Summer Sessions – Visualized!

At your registration appointment your advisor may be using new vocabulary to explain the differences between summer sessions at Purdue.  Below is an infographic showing Purdue summer session options, as well as when they begin and end.  Some tips when registering for summer courses:

  • Scheduling Assistant chooses among sessions randomly – as long as they fit into your schedule.  So ALWAYS check the dates of the course before you submit!
  • To see all of the courses in a given session: MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes > Summer 2015 > Advanced Search.  Then select all subjects by clicking on the first subject, holding the Shift key, and clicking on the last subject.  Select your desired “Part of Term.”

Summer School sessions*, ** Courses are listed as ending on August 4 in MyPurdue.

Last Day to Drop a Course or to Withdraw from the University (March 23)

A reminder that March 23 is the last day to drop a course or to withdraw entirely from the University without documentation.

When dropping courses, keep in mind your classification.  If you are a sophomore or older (earned 30 or more credit hours), you’ll need not only your advisor’s signature on the drop form but also your instructor’s signature.  Please make sure you give enough time to collect not only the drop form, but both signatures.  Freshman only need the advisor’s signature to drop a course.

Drop forms should then be taken directly to Hovde Hall, room 45 (the Registrar’s office).  The clerk will drop the course directly upon receipt of the form.  Even so, it’s important to check MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Registration History to make sure the course has been “withdrawn.”

If you need to withdraw entirely from the University (drop all of your courses), please start by filing out Withdraw Request Form located at MyPurdue > Academic tab > Withdraw from the University link in the lower right hand corner. Once the form is submitted, you’ll need to call (765-494-1747) or visit with (SCHL 207) a Student Support Specialist in the Office of the Dean of Students.  That person will help you complete the withdraw process.

Withdrawing means that you can return to Purdue the very next semester.  For more detailed information about withdrawing from the University, including its impact on financial aid, visit

Changes in Some HHS CODO Requirements

From Shane Hawkins-Wilding, Director of Student Services, HHS College:

Several HHS majors have had CODO requirements updates, which we believe will benefit students who are interested in CODOing into these HHS majors.  HHS CODO requirements are posted here:

IMPORTANT:  Students are held to the CODO requirements of the semester and year they entered Purdue (not when they are able to CODO), unless they choose to use newer, updated, requirements.

Specifically, please note there are changes to the following majors:

  • Environmental Health Sciences (in Health Sci)
  • Health Sciences Pre-professional (in Health Sci)
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences (in Health Sci)
  • Occupational Health Science (in Health Sci)
  • Radiological Health Sciences (in Health Sci)
  • Developmental & Family Science (in HDFS)
  • Brain and Behavior Sciences (Pre-PSY)
  • Psychological Sciences (Pre-PSY)
  • Public Health (in HK)
  • Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

If you have questions, please contact your Exploratory Studies Academic Advisor.

Last Day to Add a Course via MyPurdue (Jan. 19)

A reminder that Monday, Jan. 19th is the last day students may add a course themselves using MyPurdue.  Courses can be added after this date, but require an add/drop form to be signed by the student’s academic advisor and instructor for the course.  The form is then taken to the Registrar’s office (HOVDE 45) for processing.

All of the drop and add dates for the semester can be conveniently found on this one-page chart.

Summer 2015 Course Schedules Now Available!

For your Summer course planning needs, Summer 2015 Course Schedules are now available on MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes for viewing only.  Registration for Fall and Summer 2015 courses does not begin until around Spring Break (mid-March).

When considering summer courses, it is important to be aware of the dates and times of the courses as there are lots of variations, including 4-week, 6-week, 8-week, and 12-week courses.  There can also be multiple duration variations within a single course, such as a 4-week and an 8-week option for ECON 251, for example, so be careful which CRN you choose.  Consider using the MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Add or Drop Classes link to manually research and select courses rather than using Scheduling Assistant.

Keep in mind, too, that there is a limit to how many courses you can take over the summer – no more than 9 credit hours stretched over the summer, no matter the length of time of the course.  The duration of a course does NOT affect the number of credit hours earned or the amount of content taught.  A 4-week, 3 credit hour course covers the same material and earns the same credit hours as the same course taught in 8 weeks.  Also, no more than one 4-week course at a time and it cannot overlap another 6, 8, or 12 week course!  For details on all of the rules, see our past post Summer Course Mini-Tutorial.

Important Information for Students Interested in Nursing

Nursing that more space for CODO’s may be available than was original anticipated.  If you have not submitted your CODO papers to Nursing, please do so before the end of finals week.  These will be reviewed after grades are posted on May 14th.  CODO requirements still must be met to file CODO papers.  If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact your EXPL Academic Advisor.