Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find a list of our frequently asked questions about this upcoming summer. This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Don't see your particular question? Feel free to reach out via email at to request more specific information, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Top Questions

When does move-in start for Boiler Gold Rush 2024?

This year, Boiler Gold Rush will be taking place from Aug. 13-17, 2024. Students will be able to move into their residence halls from Aug. 11-13.

When do meals start for BGR student participants?

Meals start as soon as the student is checked in to the BGR program on their day of move-in.

What should I wear during Boiler Gold Rush?

You will be doing a lot of walking throughout the week, so you will want to wear comfortable shoes. August in Indiana is often very hot (80-90 degrees, Fahrenheit), so be sure to wear shorts and T-shirts. Be sure to wear things that allow you to participate in a variety of activities.

Other Questions

How does Purdue ensure that BGR programming is accessible to all students?

Purdue Orientation Programs is dedicated to ensuring that its programs are accessible to all people. Accessibility is never an afterthought, and all incoming students can expect to be able to participate fully in Purdue Orientation. Visit our BGR Accessibility page to learn more about closed captioning and the BGR Sensory Guide. If you would like more information about accessibility at Purdue in general, please visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC) website.

If I am living off-campus or am a transfer student, will I be in a group with other off-campus or transfer students?

Yes. Students are grouped according to living arrangements to create community. Transfer students will be paired together as well.

If I am living in a University Residence Hall, will I be in a group with my roommate?

Potentially. Teams are created at random based on your area of living. You will have peers on your team from your residence hall and halls close to yours. You may even have some off-campus students, too! It’s important to meet and greet with all kinds of peers during BGR.

Will I need extra money for Boiler Gold Rush?

There are no additional costs associated with the BGR program outside of the registration fee, unless you choose to purchase personal items.

If I’m living off campus and commuting to BGR programming each day, will I have to pay for parking?

No, students living off campus (not in University Residences housing) will be able to park at a designated location at no cost during the program only. Parking locations will be shared early August before the start of the program. Parking enforcement will resume in traditional ways after Boiler Gold Rush International and Boiler Gold Rush concludes.

What should I do before I arrive at BGR?

Besides packing and preparing for the start of school, you will need to complete Purdue 102 in Brightspace (available in June). All topics will be discussed during BGR; however, there is one topic that will direct you to complete a 'myStrengths' assessment. Make sure you complete the myStrengths Assessment in the Finishing Up Purdue 102 section, under the Purdue 102 Checklist before you arrive at BGR.

I’m an ROTC student, a member of Purdue Bells, or participating in the Jump Start program through Dining and Culinary and will have commitments the week of BGR – should I still participate in BGR?

Yes! We recommend registering for the program because our office coordinates with each program to make sure you’re able to participate in aspects of both programs without any issues.

I will be participating in Early or Summer Start on campus this summer? Should I still do Boiler Gold Rush in August?

Absolutely! BGR will further your understanding of Purdue’s campus, facilitate connections with students in your academic major who are starting in the fall, and teach you much more about the many resources and offices that exist to support students beyond your first summer on campus.

Will I still receive a proper orientation if I can’t participate in BGR due to being a part of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band Camp, a Purdue Athletics team, or a Purdue Musical Organization (Purdue Varsity Glee Club or Purduettes)?

Of course! Step 4 in our All-Aboard orientation process is participating in a Purdue Welcome program such as camp for the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band or Purdue Musical Organizations, commitments for varsity athletics, or the Span Plan Nontraditional Student Campus Welcome. All of these programs will introduce you to campus.

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