The Student Experience

Purdue University offers top-ranked online programs with you at the center. As an online student at Purdue University, you will receive the same quality, affordable education that Purdue is known for while you learn to push your industry forward, accomplish your goals and change the world. 

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Our renowned faculty and program staff are invested in your success. This team is intertwined in the Purdue University community, giving you access to many on-campus resources with the convenience of a flexible class schedule from anywhere in the world. 

From newsletters to special events, networking meetings, research and co-curricular skill development, you will learn and connect in the way that best suits you. As a Purdue student, you join a tradition of excellence that has trained astronauts, facilitated major scientific breakthroughs and made advancement in business and technology since Purdue’s founding over a hundred years ago. What giant leaps will you accomplish as an online Boilermaker?

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Online offerings from Purdue University’ s Daniels School of Business are designed for working professionals and other people with busy lives who value continuing education but need a way to accommodate it around their many commitments. 

See for yourself with a free test drive course! This noncredit course from the Daniels School includes modules covering strategic marketing, project management, business analytics, and organizational behavior. 

You will gain an understanding of what life is like as an online Purdue University student. Along the way, you will likely learn some exciting subject matter, too. 

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Student Resources

Current Online Students

Explore and take advantage of all of the resources available to you as a Purdue University student. For more information on taking classes online, including online discussion expectations and accommodations for online students, explore our remote learning overview. For learning tools available to online students, explore our online student toolkit.   

Get your questions about online courses, credits and other academic inquiries answered by an academic advisor at or a success coach at

What to Expect As an Online Boilermaker

We strive to keep the course layouts consistent and straightforward across all programs. Utilizing Brightspace learning platforms and asynchronous learning provides flexibility for working professionals. Each course is one-of-a-kind, but you’ll always be able to find what you’re looking for. 

When enrolled in an online course, you will learn from experienced, supportive faculty and lecturers who teach on campus or are industry experts in their fields and are invested in your success. 

Our flexible online programs and courses make it easy to fit your education into your schedule. Rolling admissions dates allow you to start your studies at multiple times throughout each year. Our Disability Resource Center can assist with any accommodations you need to navigate your learning. 

Courses and programs from every discipline are continuously reviewed by instructional designers to ensure they are engaging, meaningful and relevant. We use high-powered data analytics and real-time student feedback to measure effectiveness and improve future courses.

Asynchronous learning happens on your timetable and has no set schedule. Typically, online courses offered by Purdue University are completely asynchronous and do not have specific dates and times required for virtual attendance. 

You will be an active part of the Purdue community. From virtual town hall meetings to professional development workshops and networking opportunities, your connection to Purdue is on-demand and at your fingertips every day.

You may be part of a cohort of students in your specific program. This build-in support structure can create bridges to professional experiences and networking. With virtual tools such as Microsoft Teams, Brightspace, Zoom as well as in-person regional events, connect with your peers at any time. 

Graduate Degree and Graduate Certificate Onboarding 

Here is a list of the steps to expect after Purdue University receives your application: 

1. Letter of Acceptance 

Once a decision has been made, you’ll receive an electronic letter from the Purdue Graduate School. If you are accepted, this letter will guide you on how to accept your enrollment.   

2. Emails from Your Support Team 

After accepting your enrollment, you will begin to receive email communications regarding next steps. These will be sent to your personal email until your first semester starts. Please check this daily. These messages will include orientation announcements and instructions, academic contacts, financial aid information, and how to set up your career account, BoilerKey and Purdue email. 

3. Welcome Aboard Email 

In this communication, we will introduce you to your courses, your instructors and your program. We will outline important resources as you begin your learning. 

4. Onboarding Experience

After the welcome message, you will be added to onboarding courses. These courses, located in our Brightspace platform, will be your in-depth introduction to everything you need to know as a Purdue online student.  

5. Start Program Classes 

You are now prepared to begin your courses. Watch for emails from your advisors and coaches. The first week of classes will be full of new information, new people and new opportunities. See your academic calendars for important dates and deadlines. 

Professional Development Onboarding 

Once you explore our online program finder or the professional development catalog, add your intended course(s) or programs to your shopping cart and check out. Payment must be received before your courses begin. You will receive confirmation of payment and enrollment in your email. If you have questions, call (765) 494-0959 or email 

Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning (VNDL) Onboarding 

Once you have applied and your application reviewed, you will receive an admission email from the Office of Admissions with next steps, to-do items and final admissions requirements.