COSINE Math and Science tutoring (Fall 2016)


COSINE (College of Science Instructional Nightly Enrichment) is a free tutoring program to help student succeed in their first year science courses. COSINE offers tutoring right in your own backyard. Our goal is to help you develop problem-solving skills needed to do your homework. Please visit one of our locations for assistance.

  • HARRISON HALL – Conference Room C110, Monday and Wednesday, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
  • SHREVE HALL – Jade Room, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 -10:00 pm

*For optimal tutoring, please bring your text books and class notes.

Getting Involved at Purdue (Fall 2016)

Getting involved at Purdue is both easy and difficult. It’s easy because there are 1000+ clubs and organizations, not to mention outlets for those interested in music, religious worship and service, community service, Greek life, and more.  It’s difficult because the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming!  We encourage you to attend a few call-outs (open meetings for new members), even if it’s your first semester.  It’s a great way to meet a variety of people, build new skills, and explore budding interests.

Call-outs typically happen the first few weeks of each semester, but Fall semester is definitely the key time!  Here are some great resources to investigate your options:

BoilerLink: Your home for Purdue clubs and organizations. Shortcuts to different categories of organizations, like religious, cultural, club sports, and hobbies can be found on the B-Involved page.

Global experiences: The International Center (language courses & events), Study Abroad, MIX (U.S. students helping international students feel at home), Boiler Out (international and U.S. students providing community service), Go! Purdue trips, and more.

Greek and Co-op Life: Great ways to meet people and make a difference in your school and community.

Community Standards Board: Students who love law and want to participate in helping students find their best path might like this opportunity to serve!

Civic Engagement and Leadership Development: Is it time for you to realize your leadership potential?  Find out by investigating the many leadership and community volunteer opportunities at Purdue!

Heart & Soul, Purdue Bells, and All Campus and Community Chorale (AC3): Love music, but don’t want the full-on Glee Club or Purduettes commitment?  Consider one of these groups!

ROTC:  For those looking to serve their country through the armed forces!

Purdue Convocations:  Are you interested in bringing hot new shows to Purdue?  Or maybe you just want to usher for a few hours and get to see a show for free in the process?



Advanced Credit Testing (Fall 2016)

Advanced Credit Testing is an opportunity to test out of a specific Purdue college courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Communications, and Physics.  These tests are similar to the final exam for the course (passing percentages differ by course). Passing an advanced credit test confers credits only, not grades. Check with your academic advisor to see how the course could be used in your degree plan.

If you intend to take an advanced credit test in a course, you cannot have taken the course for a grade at any college or have previously tested out of it through AP, CLEP, IB, etc.  You can only attempt an advanced credit test in a course only once – it is a one-time opportunity!

Advanced credit test-out dates, calculator restrictions, procedures, and study guides for subjects can be found at:

All tests require a Form 231 signed by your academic advisor and at LEAST one form of picture ID.  Students without the proper calculator (if a calculator is allowed) will be turned away at the door.


Suggested College School Supply List

Although there is no *official* list of school supplies published by Purdue, here is a list of items that the advisors in Exploratory Studies suggest they purchase:

  • 3-hole punch
  • Apps: Purdue (campus map, meals, etc.; Apple Store version.), Amazon Student, Boiler Guide (help resources), Purdue IPhone App, CityBus Routes, notetaking (like Evernote), time management (like Pattern or even an app to use with the Pomodoro Technique), flashcards (like Quizlet), and dictionary and thesaurus apps (like Merriam-Webster).
  • Backpack or messenger bag (with a laptop sleeve)
  • Big envelopes for keeping nice papers neat
  • Binders or notebooks
  • Calculator (wait until after the first day of math class to purchase)
  • Cold and allergy medicine
  • Colored pencils
  • Folders
  • Glue sticks
  • Headphones
  • Highlighters
  • Laptop and external hard drive backup/cloud backup (not required; Purdue has a lot of computer labs)
  • Markers – a pack of multiple colors (also good to have at least one black Sharpie)
  • Note/index cards – lined or unlined
  • Paper – both printer paper and lined paper for your binder
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Pens – standard blue and black, as well as wilder colors
  • Planner (Mortar Board planner available at Wal-mart and bookstores) or calendar app
  • Plastic sleeves for binders
  • Post-its
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Stapler – both standard sized (for your desk) and mini (for your backpack)
  • Staples (standard and mini)
  • Tape
  • Umbrella and rain boots
  • USB/thumb drive (4GB or higher)
  • White out
  • Winter clothing & jacket (flip-flops and a hoodie are NOT Indiana winter attire)

EXPL Family Weekend Reception 2016

Greetings from Exploratory Studies!

You are invited to the Exploratory Studies Family Weekend Reception during the Purdue Family Weekend 2016!   Light breakfast items & refreshments will be served.

When:  Saturday, September 24th from 9:30 am – 11:00 am (Eastern Time).
Where:  East/West Faculty Lounges in the Purdue Memorial Union (2nd floor).
How:  Please R.S.V.P. TODAY online at (before September 8th)!  Reminders will be sent as the event approaches.

Why come to the EXPL Family Weekend Reception? 

  • Meet and chat with your student’s academic advisor
  • Scholarship recipients will be honored with certificates beginning at 10:15 am EST
  • SWAG!  Door prizes will be drawn! Games!  Hilarity!
  • AWESOME campus events going on all weekend – check out the schedule here
  • Get some Purdue ‘tattoos’ before the big game!
  • Free food and coffee, need we say more?

All family members are invited – the more the merrier!  We hope to see you there! 

Please see the Purdue Family Weekend Website for details regarding parking advice for the weekend’s events (scroll to the bottom of their page).

Questions about specific to our event? Please e-mail our EXPL Family Weekend Coordinator, Colleen Brown!

Volunteer to Welcome International Students to Purdue (Aug. 10 – 17)

Every August and January International Programs and International Students & Scholars team up to welcome new international students during their Weeks of Welcome (WOW!).  They need student volunteers to assist for a few hours during international student check-in from August 10th – 17th.  As a volunteer, you would answer questions and help new international students through their check-in process. Specific tasks will be assigned when checking in on the day of the event.  Attendance at a separate training session is required.

Interested?  To sign up for a specific day and time slot, please visit the ISS website!  (The dates at the very top of the page are from last year, but the sign up dates at the bottom of the page are 2016!).