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STAR (Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration) is Purdue's required orientation program for new, domestic, first-year, and transfer students. During STAR you spend a full day (7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) in orientation sessions, meeting your academic advisor, discussing fall semester courses, and getting ready to begin your academic career at Purdue in August. 

For more information and to register for your STAR Date, please visit the main STAR website.

Required Preparation Activities for Your STAR Date

  • Complete the Student Information Form available on MyPurdue's New Student Task List.  Advisors use this information to prepare for your STAR Date registration appointment.  Please have this done 5 days before your STAR Date. 
  • Make sure that you add your Emergency Contact and Cell Phone information and confirm your Financial Responsibility statement.  Links to these can be found on the New Student Task List on MyPurdue
  • All beginning Purdue mathematics courses have SAT or ACT minimum requirements.  If you don't meet either SAT or ACT minimum score, then you will need to take our ALEKS math placement exam in order to take your desired math course at Purdue.  If you aren't sure if you need to take the placement exam, please consult Placement and ALEKS Learning Module Information from the math department.

Optional Preparation Activities for Your STAR Date

  • With your family, brainstorm and write down questions you'd like to ask your academic advisor during your registration meeting.
  • Investigate Learning Communities!  A Learning Community (LC) combines courses with fun extracurricular activities that build tight friendships and encourage out-of-class learning.  Explorers can participate in Exploratory Studies LC's or many LC's in other colleges!  Be aware that some LC's in other colleges may require 2 - 3 courses to participate.  This will limit the number of courses you can choose in the fall semester. 
  • If you had classroom or debate experience in public speaking during high school, consider testing out of COM 11400 (Public Speaking). The written portion of the COM 11400 (Public Speaking) test-out is offered during each day of STAR.  If you pass, the spoken portion of the test-out will be offered in the second week of fall semester.  Study guides and other information are available on the COM 11400 test out website

VSTAR (Virtual STAR) for International Students and STAR Exceptions

International students and domestic students receiving exceptions are not required to attend STAR.  However, they are required to complete VSTAR.  The following information will help you understand the academic advising and registration process at Purdue.

Virtual Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR) is Purdue's online course for new undergraduate students who are not able to attend STAR. The course will help students prepare for their fall semester registration meeting in June and July and consequent transition to Purdue in August. 

In preparation of your meeting with your academic advisor please complete VSTAR, which includes the following preparation tasks:

  • Complete the Student Information Form found on the New Student Task List in myPurdue.  Advisors use this information to help you plan the correct fall semester courses.
  • Make sure that you add your Emergency Contact and Cell Phone information and confirm your Financial Responsibility statement.  Links to these can be found on the New Student Task List on MyPurdue.  If you don't complete these, you will not be able to register for classes!

An Exploratory Studies advisor will contact you through your Purdue e-mail to set up a registration appointment.  The registration appointment can take place through Skype, on the phone, or through an instant messaging system.  The advisor will help you select appropriate fall semester courses.  After your registration appointment you will request your fall semester courses using myPurdue.  Your advisor will send you instructions.

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