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FAQ

Accepting the offer

International Students

Online Information

Financial Questions

Registration/Course Questions

Housing and Relocation Questions

Accepting the Offer

I just got my letter of acceptance and I've decided to come to Purdue. What do I do now?

Congratulations on your admittance to Purdue! In the weeks before and shortly after classes begin, there are many tasks for new students to accomplish. Read the Graduate School's Checklist to get started.

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How do I accept or decline my offer of admission?

Please refer to instructions found on the Accepting Admission website

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International Students

If I am offered admission to the Purdue University WL campus, what is the next step to acquiring my student Visa?

Students admitted to Purdue University will be required to complete their NOTIFICATION OF INTENT (NOI).  After paying your tuition deposit or accepting your offer of admission (sponsored students) you will receive an email from the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) with instructions on filling out the NOI. We will begin accepting NOI's for the Summer and Fall semesters beginning mid-February. Please watch for an email that should arrive from ISS providing you with further instructions. Once, the NOI is available, you can expect to receive an email approximately 3 business days after you pay your deposit or accept your offer. When submitting the NOI form you must attach scanned images of your official financial support documents, and your passport. These documents must be received by ISS through the NOI before an immigration document will be prepared.  The NOI and supporting documents should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure that you will have sufficient time for processing the immigration documents and obtaining your student visa.  Questions about the NOI should be directed to the International Students & Scholars office.

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Online Information

What is my Purdue Career Account?

Your career account will give you electronic access to your _________@purdue.edu email account and other electronic services. This account is created when you are admitted to Purdue and is yours to use for as long as you are affiliated with Purdue.  For more information about activating and using your career account, review the instructions in the Welcome Packet.

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How do I set up a Purdue career account and a Purdue email account?

Your career account will give you electronic access to your @purdue.edu email account and other electronic services. This account is created when you are admitted to Purdue and is yours to use for as long as you are affiliated with Purdue. You can store files in your career account and access them anytime, anywhere on campus. Your career account alias comprises the part of your email address before the @purdue.edu. To activate your career account you need your Purdue University Identification Number (PUID), which was provided in your online admission decision letter. (See the New Graduate Student Checklist’s item 1, on page 2 of this document, for instructions on accessing your online letter.) You will also need a career account set-up password. The career account set-up password was sent to you by email from the Graduate School’s Admissions office after you reviewed your online admission decision letter. If you have not yet reviewed your online admission decision letter from the Graduate School, please do so to receive your initial career account set-up password. Please access ITaP's Identity and Access Management website using your PUID and career account set-up password to activate your account. If you have any questions regarding how to set up your career account, email or call ITaP at itap@purdue.edu or (765) 494-4000. Please be prepared to provide your career account login when you contact ITaP. Once your account is created, you will need to set up a BoilerKey. To set up your BoilerKey please access https://www.purdue.edu/apps/account/flows/BoilerKey

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What is myPurdue?

MyPurdue (www.mypurdue.purdue.edu) is the portal system where you can access your academic and financial account information. You will need your career account login and BoilerKey to log in to myPurdue. Some of the benefits of myPurdue include:

  • Online course registration in real time
  • Online credit card payment for tuition
  • Access to your financial aid information
  • Access to your personal information, such as emergency contacts and mailing address

For more information about myPurdue, read the Welcome Packet.

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 What is BoilerKey?

The Purdue BoilerKey is a form of two-factor authentication, a system that requires two forms of verification of identity before a person can access protected computer resources.

At Purdue, these two forms of verification are something you know (career account username and either a password or PIN) and something you have (a physical token or the Duo Mobile application on your smartphone). These two items are used in place of your password alone to gain access to computer applications and systems.

The BoilerKey comes in two forms. One is the Duo Mobile application for your smartphone that either displays a push notification used when you enter your PIN or a randomized six-digit code. The other is a small electronic device, known as a hard token, which displays a series of six digits when activated. For more information, visit the Boilerkey FAQ.

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Financial Questions

Is a depost required?

The Bursar's Office provides information about deposits.

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How do I pay my tuition and/or fees?

You can pay online, in person by check, or you can mail your check. Due to the eBilling system, if you pay by check, you will have to print your invoice from myPurdue. To print your invoice, go to myPurdue (www.mypurdue.purdue.edu) and click on the “Financial” tab and then click on “Manage my Account” under “Touchnet Payment Portal.” From there, click on “ebills.”You can also pay your bill electronically through “Touchnet Payment Portal.” Please note that you will need a career account (see above) to access myPurdue.

To pay in person, place your registration confirmation with your check in an envelope and put it in the locked drop box next to room 9, Hovde Hall.

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I can't pay my tuition and fees right now. What do I do?

The Bursar’s Office can defer your tuition and or/fees. However, before you can ask for a fee deferment, your fees must be assessed. For questions, contact the Bursar’s Office, Room 14, Hovde Hall, (765) 494-7579, http://www.purdue.edu/Bursar/

Please note: You must also have a current mailing address on file in the Office of the Registrar’s system. visit myPurdue (www.mypurdue.purdue.edu) and go to “Personal Information” under “Quick Links.” Or, use the kiosk located outside the Registrar’s office, ground floor, Hovde Hall.

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Registration/Course Questions

How do I register for classes?

You register for classes using the myPurdue system. However, because some programs require incoming students to register for specific courses, be sure to contact your program before registering. Be sure to confirm your course registration and pay your tuition and/or fees on time. Paying your fees automatically confirms your registration. If you do not owe any fees, you must still log on to myPurdue (www.mypurdue.purdue.edu) and confirm your registration under the “Financial” tab.

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How do I check my class schedule ?

Visit myPurdue (www.mypurdue.purdue.edu) and go to the “Academic” tab. Then click on “View your class schedule.” If you find that your schedule does not appear under the “View your class schedule” link prior to your first day of class, you can access it by clicking on “Week-at-a-Glance” under “Schedule” in Quick Links. From here, enter the date your classes will begin and click “submit.” Your schedule should then appear. You can also check your schedule at a kiosk located outside the Registrar’s office on the ground floor of Hovde Hall.

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Where can I buy my books?

For information on various bookstores located around campus, visit the Welcome Packet.

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Housing and Relocation Questions

What are my options for housing?

There are a variety of affordable housing options available both on and off-campus. Most graduate students live off-campus and many take advantage of the CityBus system that is free to students and employees carrying their Purdue identification card. On-campus housing fills quickly, so be sure to apply early if you want to live on-campus. Visit our Graduate Student Housing Web page for more information.

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How do I update my contact information?

Visit myPurdue (www.mypurdue.purdue.edu) and go to “Personal Information” under “Quick Links,” or use the kiosk located outside the Registrar’s office ground floor, Hovde Hall.

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How do I restrict my Purdue Directory Information?

Go to the Office of the Registrar, Room 45, Hovde Hall, (765) 494-8581.

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Where can I get information about local services (Utilities, garbage and recycling, phone and cable, post offices)?

For information on utilities and other local services, read the Welcome Packet.

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What are my local banking options?

There are three banks/credit unions located on campus:
PFCU: (Purdue Federal Credit Union—open to students and employees) 1-(800)-62PEFCU (73328)
Chase: 1-877-68CHASE (24273)
Huntington National Bank: 1-800-480-BANK (2265)

All of these and other banks have Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) located on or around campus.

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Where are nearby post offices located?

There are three area post offices:

West Lafayette: 610 West Navajo Street West Lafayette , IN 47906

Lafayette:

  • 3450 State Road 26E Lafayette , IN 47901
  • 230 North Fourth Street Lafayette , IN 47901

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I need to register my car and/or get a driver's license. Where do I go?

For information on registering your vehicle and applying for a driver's license, read the Welcome Packet.

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How do I register to vote?

For information on voter eligibility requirements and how to register to vote, visit the Welcome Packet.

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Where can I find a student organization that fits my interests?

Purdue has hundreds of student organizations. For lists of organizations, visit here.

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Where can I find places to eat?

The Greater Lafayette area dining scene is as varied as a big city's with Arabic, Cajun, French, Greek, Hawaiian, Indian, Irish, Italian, Mexican and Russian cuisine. Both Lafayette Online and the West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau list area restaurants.

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Where can I find a place of worship?

There are at least thirty religions and denominations represented in the Greater Lafayette area. Lafayette Online provides a list of religious organizations and places of worship categorized by religion.

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Still have questions after reviewing all of the Frequently Asked Questions listed above? Then, email a current graduate student for assistance! If you have trouble with this link, you can also send your email to gradinfo@purdue.edu with "Question for a Grad Student" in the subject line.

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