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Straight Talk from Purdue Parents

The Purdue Parents Steering Committee offers some helpful answers to common questions that many Purdue families have. ...


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Choosing Purdue

  • Why did your student choose Purdue?
  • What was your first impression of Purdue’s campus?

Selecting extracurricular activities

  • How did your student benefit from involvement in activities outside the classroom?
  • What was your student's most beneficial activity during their freshman year?

Adapting to your student’s departure from home

  • Describe your experience as parents of a first-year college student.
  • How did you avoid becoming overly involved “helicopter” parents?
  • What advice would you pass along to other out-of-state parents?
  • How do you stay in contact with your student at Purdue?
  • How often do you contact (text, call, Facebook, visit, etc.) your student?
  • What has been the biggest challenge for your student and you?
  • What is the best way for parents to keep up with the news and upcoming events at Purdue?
  • What is your best advice to other Purdue parents?
  • What words of wisdom would you like to share with new international parents?

Student life

  • How have your students’ experiences at Purdue been similar and different?
  • What has been your student’s best or most memorable experiences at Purdue?
  • How did your student(s) decide where to live on campus?
  • What does your student enjoy most about Purdue?
  • How did your student make Purdue seem smaller, considering the student body is almost 40,000?
  • Did your student benefit from Purdue’s STAR (orientation) program?

Preparation for and entering the real-world

  • What did your student do while at Purdue to help them find a job after graduation?
  • What opportunities did your student take advantage of to obtain summer work and internship programs?
  • How did Purdue prepare your student for success in life after graduation?
  • Any words of wisdom for the parents of students who are preparing for graduation?
  • Why did your student decide to continue her education as a graduate student at Purdue?

Visiting Purdue

  • What activities do you enjoy when visiting Purdue?
  • What hidden gem have you found at Purdue that other parents should know about or experience?

Purdue Pride

  • What is your favorite thing about Purdue?
  • Your family has a long legacy at Purdue. What does that mean to you?
  • What is your overall impression of Purdue?