August 2015 Newsletter

Dear parents and families,

As you and your family prepare for the start of the school year, whether it's your Boilermaker's first semester or their last, remember that you play an important role in their success.

This spring, the Gallup-Purdue Index found a direct correlation between six key campus experiences and a student's likelihood of graduating on time and with a sense of preparedness for life after college. These "Big Six" factors are:

  1. Having a professor who makes them excited about learning
  2. Having a professor who cares about them as a person
  3. Having a mentor who encourages them to pursue their dreams
  4. Working on a project that takes a semester or longer to complete
  5. Finding a job or internship that allows them to apply what they learn in the classroom
  6. Participating in extracurricular activities

In short, students who take the time to interact with their professors and seek out opportunities to gain hands-on experience outside the classroom do better in college and in life after graduation.

Your student will find "Big Six" resources ready for the taking at Purdue. As a parent or family member, encouraging them to seek out these opportunities is a meaningful way that you can support them. Encourage them to get to know their professors by stopping by during their office hours or volunteering to participate in their research. If your student is looking for an internship, suggest they talk with their advisor or the Center for Career Opportunities for help finding a position that will put their academic knowledge into practice. And of course, encourage them to make friends and join an extracurricular club or organization if they haven't already done so.

Our campus abounds in opportunity, possibility and knowledge ready for the taking. I hope you will encourage your student to take advantage of it all. Thank you for building a solid foundation of support for our students to succeed, and for continuing to support them as they begin a new academic year.


Mitch Daniels

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

Purdue Trustees Approve Tuition Freeze for West Lafayette

The Executive Committee of Purdue University's Board of Trustees on Wednesday (May 27) approved a tuition freeze for the West Lafayette campus through the 2016-17 academic year. More.

David Hummels Named Krannert School of Management Dean

David Hummels, an expert in international economics, has been named dean of Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, effective immediately. More.

Sermersheim Named Dean of Students at Purdue

Katherine "Katie" Sermersheim has been named Purdue's dean of students, effective Aug. 1. Sermersheim will report to Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life. More.

Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life Welcomes You

On behalf of the Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative community, welcome to Purdue University! We are very excited to have you and your student join the Boilermaker family. We surely hope the next four years will bring incredible opportunities to learn and grow. More.

Purdue Partners with Cities to Extend Campus Wi-Fi into Parts of Lafayette, West Lafayette

Thanks to a partnership between Purdue and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette, students, faculty and staff may now access Purdue's wireless network in any location where the cities provide public Wi-Fi, including State Street, downtown Lafayette, and Happy Hollow Park. More.

Purdue Parent & Family Programs HelpLine Now Available

Purdue Parent & Family Programs is excited to announce the opening of the Parent & Family HelpLine – a new way for parents and family members to connect with Parent & Family Programs! The Parent & Family Programs staff can be reached at 1-844-228-0449 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or by emailing Parents and family members are invited to contact the HelpLine whenever they have a question or concern – large or small. Parent & Family Programs staff will help to answer your questions and put you in touch with the appropriate individuals, if necessary. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Rhythm of College Life — August & September

Certain times of the academic year tend to be universally challenging to students. Families who understand the ups and downs of the academic year are better able to coach their students to navigate these changes. More.

Our Thanks

Last year over a thousand parents gave $85,000 to the Purdue Parent Fund in the Office of Student Life. Your generosity is appreciated by the students and all of us in Parent and Family Programs. Thank you for supporting programs and experiences that directly contribute to our students' success, safety and well-being on campus. We will keep you updated on those programs and experiences throughout the year in our newsletter and on our website.


Boiler Gold Rush International

Sending your child off to college can be an emotional event. Visiting campus and attending STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) with your student can help make that final farewell at BGR (Boiler Gold Rush) just a little bit easier.  More.

Boiler Gold Rush

Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) is a new student orientation program that will take place from Aug. 18-22 and is open to all new first-year and transfer students. More.

Family Weekend

We invite all Purdue families to join us on campus for Family Weekend from Sept. 18-20, 2015! Family Weekend provides the opportunities for students and their families to engage in the campus community together through a variety of events and activities. Please visit the Family Weekend website for a schedule of events. It is important to note that the Parent & Family Boilermaker BBQ and the Family Weekend Brunch require advance online reservations. Please feel free to direct any questions to Parent & Family Programs at 1-844-228-0449 or by emailing

Purdue Convocations

Purdue Convocations to feature music, opera, a technology symposium, dance and more!

View all events at

Piano Dedication Recital

Friday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m.

Purdue's new Steinway D concert grand piano will be inaugurated during this season-opening dedication recital featuring Eric Zuber & Sean Chen.

Met Opera Rising Stars

Friday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.

The Met Opera Rising Stars Concert Series will feature popular arias, duets and ensembles by opera's greatest composers performed by a truly remarkable roster of young artists. 

Dawn or Doom 2

Thursday, Sept. 24-Friday, Sept. 25 (Free).

Dawn or Doom 2. The highly vaunted symposium returns for a second edition to investigate questions surrounding our digital privacy, space travel and more. 

Cumbia All Stars

Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.

The Cumbia All Stars is a supergroup comprised of luminaries from Peru's legendary cumbia bands. Arrive early for a cumbia dance lesson in the PMU Ballroom!


Aug. 14-18: Boiler Gold Rush International

Aug. 17 & 18: Boiler Gold Rush Move-In

Aug. 17: 1-1:30 p.m. & 4:30-5 p.m. Parent & Family Welcome Presentations — more information at

Aug. 18: 2-3:30 p.m. Parent & Family Welcome Reception — more information at

Aug. 18-22: Boiler Gold Rush

Aug. 24: First Day of Classes

Aug. 24: Full payment due if Purdue financial aid is NOT being used. Installment plans should be set up prior to the first day of classes to avoid cancellation.

Aug. 31: Deadline for students to confirm enrollment in their myPurdue account. 

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