Programs and Events


Parent & Family Connections has a toll-free helpline as a way for families to contact the department directly. Parent & Family Connections can be contacted by emailing or by calling (844) 228-0449 Monday–Friday 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EST. If you call and are unable to connect directly to a staff member, please leave us a detailed message and we will return your call.

Student Transition and Registration (STAR)

This is Purdue’s program for new undergraduate students to receive academic advice and create their initial course schedule during the summer before their first semester. Incoming fall term and Summer Start students will select their one-day STAR session and come to the West Lafayette campus to conduct this and other important business. While your student is meeting with their advisor and scheduling their fall classes, parents will have their own orientation provided by Parent & Family Connections.

Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)/ Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) Parent & Family Events

Parent & Family Welcome Presentations, a reception, and the New Student & Family Induction are opportunities for you to learn more and orient yourself to the Purdue community when you move your student to campus.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend, held each year during a Purdue home football game weekend, gives you the opportunity to visit your student on campus while engaging in events and activities. The dates for Family Weekend is announced each year in mid-April. Once available, information on registering for events is sent to subscribers to the Parent & Family monthly newsletter and posted on the Parent & Family Facebook Page.

Parent & Family Volunteer Network

This network is designed to give parents and family members a meaningful and enjoyable way to become more active in the Purdue community. By participating in the Parent & Family Volunteer Network you become more connected to the Boilermaker community, meet other parents, and contribute to student success. Volunteer opportunities range from a one-time commitment to several great opportunities throughout the year, with various, flexible options. More information is on the Parent & Family website.

Ride Board

Purdue Parent & Family Connections offers a Facebook group that serves as a ride-sharing tool for parents or family members seeking rides or carpools for themselves or their Purdue students. Ride boards are commonly utilized for University breaks and traveling to and from a student’s hometown. In order to participate, parents or family members of Purdue students must request to join “Purdue Parent & Family Connections Ride Board” on Facebook. Group administrators will review all requests and may communicate with you to verify your student’s status. Once accepted to the group, please review the Disclaimer and Terms of the page before participating in the Ride Board. Purdue Parent & Family Connections is pleased to partner with you to make the road to get your student to and from Purdue a little bit easier!

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