to BGRi?
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. 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 so before you arrive to BGRi. You do not want to be the only one in your team that did not complete it!

Common Bond

Want to get ahead of the madness and learn the Common Bond dance we created? Common Bond means something everyone can do together! Watch our YouTube video to check it out!

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