Purdue Promise program information for new students, including an overview of the program, eligibility requirements, information on confirming the Purdue Promise award, and the pre-STAR checklist can be found here.

Meet with Purdue Promise Staff to Sign a Contract

To receive their Purdue Promise award students must sign a contract that indicates their agreement to participate in the Purdue Promise support program.

Where: Stanley Coulter (SC) G030

When: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM; STAR Ambassadors will point them our direction based on their tracks

Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) and other Orientation Programs

  • BGR

    Purdue Promise students are required to participate in BGR. Students should not pay the $320 fee. Purdue Promise pays BGR fees after students sign their contract.

    Register: Sign up on the New Student tab in myPurdue.

  • Band Camp, Purdue Musical Organizations, and Athletics

    Students participating in Band Camp, Purdue Musical Organization’s pre-season camp, and fall sports through Purdue Athletics may receive exemptions to the BGR requirement for Purdue Promise. They can request this during their STAR meeting with Purdue Promise staff. Purdue Promise will also cover costs associated with Band Camp and Purdue Musical Organization’s pre-season camp.

  • Other Orientation Programs and Conflicts

    If students feel they cannot participate in BGR due to other orientation programs and/or personal conflicts, they should contact Michelle Ashcraft at mashcraf@purdue.edu or discuss the conflict with a Purdue Promise staff member at STAR before signing their contract. Common conflicts we can discuss and/or make alternate arrangements for include but are not limited to:

    • State Fair participation
    • Family vacations
    • New employee training for on-campus employment

GS 197

  • All first-year Purdue Promise students are required to take GS 197. This course is 1 credit and meets once per week. More information can be found here and here.
  • It is VERY IMPORTANT that advisors and students do not drop GS 197 students’ schedules during STAR. If changes need to be made due to scheduling conflicts, please contact Michelle Ashcraft at mashcraf@purdue.edu or 765-494-6357.

Learning Communities

Beginning fall 2015 there is no longer a learning community requirement for Purdue Promise first-year students, and there is no longer a Purdue Promise learning community option.

New Purdue Promise students are highly encouraged apply other learning community options. Should students be interested in applying for an additional learning community during STAR you can assist them by contacting the Learning Communities staff to have the student placed during STAR.

Info: Click here to view learning community profiles.

Space: Click here to view learning communities that have available space.

Apply: Click here to have students apply for additional learning communities.