October 2015 Newsletter

The Rhythm of College – October

Certain times of the academic year tend to be universally challenging to students, while other times are times of great joy and accomplishment.  Families who understand the ups and downs of the academic year are better able to coach their students to navigate these challenges.  During the month of October, there are several common issues that students face, such as:

  • Roommate issues begin to arise
  • First illness away from home
  • Students may question: “Do I fit in here?”
  • First test grades returned
  • Midterm exams
  • Relationships from home remain strong
  • Consequences of decision making experienced
  • Returning home or staying on campus for Fall Break

Families can help their students through this transition by helping students to make good decisions and encouraging students to use campus resources such as their academic advisor, the Academic Success Center, Purdue University Student Health (PUSH), the Advocacy and Support Center and/or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  Conversation starters for the month of September include:

  • What can you do differently on your next test of paper to earn an even better grade?
  • When do you plan to meet with your professors during their office hours?
  • What events have you attended?

Questions about how to best support your student’s success at Purdue?  Please contact Parent & Family Programs! Our HelpLine is available at parents@purdue.edu and by calling 1-844-228-0449 between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Featured Stories

Second Gallup-Purdue Index Released

The second national Gallup-Purdue Index identified stark differences in graduates of public, private and for-profit colleges when asked if their degree was worth the cost and raised questions across all institutions about the value of a college degree. The survey also found student loan debt had a significant impact on respondents’ post-graduation plans and confirmed 2014 survey results that highlight the importance of supportive relationships between professors and students and the value of internships and other work experiences. More.

Purdue Parents Fund

Starting October 13th, some of our undergraduates will be calling you to share information about the Purdue Parents Fund and the many great opportunities for giving to the fund. The Parents Fund support departments, programs, and initiatives which significantly contribute to student safety, health, and well-being on campus. If you receive a call, we hope you will enjoy talking with the student caller and learning more about the Parents Fund.  Colton Withers, one of our Directors of Development for Student Life, may also be reaching out to you later this fall with more information about how you can become further involved at Purdue.

University Residences Support Center Holds Grand Opening

University Residences held a grand opening for its UR Support Center on September 17th, outside the center's first-floor Shreve Hall location. More.

Amazon is the Official Bookstore of Purdue University

Amazon@Purdue offers Purdue students Free One-Day Shipping to the campus area on textbooks and other required course materials. More.


Look for more information in the November newsletter.

Center for Career Opportunities

There are a number of upcoming workshops and career fairs this semester. More.


Looking for something to do when you come to visit your Boilermaker? There are still a number of great events happening this month!


October 12-13, October Break

November 25-28, Thanksgiving Vacation

December 12, Classes End

December 14-19, Final Exams

December 20, Commencement

January 11, Spring Semester Begins

See the full 2015-2016 academic calendar

University Residences

Housing contract renewal for current residents opens November 4

Last year 44.9% of our residents decided to return to UR for another year. Evidence clearly indicates that students living on campus are more successful academically, more involved with student activities, have more leadership opportunities, and graduate sooner than their off-campus peers. More.

Executive in Residence

University Residences is entering the second year of the executive-in-residence program. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with an executive from a Fortune 500 companies or a highly successful entrepreneur. More.

Important Dates

Students are able to stay in their rooms during Fall Break with revised dining hours. For more information on other upcoming breaks click here.

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