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All Aboard 2023 for Students

All Aboard, previously known as STAR or VSTAR, is the new name for Purdue's required summer orientation program for beginning and transfer students. It is broken into four steps that cover the period between early May and mid-August.

All Aboard Four-Step Process:

Step 1: Purdue 101

New students are automatically enrolled in this required, self-led virtual module in Brightspace. Here you will learn about campus resources and Purdue’s course planning and advising process.

Step 2: Purdue Advising

Once Step 1 is complete, students will receive an email from their Exploratory Studies academic advisor about scheduling their first advising appointment. During this meeting, advisors will get to know each student, discuss majors of interest, and create a unique list of classes to help meet student goals.

Step 3: Purdue 102

This self-led virtual module in Brightspace focuses on resources related to students’ transition to campus and adjusting to college life. Students are asked to complete this before arriving to Purdue.

Step 4: Purdue Welcome

Students may participate in Boiler Gold Rush, a welcome week orientation program for all new undergraduate students taking place the week before classes begin. Other activities include Band Camp, etc.

Important All Aboard dates:

May 2 Purdue 101 opens for all new students
May 8 First Purdue advising appointments begin
June 2 Purdue 102 opens for summer beginners
June 9 Purdue 101 deadline for summer beginners
June 16 Purdue 102 opens for fall beginners
June 19 Last day for initial advising appointments for summer beginners
June 23 Purdue 101 deadline for fall beginners
July 13 Last day for initial advising appointments for fall beginners
July 31 Last day to register for BGR or BGRi
August 1 Purdue 102 deadline for all students

Additional Resources for Incoming EXPL students:

For more information on the All Aboard orientation process, please visit Purdue Orientation Programs.