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All Aboard for Spring Admitted Students

All Aboard, previously known as STAR or VSTAR, is the new name for Purdue's required orientation program for beginning and transfer students. For Spring admitted students, it is broken into four steps that cover the period between early October and early January.

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 Cold Rush, a welcome weekend orientation program, which takes place on January 5 and 6, 2024. Registration for Boiler Cold Rush opens on October 16, 2023.  

Important All Aboard dates:

Oct. 16 Purdue 101 opens; Boiler Cold Rush registration opens
Oct. 16
Purdue advising appointments begin
Dec. 4
Purdue 101 deadline
Dec. 18 Purdue 102 opens
Jan. 2
Last day to register for Boiler Cold Rush
Jan. 5
Purdue 102 deadline
Jan. 5 - 6 Boiler Cold Rush
Jan. 8 Spring 2024 classes begin

Additional Resources for Incoming EXPL students:

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