Before You Arrive

Please note: The following information was created for BGR 2020. At this time, registration information for BGR 2021 is not available. Please continue to monitor your Purdue email and this website if you are expecting information regarding BGR 2021.

We are excited to have you joining us for Boiler Gold Rush 2020. 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 BGR

Register for BGR via the myPurdue portal. If you are participating in BGR and/or BGRi in person,  your student account will be billed for the BGR in person program fee of $320 (you will not need to make an online payment at this time). Payment is due by July 31. Once you have registered and been billed for the program, you will receive a confirmation.

If you are participating in BGR and/or BGRi online because you are an online student in the fall, you will not be charged a fee. Your student record will let us know what BGR experience you will be participating so all you have to do is register.

Only students who have accepted their offer of admission to Purdue will be able to submit their BGR registration. The deadline for registering for BGR and BGRi is July 31st, though exceptions may be made afterwards in some cases.

Waivers and Scholarships

A limited number of need-based waivers are available to cover all or part of the in-person experience $320 fee. The link to the BGR 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 BGR for their application to be fully considered. The BGR Fee Waiver Application will close on July 31. Please note students that receive a waiver will see that waiver applied to their student account on or around July 23.


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

  • Through July 31: Full refund of $320
  • Aug. 1 and later: No refund

You must cancel your BGR registration to generate the refund or fee remission (in accordance with these dates). If you do not pay the registration fee at the time of registration and then cancel your BGR registration after the full refund date, you will still be responsible for the registration fee.

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 Fall, 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 BGR begins at 765-494-1247 or email and identify that you are participating in Boiler Gold Rush. If during your BGR experience you discover an unforeseen barrier to your participation, please alert your BGR team leader. We take accessibility seriously and welcome your input.

Food Allergies at BGR

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 and Transportation

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. All Purdue events will occur on Eastern time.

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

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Air Travel

The nearest commercial airports are Indianapolis International (65 miles) and 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, or by 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 (@allaboardpurdue) and Snapchat (@allaboardpurdue). Follow us as we feature up-to-the-moment information, programmatic updates and answers to your questions.

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