Fall 2016 Add and Drop Deadlines

For those not familiar with the Purdue system, adding and dropping classes is fairly easy during the first few weeks of classes, then becomes harder as the semester progresses.  A one-page chart version of this information is available and includes deadlines for 16-week, first 8-week, and second 8-week courses.  Here are the Add and Drop Deadlines for 16-week (full semester) courses in Fall 2016.

Adding courses:

  • August 22 – August 28Students can add courses using MyPurdue.  They should consult their advisor before adding anything new.  MyPurdue closes to adds after August 28.
  • August 29 – September 19:  Students must pick up an add form from their advisor.  Both the advisor and the instructor of the course they want to add must sign the form.  Then the form must be take to Hovde Hall, room 45 (the Registar’s office) for processing.
  • September 20 – October 26: Students must pick up an add form from their advisor.  Advisor, instructor, and department head signatures are required to add this late.  The form must be then taken to Hovde Hall, room 45.

Dropping courses:

  • August 22 – September 5Students can drop courses using MyPurdue. They should consult their advisor before dropping anything.  MyPurdue closes to drops after September 5.
  • September 6 – September 19: Students must pick up a drop form from their advisor.  The form can then be taken directly to Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing.  Course is recorded with a “W” (withdraw) on the transcript.
  • September 20 – October 26: Students must pick up a drop form from their advisor.
    • Freshman (0 – 29 credit hours completed): Take the form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45.  Course is recorded with a “W” (withdraw) on the transcript.
    • Sophomores and above (30 + credit hours completed): Advisor and instructor signatures are required.  Take the form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45.  Students will earn either a “W” (withdraw) or “WF” (withdraw failing), depending on their current grade in the course. 

October 26 is the last day to drop a class.  It is also the last day to withdraw completely from the University without extensive documentation and committee review.

Info about W’s and WF’s:

  • W’s and WF’s count against a student’s three attempts for a course per University policy.
  • W’s and WF’s count against a student’s Exploratory Studies credit hour limit (if he or she is a transfer, re-admit, CODO-in, or re-entry student).
  • W’s and WF’s are not factored into the semester or cumulative GPAs.

EDPS 10500 Course Packs Available! (Fall 2016)

[Revised 8/19/16]

The EDPS 10500 Course Pack can be purchased from the Boiler Copy Maker in the Union (PMU 186) starting on Thursday afternoon.  The Boiler Copy Maker is open Mondays – Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The cost is a $24, which includes all the materials and career assessments that you will need for class.

Please watch your e-mail for further instructions from your EDPS 10500 instructor.  Other supplies such as markers, staplers, and index cards might be required, depending on the instructor!

If cannot afford to buy the Course Pack because of a financial aid delay or other reasons, emergency loans are available from the Office of the Dean of Students in Schleman Hall, room 207.  These loans are interest-free and have a 30 day pay back period.

Students must have their course pack by the third class meeting or before to be able to fully participate in class and earn participation points. 

The Course Pack is one part of your reading material.  The other part is online through Purdue’s Blackboard course management system.  As soon as your instructor releases your access to Blackboard, please click around and “get to know it.”  Also, check it for pre-class information and announcements.

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?



Student Employment Options (Fall 2016)

There are many places on campus (and slightly off campus) where you can earn some extra cash during the semester.  Note: Some locations will employ only students who are Federal Work-Study, so check your financial aid status before you interview.

Student Employment I: The Division of Financial Aid has created an excellent website to help you not only find a job on-campus or close by, but to prepare for the interviews, as well.

  • To find work study jobs quickly, go to the jobs page, then click Cntl-F to open the search box for the page. Type in “work study” and all instances of that word will be highlighted on the page.

Student Employment II: Purdue has brought together many of the on-campus job opportunities onto one searchable page.

Recreational Sports Center: Are you an active person interested in fitness and health?  These might the jobs for you!

Information Technology at Purdue: Lots of different types of jobs for those with interests in computers, technology, and problem-solving.

Housing & Food Services: Flexible, student-friendly schedules and great experience-building.

Convocations: Internships, as well as unpaid experiences bringing current acts to Purdue and marketing them.


IE 49000: Imagine, Model, and Make (Fall 2016; 3 cr.)

IE 49000: Imagine, Model, and Make (CRN 12004)
TR 1:00 – 2:45 pm (FRNY B-124)
Prof. Ramses Martinez

Note: This course is open to any student from any major.  It does NOT require students to have any previous experience on 3D modeling software, design, or manufacturing techniques.

In this course you will learn how to model and animate objects using Autodesk 3D Max (the software used in Avatar, X-Men, and Transformers). After your design is created, you will be able to optimize it and to manufacture it using rapid prototyping techniques like laser cutting or 3D printing.  The teaching style is based on active learning and a balance of lectures and hands-on activities.  No textbook is required for this course – just the professor’s lecture notes!

Don’t Miss This Course If You Want to Learn:

  • To learn the use of 3D CAD design software (modeling, texturing, and animation).
  • To become familiar with the different manufacturing processes and materials.
  • To understand the fundamentals of engineering design and engineering tolerance.
  • To understand the capabilities of modern rapid prototyping techniques (laser cutting, laser engraving, injection molding, and 3D printing)

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.