Certifying Enrollment at Purdue

Need to prove you’re a student to Health Insurers, Auto Insurers and others?  A service is being offered to students via myPurdue.  You will be able to print enrollment verification for health insurers and other organizations by accessing the Enrollment Certification area under the academic tab.  Select the Enrollment Certification area by clicking on National Student Clearinghouse.

Please note:  If you need your GPA information included on the enrollment certification, you still must visit the Office of the Registrar (Hovde Hall, room 45) so a signature can be obtained.

How to Register for FS 470: Wine Appreciation (Fall 2016)

From the Food Science department:

FS 470: Wine Appreciation is a course that is permitted by Indiana Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms, and Explosives (ATF).  We have a license from them to serve alcohol if the student shows that they will be at least 21 years old on or before August 22, 2016. The Food Science Department is the only department on campus that allows overrides for this course.  This course cannot be audited.

On Monday, March 21st, the Department of Food Science will begin signing forms for FS 47000 – Wine Appreciation, Fall 2016 semester. All students need to come in person to the NLSN Building, room 2203, to obtain signature approval and override permission. Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.. Our office is closed from noon – 1:00 p.m. daily.

Here’s what you’ll need to bring with you:

1. A Form 23 signed by your advisor.

2. A Driver’s license or passport to verify that the student will be 21 years old on or before August 22, 2016.  If the student does not have proper ID, we will not sign their forms.

This course can be taken for a grade or a pass/no pass option.  If you want to make this class a pass/no pass, tell your Exploratory Studies advisor, so they may correctly fill out your Form 23.  Completed and signed Form 23’s go to the Registrar in Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing.

Late adds or schedule modifications (after the first week) will need the signatures of the FS 47000 professor, Dr. C. Butzke, and of your advisor.


Last Day to Drop a Course or to Withdraw from the University (March 11)

A reminder that March 11th is the last day to drop a course or to withdraw entirely from the University without documentation.

Sophomores or older (30 or more credits completed):

  • Pick up a drop form from your academic advisor
  • You’ll need your advisor’s signature and your instructor’s signature on the form
  • Take the drop form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing
  • Depending on whether you are passing or failing the course at the time of drop, your “grade” will either be a “W” (withdraw passing) or “WF” (withdraw failing).  Neither are computed into your GPA.

Freshmen (fewer than 30 credits completed):

  • Pick up a drop form from your academic advisor
  • You’ll just need your advisor’s signature on the form
  • Take the drop form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing
  • Your “grade” will be a “W,” which is not computed into your GPA

TIP: After you turn in your drop form, please check MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Registration History to make sure the course has been withdrawn from your schedule.

If you need to withdraw entirely from the University (drop all of your courses):

  • Fill 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 SCHL 207.
  • A Student Support Specialist within the Office of the Dean of Students 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 https://www.purdue.edu/odos/sac/withdrawal/.

Regional Campuses visit to Register WL Students for Summer Courses

A Reminder from the Office of the Registrar:

Admission representatives from the Purdue Calumet and North Central campuses will be available to register Purdue – West Lafayette students for summer classes on March 7th from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm in the East Foyer of Stewart Center (STEW).

Student who cannot attend the March 7th visit (or whose regional campuses are not visiting) can apply for summer at their respective regional campuses through these sites:


Summer Course Tutorial I: Purdue WL courses

Fall and spring courses have two options for duration: 16 weeks (full semester) or 8 weeks (half semester).  In comparison, summer courses have a LOT more variation – everything from 4 – 12 week options.  Some key points about Purdue summer courses:

  • No matter the length, you’ll earn the same number of credit hours and learn the same material as you would during a fall or spring semester.
  • The cost is the same per credit hour as the fall or spring, except that flat fee pricing begins at 6 credit hours.  To estimate your summer course costs, check out the Office of the Bursar’s tuition and fee calculator.
  • Summer grades earned at Purdue (or Purdue regional campuses) can replace fall and spring grades and vice versa, but the course abbreviation and numbering must be identical (with a few exceptions – ask your advisor).
  • There are limits to how many credits you can take:
    • Students are limited to 4 credits hours within one 4-week session.
    • 4-week module courses cannot overlap with 6-, 8-, or 12-week session courses.
    • Students are limited to 10 hours total among all of the courses taken.

Learning happens faster in summer courses and requires strong study skills and time management. For example, if the 16-week fall version of the course meets 3 hours a week and has tests every month, the 8-week summer version of that course would meet 6 hours a week and have a test every two weeks, and a 4-week summer version would meet 12 hours a week and have a test every week.  Getting behind is NOT an option!

Here are some common durations you might find in Purdue summer courses:

Summer School sessions Summer School Graphic 2016 PDF

The important thing is to be aware of the dates of the section of the course you are choosing.  Sections within the same course can have different lengths.  For example, ECON 251 has three 4-week sections, each with different dates (Modules 1, 2, and 3).  The same courses can also be taught using different instructional types. You can use the Advanced Search button under Look Up Classes in MyPurdue to narrow down your course options by length, instructional type, and days or times.

Tomorrow, we’ll discuss all the varieties of online summer courses at Purdue!

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.