Before You Arrive

We are excited to have you joining us for Boiler Cold Rush! Please know that even in this unprecedented time at Purdue University, we are still working to bring you the best experience possible. Before you arrive, you will want to read through and complete the items below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us with the contact form on our Home Page or call 765-494-9328.

Registering for Boiler Cold Rush

Register for Boiler Cold Rush via the myPurdue portal. If you are participating in Boiler Cold Rush in person, your student account will be billed for the in person program fee of $150 for on-campus students (those living with University Residences) and $200 for off-campus students (those not living with University Residences).

Boiler Cold Rush fees will display on recipients' student billing accounts. Both the fee and fee waiver (if awarded) will display on the myPurdue Portal, on the “Bills & Payments” tab. Fees for the spring semester will be visible in early December, and due in mid-January, 2023 (official date TBA). The deadline to register for Boiler Cold Rush will be announced this coming fall.

If you are participating in Boiler Cold Rush online because you are an online student in the spring, you will not be charged a fee. Your student record will let us know what Boiler Cold Rush experience you will be participating so all you have to do is register.

Note: Only students who have accepted their offer of admission to Purdue will be able to submit their Boiler Cold Rush registration.

Pre-arrival COVID-19 Testing Information

As part of Purdue’s plan to test all students for COVID-19 before the start of the semester, you must have a COVID-19 diagnostic test result on-file and be cleared for campus access by the Protect Purdue Health Center before moving into University Residences and/or attending classes. Please visit the Protect Purdue website for more information about student testing.

Waivers and Scholarships - Timeline

A limited number of need-based waivers are available to cover all or part of your registration fee. The link to the Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver Application, and details on how to apply, can be found on the New Student Task List when a student accepts their offer to Purdue University. Students applying for the fee waiver must register for Boiler Cold Rush for their application to be fully considered. The Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver Application will close in early January. Please monitor your Purdue email and this website for official dates this fall.

Please consider the many dates in the timeline for this process:

  • November – Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver applications open
  • Mid-Late November – Select Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver decisions begin
  • December– Most Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver decisions begin on a rolling basis
  • Early January, 2023 – Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver applications close


If you request a refund before the cutoff date, you are eligible to receive your full refund. The refund schedule is as follows:

  • Through January 5th: Full Refund
  • January 6th or later: No Refund

You must cancel your Boiler Cold Rush registration to generate the refund or fee remission (in accordance with these dates).

Protect Purdue Materials

This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue has institued its 'Protect Purdue' initiative to keep students and their families safe on campus. Before arriving on campus this Spring, students will be given prep materials orienting them to campus, including new COVID-19-related expectations, such as possible required health screenings and/or COVID-19 testing. Please be sure to read through these materials carefully, and follow the given advice.

More about Protect Purdue

Students With Disabilities

We would encourage students with disabilities to contact us as soon as possible so that we may develop plans with you to provide access. Please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) before Boiler Cold Rush begins at 765-494-1247 or email and identify that you are participating in Boiler Cold Rush. If during your Boiler Cold Rush experience you discover an unforeseen barrier to your participation, please alert your team leader. We take accessibility seriously and welcome your input.

Food Allergies at Boiler Cold Rush

Campus Dining Courts take food allergies into consideration and individuals are encouraged to contact a trained dining administrator with questions at Individuals can also refer to the NetNutrition website to identify allergens in dining court foods. Purdue University is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus community and offers numerous resources to employees, students and visitors who may need additional assistance while attending, visiting and/or working for the University. For more information on these resources, please visit Purdue's Disability Resource Center (DRC) Website.

Lodging at Purdue

There are several options for students and families who decide to stay overnight. For information about on-campus accommodations, please contact Purdue's Union Club Hotel to check room availability during on-campus orientation events. As a reminder, Purdue is on the Eastern Time Zone.

In light of potential impacts of Covid-19, we encourage Purdue visitors to inquire about hotel and travel adjustment or cancellation policies, as some dates may be subject to change.

Local Hotel Listings Greater Lafayette Visitor's Bureau

Transportation to Purdue

Air Travel: The nearest commercial airports are Indianapolis International (65 miles), Chicago O’Hare (140 miles) and Chicago Midway (130 miles). The Purdue Airport accommodates privately owned planes.

Airport Shuttles: Shuttle service is provided to and from Indianapolis by Lafayette Limo and Reindeer Shuttle. Shuttle service to and from Chicago O’Hare is provided by Express Air Coach, Lafayette Limo, and Reindeer Shuttle.

Other Commercial Travel: Amtrak and Greyhound also serve the area, stopping at a station in Lafayette. From there, visitors can ride Greater Lafayette's CityBus system to Purdue (about 1.5 miles).

Social Media

To keep updated with all that Purdue Orientation has to offer, be sure to check us out and join us on the following social media outlets: Orientation Programs Facebook, Orientation Programs Twitter page, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat (@allaboardpurdue). Follow us as we feature up-to-the-moment information, programmatic updates and answers to your questions.

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