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Admitted Checklist

 1. Accept Offer of Admission. Even if you have notified your program whether or not you will be coming to Purdue, please follow these directions to complete the Graduate School's online enrollment form.

 2. Research funding, including financial aid, fellowships, or scholarships, if necessary. Visit the Graduate School's Funding Web site for more information.

 3. Make sure you fulfill the State of Indiana's immunization requirements

 4. Ask your program for the date you are expected to arrive and determine how you will arrive to the West Lafayette area. Visit the relocation and housing Web page for directions and transportation options. 

 5. Find Housing. Make sure your utilities will be turned on before you move in. A list of some utility companies in the area is available in the Welcome Packet.

 6. Activate your Purdue career account and set up your Purdue email account. More information about how to do this is available in the Welcome Packet.

 7. Get a student identification (ID) card at the Card Services Office.  The second week in August is an optimal time to do this.

 8. Update your personal information in myPurdue. Visit myPurdue ( and go to "Personal Information" under "Quick Links" on the left side of the screen to update your emergency contacts, mailing address, email, ethnicity/race, and gender identity. More information about myPurdue is available in the Welcome Packet.

 9. Sign up for health insurance. University regulations state that International and Graduate Staff students with benefit eligible assistantships must have health insurance. Benefit eligible Graduate Staff have the opportunity to sign up for health insurance in the first few weeks after arrival on campus. International students must purchase the University-sponsored plan unless you qualify for a limited waiver. See Waivers for International Students. See the Grad Student Insurance Web page for more complete information. 

 10. The Student Health Center requests that you carry your insurance card at all times and present it to any healthcare facility you may visit, including PUSH (Purdue University Student Health Center).

 11. Register for classes. Each program handles this differently, but some general registration information is available on the Academic Resources Web page. Contact your program for more information. A list of available courses is available online.

 12. Get a parking permit, if needed. You need to register for classes before you can get a parking pass. Note: you also must live a certain distance from campus to be eligible for a parking permit.

 13. Pay your fees, if any, by the due date on the bill e-mailed to you. If fees are not paid by the due date, you may incur late fees and your registration may be canceled. Only electronic bills are sent. You will have to print your invoice from myPurdue if you choose not to pay online. To pay online or to print your invoice, go to myPurdue and click on the "Financial" tab and then the "Manage My Account" tab.
For graduate student staff and fellows, special fee deferment arrangements have been made for the 2016-2017 Academic year.  This provision addresses the financial problems caused when fees and tuition are due prior to the student’s first pay date in the fall.  The University will temporarily defer fees and will establish due dates for four equal installments of fees. Due dates will be September 19th, October 17th, November 14th, and December 19th, 2016 for the Fall 2016 (201710) semester. A fee deferment will be established for students when their graduate staff appointment is approved and processed into the bursar system. (No action is necessary on behalf of the student).  Students should be aware that: 1) the University will not charge the normal $50 fee deferment fee; 2) If payment is not submitted by the established due dates, a late fee of $18.50 is applicable; and 3) Payment for any amounts assessed over and above the deferment should also be satisfied online to avoid registration cancellation.  Students may contact the Bursar’s Office with questions at  

 14. Confirm your registration. Log into myPurdue to confirm your registration.  Even if you do not owe anything in fees, you must confirm your registration through myPurdue when your account statement arrives by electronic mail. All invoicing is done electronically through myPurdue's eBilling feature.

 15. Attend the New Graduate Student Orientation. Each spring and fall semester on the Friday before classes begin, the Graduate School hosts a convocation to welcome new graduate students to Purdue. Be sure to watch your email for more details.

 16. Visit the Graduate School's Social Media for Admitted Students by clicking on the icons below. Additionally, the LinkedIn Group was created to offer students an easy way to network with incoming students. You can also electronically "meet" other students from your program prior to arriving on campus. Additionally the group is a great ongoing resource for campus news, housing information and general advice. An invitation into the group will automatically be sent once you have been accepted to Purdue. If no invitation was received, please request access to the group through the LinkedIn Group page.

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