What is Boiler Gold Rush?

Boiler Gold Rush is a seven-day new student orientation program that takes place the week before classes start each year and is open to all new first-year and transfer students. What makes BGR such a unique experience is the small group size and peer mentor contact, which enable our new students to become better acquainted with Purdue and meet hundreds of new students before classes begin. BGR has one of the largest university volunteer staffs in the country with more than 500 student leaders who work year-round to prepare for the new class of Boilermakers.

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So, what's in it for me?

  • Learn your way around campus
  • Get information about all of the different resources available to students on campus
  • Meet a lot of new people
  • Attend programs that will help you succeed at Purdue
  • Network with Purdue faculty and staff
    Move into your residence hall room a week early and avoid the rush
  • Have FUN!

How do I register?

To register for BGR, simply register online via the myPurdue portal and submit your payment (BGR 2014 has a program fee of $320).   

Once you have registered and paid for the program, we will mail you a confirmation card. You also will receive additional details about the program in late July.

Please Note: We HIGHLY recommend and prefer that you submit your registration information and payment online via the myPurdue portal. Only students who have accepted their offer of admission to Purdue will be able to submit their registration for BGR.

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Are fee waivers or scholarships available for BGR 2014?

A limited number of need-based waivers are available to cover all or part of the $320 fee. The priority deadline for BGR fee waiver requests is May 1st, 2014. These requestors will receive a response through their Purdue email account. Requests submitted after this date will be reviewed periodically. However, decisions may may not be made until after the refund deadline. (See below)

You will receive a decision via your Purdue e-mail account.

To request a BGR fee waiver, contact us at studentsuccess@purdue.edu or call (765) 494-9328. If you email us, please include your FULL name and your PUID number.

NOTE: You must have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) to be considered for a waiver.

Is a refund available if I have to cancel my BGR registration?

In some cases, yes. If you are participating in another mandatory on-campus program that conflicts with Boiler Gold Rush (e.g., Band Camp, PMO retreats/ rehearsals), you may be able to receive a full refund. Contact us at studentsuccess@purdue.edu or (765) 494-9328 to determine if your circumstance qualifies.

Otherwise, the refund schedule is as follows:
Through June 13, 2014 - Full Refund of $320
June 14, 2014 - July 11, 2014 - Partial refund of $160
July 12, 2014 and later - no refund will be available.

*NOTE: You must cancel your BGR registration in order to generate the refund or fee remission (in accordance with these dates). If you do not pay the registration fee at the time of registration and then cancel your BGR registration after the full refund date, you will still be responsible for some, if not all (depending on when you cancel) of the registration fee.

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What to Bring!

There are some things you will want to remember to bring when you come to Purdue. We have put together this handy checklist for you so you don't forget anything!
  • Alarm clock (for waking up)
  • Hangers
  • Comfortable walking shoes (Uncomfortable ones tend to be, well, uncomfortable)
  • Address book
  • Stereo, VCR and TV
  • CDs, DVDs, videos
  • Soap, shampoo, and any other toiletries you may find necessary
  • Contacts and solution, or glasses
  • Umbrella and/or raincoat
  • Prescriptions for medications or otherwise
  • Clothes for not just warm, but also cool weather
  • Camera and film
  • Backpack or bookbag of choice
  • Pictures and other personal room decorating objects
  • Linens (comforter, bedspread, sheets and towels)
  • Fan (the bigger, the better)