Foreign Language Placement Testing (for Spring 2017)

If you want to take a foreign language class at Purdue, and have already studied the language for two or more years in high school (but not in college), you must take the placement test before you can register for the class. 

Foreign language placement tests (for French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish) will be offered on April 5th, 6th, & 7th at 6:00 pm in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 231.  This is in a computer lab.  The test generally takes under 30 minutes and your placement results are given to you before you leave.  The test covers vocabulary knowledge, sentence structure, and includes both listening and writing exercises.

To take the foreign language placement test, you will need a signed copy of the exam authorization form to be permitted to take the placement test, plus TWO forms of picture identification (your Purdue ID card AND a drivers’ license or passport will work).  Pre-registration for this exam is NOT required – just show up about 10 – 15 minutes before 6:00 pm on either April 5th, 6th, or 7th.

Please e-mail your advisor in advance to let them know that you’d like an exam authorization form.  Then he or she can leave the form out with the EXPL secretary on the 8th floor of Young Hall for you to pick up during business hours (M-F 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm).

The way placement and credit attainment works in foreign language has changed.  All students are required to take and pass (with a C- or better) the foreign language class they are placed into before earning any lower-level language credits.  For example, if a student is placed into SPAN 201, they would need to take SPAN 201 and pass with a C- or better before credit for SPAN 101, 102, and 201 appears on their transcript.

Other placement tests, such as ASL and Chinese, are given at special days and times.  Check here for more information about the placement tests: .

Fall 2017 Registration has begun!

Fall Registration time tickets for Priority students opened yesterday and everyone else’s time tickets will be opening soon.  Now’s the time to set up an appointment with your Exploratory Studies advisor via their online appointment calendar or by calling (765) 494-0843.  Check out the chart below for when you can begin registering in Scheduling Assistant for the Fall.  The freshman, sophomore, etc. category is based on how many credit hours you have COMPLETED at Purdue, including any AP or dual credit courses.  You can see your registration group on MyPurdue > Academics tab > Academic Profile box.

Priority Groups Monday, March 20, 2017 – noon, Saturday, March 25, 2017
Graduate and Professional Monday, March 20, 2017 – Sunday, August 27, 2017
Seniors Monday, March 27, 2017 – noon, Saturday, April 1, 2017
Juniors Monday, April 3, 2017 – noon, Saturday, April 8, 2017
Sophomores Monday, April 10, 2017 – noon, Saturday, April 15, 2017
Current Freshmen Monday, April 17, 2017 – noon, Saturday, April 22, 2017

NAECC Spring Art Market and Spring Fest Open House

NAECC Spring Art Market and Spring Fest Open House

Saturday, April 8  |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  NAECC (Corner of Fifth & University Streets)

As part of the campus wide open house event, Spring Fest, the NAECC will host a spring art market featuring Native American students and local artists. Additionally, the Center is open to new visitors to explore our facilities!

MV-22 Osprey Display (March 23)

Experience the MV-22 Osprey Display

Thurs, March 23  |  10:30 am – 2:00 pm  |  Purdue University Airport

Experience the MV-22 Osprey at the upcoming Purdue Research Park Aerospace District dedication at the Purdue University Airport. The event is free and open to the public. We are encouraging all who would like to see the aircraft land to arrive by 9:30 am.  The aircraft will depart around 2:50 pm. The first 300 visitors will receive a ticket to walk through the aircraft. 

Celebrate Carnaval with Chicago Samba (March 23)

The Latino Community Center is sponsoring two fun upcoming events for students who want to explore Brazilian music and dance:

Celebrate Carnaval: Chicago Samba Percussion Workshops (two opportunities)
Thursday, March 23rd | 3:00 – 4:00 pm & 4:00 – 5:00 pm | Black Cultural Center (BCC) Multipurpose Room

Celebrate Carnaval with Chicago Samba Musical & Dance Performance
Thursday, March 23rd | 6:00 – 9:00 pm | PMU South Ballroom

Don’t know what Carnaval is and want to learn more?  Start here:

Writing Lab Tutors needed

From Christopher J. Voeglein, Purdue Writing Lab Secretary:

The Writing Lab is looking for talented undergraduates to join our tutoring staff. We’re contacting you because prospective tutors would take a course during Fall 2017 to prepare them to work with students on a variety of documents and course assignments. In general, tutors work from 3 – 7 hours per week and gain a lot of experience.  All majors are invited to apply.

We’ll hold a callout for interested students on Monday, March 27th at 6:00 pm in HEAV 220, which will include information about the training course students take called ENGL 39000.  More information can also be found at