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!).

Fast Follow Purdue Emergency Sign up

From Purdue’s Campus Safety Status page:

Fast Follow Purdue Emergency

Twitter’s “Fast Follow” feature allows you to receive Purdue Emergency text message alerts without signing up for a Twitter account. Just text “follow purdueemergency” to 40404. You will receive a text message confirming your request.

Once you have set up “Fast Follow,” you can:

  1. Text “OFF” to 40404 to temporarily stop receiving text message alerts from Twitter.
  2. Text “ON” to 40404 to begin receiving text message alerts again.
  3. Text “unfollow purdueemergency” to 40404 to stop receiving purdueemergency text message alerts.

If you have a Twitter account, follow “purdueemergency” to see alerts on your Twitter home page. You also have the option to receive alerts via text message through your Twitter account.

Purdue Emergency twitter account:
Questions about Fast Following?  Check out Twitter’s info page!