To give you a feel for BGR, we have included descriptions of a few of the activities & events that occur throughout the week. In order to gain the best experience, BGR participants are expected to attend all events and participate in all activities.
Class and Schedule Tours
Take a personal, guided tour led by one of Purdue's orientation leaders which highlights the location of your own classes and offers priceless student information such as computer lab locations, the best places to study, and more.
Social Events
Experience the Union, complete with music, games, and an all time favorite dance-off competition! You'll also get pumped at the France Cordova Recreational Sports Center with numerous team competitions, swimming, volleyball, basketball, and more! BGR also offers bus trips to local stores that are full of student discounts and fun giveaways!
Boilermaker Pride
Depending on weather, gather at Ross Ade Stadium or Mackey Arena, which features the Purdue tailgate and famous pre-game show, to learn "Hail Purdue," our fight song, and gear up for Big Ten athletics with the cheerleaders, band, and Boilermaker Special. Our Boilermaker athletes are excited to welcome YOU to Purdue!
F r e e Zone
A diversity awareness program developed by current students that not only helps students become more aware of who they are as individuals, but also helps them appreciate and value the differences around them!
Speaker Presentations
Throughout the week, several guest speakers will perform in Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music. Past presenters ranged from the inspirational story of Bernie McGrenahan, to the hot dance moves of Judson Laipply, and we can't forget the downright hilarious relationship doctor, David Coleman, who has kept us laughing all night.
University Resource Fair
Find out what resources are available to you on Purdue's campus by attending the University Resource Fair! Each office or resource will have a table set up during the Academic Picnic, which may include Purdue University Libraries and PUSH.
Welcome to the West Lafayette/Lafayette Community Business Fair
Community partners are excited to see new Boilermakers! From eateries, volunteer opportunities to boutiques to pet shops come see what the West Lafayette/Lafayette area has to offer!
Boilermaker B-Involved Activity Fair
Learn about Purdue's diverse clubs and organizations which will be gathered in one place to help you get involved both on and off campus. With over 900+ organizations there is something for everyone! If your Purdue student organization is interested in participating click here

Interest Sessions
Choose whether to acquire some college study tips, discover more in depth information about a college organization, learn how to use the CityBus, or more in these information sessions.
REACTION sessions
Led by your Team Leader, you will discuss Purdue and the benefits and challenges it presents. You'll also get to know yourself and your team of 10-15 other new students during this time, and, most of all, have FUN!
Classroom Sessions
Classroom Sessions are led by faculty and peers (Superstructors). They are a way for students to get aquainted with important information early in their college careers. Classroom session topics consist of, but are not limited to:
  • Academic Expectations
  • Leadership Development
  • Campus Safety, Health and Wellness
  • Academic Integrity
  • Campus Technology
  • Self-Advocacy Skills

President Mitch Daniels and a host of speakers on Aug. 16, 2016, welcomed about 6,500 new students to Purdue during the annual new student induction ceremony at Mackey Arena.

Other featured speakers were Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity; Geralyn Denger, president of Purdue Student Government; and Brittany Judge, a sophomore and a BGR team leader who participated in BGR as a new student in 2015.

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