Foreign Language Placement Testing

If you missed your chance to place into a foreign language during STAR or maybe, just maybe your college major suddenly changed to one that needs a foreign language, then your time to place into a language has come!

Placement testing for French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Spanish for Heritage Speakers will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 6, 7, and 8, in Stanley Coulter, room 231 (it’s a computer lab).  Russian and Japanese will take about an hour to test; the other languages, just 20 – 30 minutes.  You’ll learn your placement in the language before you leave.

What you’ll need to bring:  A signed Form 231 from your advisor and TWO (2) valid photo identification cards (PUID, state license, and passport are good examples of these).  No pre-registration is required for this placement test.

Other things to know:

  • If you have completed at least 2 years of a language in high school, you must take the placement test in order to continue in that language.  You cannot take the 101 level (because you essentially already completed it in high school)
  • Only one attempt per language is allowed.
  • If you have  AP, dual (high school) credit, or fluency in a language, you cannot take a placement test in that language.

For more information, check out this website:   It also includes the January and April placement test dates if you didn’t feel you were ready next week.

Our Amazing Ambassador Anne

This month’s Ambassador of the Month goes to Anne!


Name : Anne Miltenberger
Year : Senior
Major : Early Childhood Education & Exceptional Needs
Why did you pick Exploratory Studies? : I was a clueless high school senior! My interest were all over the place and I just didn’t think I could deiced on my the rest of my life as an high school student. Picking Exploratory Studies has been the best decision I’ve made at Purdue!
Favorite Food : Apples!
Favorite Place on Campus: I love the John Purdue Fountain. It’s like a little oasis in the rush of the Memorial Mall. It’s a quiet place amid the busy campus.
Favorite Sport : Swimming. I’ve been a swimmer since I was 7 years old.
Fun Facts Time! :  My family is awesome and huge. I have almost 30 cousins!

Best Places to Study #1- Inside Edition

Hey guys, Brandon here! The weather is starting to get chilly and and we are just wrapping up midterms for the semester, so what better time to talk about the best (indoor) places to study!?

I’ve been told countless times by instructors, teaching assistants, and even other students of the importance of having a good place to study that isn’t your room or apartment. If you spend a lot of your time in one room, it’s going to be harder to focus and get your work done in a timely fashion. It helps me to really buckle down and focus when I’m somewhere quiet with few distractions.

For those of you in the res halls, the basements always have great lounge and study areas! Gather your books and your headphones and take a trip down there! You’re close to home still, but don’t have all the distractions that are in your room!

For those of you who are off campus or are looking for somewhere to go between classes, the periodicals (known to many students as “the stacks”) in the back of HSSE library in Stewart is by far my favorite place to go. There are desks along the side of the wall on each floor, and each one has a comfortable chair and bright light along with a large desktop space to spread out!

Next time you’re in your room and just can’t seem to focus, gather up your books and grab a coffee then head to your basement lounge or the stacks and get to work! It might be just what you need to take that B to an A!

SI Team Leader Callouts

Are you darned-near brilliant in your math, science or management courses? :)  Help out your fellow students while gaining leadership experience and a few extra $$.  Callouts for Supplemental Instruction team leaders are next Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 22 and 23) at 6:00 p.m. in POTR 141 (enter through the Potter Library).  For more information, including the type of courses you could lead and GPA requirements, check out their poster: Callout for SI-2014!

A Neat Site to Improve your Financial Literacy!

Although this site was written for future pharmacists in mind, it has a ton of information useful to any college student interested in knowing their way around their own finances:  Also included are links to several great financial literacy and money management websites.  Enjoy and be prosperous!

Spring 2014 Registration Information

It’s that time again.  You know what I mean – it’s Spring Registration time! J 

Remember: Students who have not completed their appointments for September Check-in (for first-semester 2013 freshman and beginning transfers) or the Laying Tracks(for students on academic probation) must do so before a registration appointment will be granted.  Please make an appointment by calling (765) 494-0843.

Everyone else:  Look for an e-mail from your advisor concerning the timing of Spring 2014 registration.  When your advisor says “Go!” call (765) 494-0843  or use the online appointment calendar: to make your registration appointment!   The appointment should last about 30 minutes.  

Here are some answers to questions concerning Spring Registration:  

  • Which classification am I?  View the bottom of this page:   Classification is based on how many hours you’ve earned (passed), either through grade (D- or higher), advanced credit of some variety, or transfer credit.   Courses you are currently taking or have dropped do not count into this classification calculation. 
  • When does my classification register?  How long do I get to register?  General registration date ranges for all classfications are available at  Every classification (priority, seniors, juniors, sophomore, and then freshman) will be given 4.5 – 5.5 days to register. 
  • When exactly do I register?  Depending on your earned hours, you could be beginning your registration several hours earlier or later than your friends.  Your individual Time Ticket – the exact date and time your registration period opens and closes –  is available on MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Registration Status

 The Spring Schedule of Classes is now ready to view on myPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes > Spring 2014.   The new Scheduling Assistant Tool can be used at this point to plan out possible schedules.  However, the process of actually registering the courses themselves has not changed.  You’ll do this through either MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Add or Drop Classes (adding CRNs suggested by Scheduling Assistant) or MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes

As you have questions, contact your Exploratory Studies Advisor!