Pre-Professional Events (Law, Pre-Med, & Pre-Vet)

If you are interested in Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, or anything else Pre-, we strongly encourage you to sign up for the Center for Pre-Professional Advising Newsletter.  There are lots of opportunities to hear from visiting professional and alumni, but only if you stay in the know!  Here are some upcoming events:

  • February 4: AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair. 12:00 – 8:00 pm EST. Meet representatives from 25 medical schools to learn more about their programs. Free, but registration is required.
  • February 9: Tips, Myths and the Big Picture: Advice from Dental School Admissions Officers webinar. 12:30 – 1:30 pm Eastern. Register here.
  • February 16: Appeals on Wheels. 1:00 pm in the Ivy Tech Auditorium (on Creasy Lane in Lafayette). The public is invited to watch as the Indiana Court of Appeals hears the oral argument in a case. After the oral argument, judges take questions from the audience. Don’t miss this chance to see an appellate court up close and ask questions about the appellate court system!

Last Day to Drop Courses with a “W” only (Feb. 8)

If you are a sophomore or older (that is, you’ve earned 30 or more credit hours, not counting your spring courses), then February 8, 2016 is the last day you can drop a course with a “W” only (and an advisor’s signature).

Between February 8th and March 11th, sophomores and older can still drop courses, but an instructor’s signature is required.  Plus, the instructor will indicate whether you are passing at the time of drop (“W”) or failing (“WF”).  Fortunately, neither a “W” or “WF” affects your GPA.  A “WF” trumps an “F” in a course any day!

If you are a freshman (that is, you’ve earned 29 or fewer credit hours so far), then you have until March 11th to drop a course, earning a “W”  with only an advisor’s signature needed (no instructor signature required).

If you need to drop a course, please contact your academic advisor.  He or she will meet with you to make sure that your dropped course will have no unintended consequences.  The advisor will then create and sign the drop form.  If an instructor’s signature is needed, that’s the next step.  The last step is to take the form to the Registrar’s office in Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing.

Discounted Microsoft Software and other Tech Goodies

There are 4 ways to get free or discounted software at Purdue through ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue):

1) Computer Labs:  ITaP computers are stocked with all sorts of software goodies that you can use for free.  To find a computer lab, see if computers are available (cool interactive map), or how much money is left in your print quota, check out the ITaP Instructional Labs page.

2) Go Remote: This allows you to “borrow” software for a limited time using Purdue’s license.  Start at and then log in using your Purdue Career account.  If your computer does not already have Citrix software on it, you will have to download it from this site before being able to borrow software.

3) Purchase:  ITaP’s Software Licensing and Distribution works with different vendors to procure a discounted software rate.  Of interest to Mac users might be the discounted Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 for only $20!  Adobe Creative Cloud for ETLA and Parallels (Microsoft Desktop for Mac) are also available at massively discounted prices.

4) No Charge: The University also sponsors the licensing fees for some student software, such as SAS, virus scans, JMP, NVivo, etc.  As students are moving to Office 365 for their e-mail, they also benefit from the rest of the Office 365 suite.

Biology Help Room

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, January 21, 2016: 

The Biology Help Room located within the Biology Resource Center (Lilly B-401) has tutors available to help with first- and second-year biology courses during the following times:

  • Monday – Thursday:                9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday:                                      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tutors who speak Mandarin Chinese are available during the following times:

  • Monday          10:30am –   1:00pm
  • Tuesday            3:00pm –   5:00pm
  • Wednesday      1:00pm –   3:00pm
  • Thursday        10:30am –   1:00pm
  • Friday                9:00am – 11:00am

The rest of the BRC including the student lounge is open 24/7.  For more information, TA schedules, and listings of specific resources, check out the Biology Resource Center page!

Academic Help Resources Here!

Well, now that the first few weeks are over, you all have a good idea of which classes are going to be a breeze and which ones are, well, going to be a slogger.  Never fear – there are plenty of help resources on campus for every type of student!

A great primary resource for academic help is Student Success’s awesome site:  Workshops, free tutoring, tutoring for a fee, Help Room location and hours, Supplemental Instruction group learning sessions, and the BoilerGuide app to help you keep track of all of it.

Knowing about resources is your first step.  Using them consistently is the next step.  If one resource isn’t working for you, try another.  True learning is difficult – intelligence is something you build, not some fixed entity that chews on the info you pour into it!  Take ownership of your own learning, attend help resources regularly, and watch your study skills improve and your grades rise. 🙂