August 1, 2019

Orientation Programs preparing to welcome incoming class during BGR and BGRi

More than 7,000 incoming students are expected to participate in programs designed to welcome them to campus before classes begin.  

Purdue's West Lafayette students attending Boiler Gold Rush will move into their on-campus housing on Aug. 12-13, a Monday and a Tuesday, and the BGR program will follow the rest of the week. BGR is preceded by Boiler Gold Rush International, which runs Aug. 9-13; more than 800 international students and their guests are expected to participate in BGRi. The events are conducted by Orientation Programs, a section of Student Success Programs.

Residence hall contracts for returning students begin Aug. 16. The first day of classes is Aug. 19.

During move-in days, the central campus area will experience heavy traffic that may cause delays or disruptions to normal business. The most-affected areas will include U.S. 231 from Martin Jischke Drive to Airport Road; Stadium Avenue between Northwestern Avenue and McCormick Road; Martin Jischke Drive from U.S. 231 to Nimitz Drive (en route to the Discovery Parking Lot); Third Street from Russell Street to McCormick Road and all side roads in the vicinity of residence halls.

The R Lot north of Ross-Ade Stadium, Purdue Airport lots between the Niswonger Aviation Technology Building and U.S. 231, and the Discovery Lot at Martin Jischke Drive and Harrison Street will be used by families during these days. Several areas will be posted and enforced as no parking/tow away zones.

On Aug. 13, the new student induction event will take place at 4-4:45 p.m. in Mackey Arena. Before and after that period, about 14,000 students and their guests will be walking from the residence hall areas to the arena, then returning to the halls and parking areas.

It is important for employees to anticipate delays and give themselves additional time for their morning commutes and/or travel around campus for meetings during these periods. At the same time, departments and supervisors are encouraged to exercise discretion and an extra degree of understanding if the additional activity during the workday causes unavoidable delays for workers. 

For a full BGR schedule with event times and locations, download the PurdueGuide app from the Google Play store or the Apple app store.

  • Once you have downloaded the PurdueGuide app, select the “Campus” tab in the lower right corner and tap “Find Guides.”
  • Select the BGR guide and tap “Add Guide.”
  • Hit the back button. You will now be able to access the BGR guide under the “My Guides” section at the bottom of the Campus tab. Note that the schedule is organized by hall teams and some events occur more than once.

Purdue staff and faculty who may be interested in attending specific events during the BGR program may contact Dan Carpenter, executive director of Student Success Programs, to make arrangements.

Additional information about Boiler Gold Rush is available at Those with immediate questions should contact Craig Johnson, director of orientation programs.

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