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 at or call 765-494-9328.

Registering for Boiler Cold Rush

Register for Boiler Cold Rush via the myPurdue portal. After registering for Boiler Cold Rush, your student account will be billed for the 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). 

Registration for Boiler Cold Rush is open now, and will close on January 9, 2025. Only students who have accepted their offer of admission to Purdue will be able to submit their Boiler Cold Rush registration. Students who are admitted to the University after January 2nd may request an exception to participate by emailing

Paying for Boiler Cold Rush

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, 2025.

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.

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

  • Mid-October – Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver applications open
  • Late November – Select Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver decisions begin
  • December– Most Boiler Cold Rush Fee Waiver decisions begin on a rolling basis
  • January 9, 2025 – 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 9: Full Refund
  • January 10 or later: No Refund

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

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.

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).

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