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!

GS 11900: Introduction to Academic Programs at Purdue (Fall 2015; 1 cr.)

From Linda Gregory, EXPL Associate Director and Instructor, GS 11900:

Would you like to learn tons of information about different Purdue majors?  Need another 1-credit hour course to round out your schedule?  If so, consider registering for GS 11900 this fall!

GS 11900 (CRN 21047) is a one credit, pass/no pass class designed to give you an overview of Purdue’s 10 colleges and many majors. Taking the class is a great way to learn about different majors AND help you decide which major is right for you.

The requirements for earning credit in GS 11900 are minimal: 1) attend & participate in class and, 2) write three short reflection papers. During the fall semester, the class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:20 pm in MATH 175.  All first and second year students are welcome to enroll in GS 11900. 

If you are an incoming EXPL student registered for EXPL 90200, GS 11900 will take the place of EXPL 90200 in your schedule.  You won’t have to rearrange anything to fit it in.  Just drop EXPL 90200 and add GS 11900!

Want more information about GS 11900?  Contact the GS 11900 coordinator and instructor, Linda Gregory!

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!).

Final Grades Posted Tomorrow (May 11)

Well, the wait is almost over!  Spring Grades will be posted tomorrow, May 11th, after 9:00 am on myPurdue > Academics Tab > Final Grades link.   Watch your Purdue e-mail for messages from your advisor or from the Registrar concerning unmet pre-requisites, honor roll congrats, or information about probation.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you view your grades:

  • If you feel that the grade you earned was mis-calculated or mis-entered and you have sufficient proof (i.e. Blackboard gradebook, your personal records, returned tests or scantrons, etc.), please contact your professor or the main lecture instructor for the course immediately.  Their contact information should be on the syllabus.  Be polite, patient, and persistent!
  • Unless you gave your parents permission to view myPurdue, they will not receive notification of your grades.  It is your responsibility to talk them about it.  Your advisor cannot answer their questions concerning your grades, as it is a FERPA violation (the national law that protects your educational records).

After grades are posted, MyPurdue is likely to be relatively slow as students change their schedules in response to final grades.  Here are some tips for changing courses:

  • MyPurdue is currently open to all students for schedule modifications through June 4th at noon.  Then MyPurdue will close until July 18th at 9:00 a.m.  So, if you need to make schedule changes, make them soon!
  • If you have used your PIN in order to add either Fall or Summer classes, then it is available to you on myPurdue > Registration Tab > Registration PIN.
  • Only courses taken at Purdue Regional Campuses (Calumet, North Central, IPFW, and IUPUI) will replace grades taken at Purdue West Lafayette – but only if the course is the exact same number.  For example, ECON E-201 taken at IUPUI will NOT replace ECON 251 taken at Purdue West Lafayette.

If you are taking courses outside of the Purdue system, here are some things to remember:

  • If you are taking a course during the summer to meet a pre-requisite for a Fall class, you must let your academic advisor know!  Otherwise, the Registrar will drop your Fall course and you may not be able to re-add it.
  • Courses taken outside the Purdue system transfer for credit only.  Students need to earn a C- or better for the transfer to occur.  Check the Transfer Credit Database to see if the course at the summer college has an equivalent at Purdue:
  • At the end of the summer, have the summer college send an official transcript to this address: (click on “Transfer Credit Guidelines.”



Purdue Policy Research Institute Fellowships (apps. due May 21)

Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) Undergraduate Fellowship 2016-17

PPRI is pleased to offer three (3) fellowship positions to senior undergraduate students with an interest in the interdisciplinary study of public policy and policy-related research. The undergraduate fellow will receive a $1,000 scholarship, be provided with carrel space for study in Mann Hall in Discovery Park, and will be expected to play a leading role in outreach activities at the Centre. The undergraduate fellow may enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course for course credit, reflecting a learning experience that combines attendance at PPRI seminars and other events with work on a research project defined in consultation with the Director. The specific number of credit hours and the nature of the project could be negotiated with the Director, but it is expected that students will be in residence at the Policy Institute at the start of the Fall semester. The Fellowship appointments are for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students are invited to apply for the award directly. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic background, record of excellence, evidence of interest and fit with PPRI mission, and promise of future achievement. The Director aims to assemble a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive team. In order to be eligible, the applicant must meet each of the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the Purdue West Lafayette campus,
  • have completed the coursework for their freshman and sophomore years, and
  • have a CGPA of at least 3.33.

A completed application will contain the following:

  • copy of your most recent transcript,
  • resume,
  • statement describing your interest in interdisciplinary policy research (maximum one page),
  • copy of a paper you have written in a course related to the subject, and
  • the name and email address of a Purdue professor who is willing to act as a reference for you.

Please submit these materials to:
Applications close: May 21, 2016