Summer Start FAQs

What is Summer Start?

Purdue Summer Start is a five-week, credit-bearing summer session that is scheduled before the start of a student’s freshman year at Purdue. This program is designed to give students a jumpstart on their college career. Students join a community, participate in activities, explore campus and take classes to earn credit towards their degree.

Who can be in Summer Start?

Some students received an offer from Purdue stating they are required to complete Summer Start as a condition of their admission offer. However, incoming freshmen who have accepted their offer of admission for Fall 2017 may request to switch to Summer Start by submitting the “Switch to Summer Start” form under the Application Reply Forms tab of their admissions application portal (when logging in, use the email address you provided on your admission application, not your address). Summer Start is available on a first-come-first-served basis to domestic students only. In addition, students in some majors/programs are not eligible. If you do not see the form on your application portal and have questions about your eligibility, you may contact Summer Start.

How does Summer Start benefit students?

This more relaxed and intimate environment provides students a chance to adjust to college living and to the rigor of college-level classes. Students also develop strong connections through the Summer Start community of support and activities on campus.

What are the dates?

The five-week Summer Start session spans July 10-August 11, 2017. Move in is anytime between July 6-9 and there is a required orientation the afternoon of Saturday, July 8. Check out our important dates and deadlines page for more information.

Where will I live?

You and other students enrolled in the program will live in Harrison Hall. You will have air conditioning!  You must sign and complete a housing contract after it opens on December 12th. Check out our housing page for more information.

How much does it cost?

You can find this information on the Costs and Aid page.

Which courses will I take?

You will be enrolled in seven credits during the program, which equates to two 90-minute classes Monday-Friday and one freshman seminar course that will meet three times each week for an hour. You can read more by clicking here.

What happens if I’m not successful in my Summer Start courses?

Students who perform poorly in their Summer Start courses will be able to register for and attend fall classes. They will receive help from our qualified faculty and staff to get back on track. Performance in the fall coursework will be subject to Purdue’s probation policy.

Is there anything required of a Summer Start student besides coursework?

No. However, the $1,000 scholarship mentioned in the Costs and Aid  section of our website will have various out-of-class requirements such as attending informational sessions and activities for those students who are required to be a part of Summer Start as a condition of their admission offer. The schedule of these events and activities will be sent to students a few weeks prior to the start of class.

Can I have a job while doing Summer Start?

We highly discourage trying to maintain employment during the five-week Summer Start session. Completing seven college credits for the first time in a compressed format is a difficult task but one that you can do if utilizing the resources available and the time structured around class to study. However, given the fact that you are on campus five weeks earlier than the rest of Purdue students, you will have time to find and secure a fall employment opportunity. Check out this website for links to popular on-campus employment sites. 

Do I need to register for STAR and/or BGR?

You are required to attend the Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) program on or before Friday, July 7, 2017.  This is the program that will allow you to meet your academic advisor and register for fall classes (we will take care of summer registration for you – as explained on the courses page).  You are also expected to register yourself for Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) – Purdue’s orientation week that takes place between the end of Summer Start and the beginning of fall courses.

Can I have my car on campus?

During Summer Start, yes you can have a car. There are still some areas where you cannot park but we will make that clear to you in the move-in packet and orientation. As for the fall and spring semesters, you will have to put into a lottery for a parking permit as a freshman. More information can be found here.

Will I have help after Summer Start is over?

Yes! Purdue’s Academic Success Center will be there for you, and our consultation and coaching services will be available to all in the summer and to those of you whose academic portfolio suggests this help would be useful during the rest of your tenure at Purdue.

How do I pay for tuition?

You can pay online at the Bursar's Office website.  More information can be found on our Costs and Aid page.

Who do I contact with other questions?

You can contact us directly by phone at 765-496-3780 or email us at

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