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 fill out the form on our home page to request more specific information, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Please note that these FAQ questions will be updated with more information about BGR 2022 at a future date, as information has not yet been finalzied.

Top Questions


When does move-in start for Boiler Gold Rush 2022?

Move-in for BGR participants will take place from August 14-16, or August 12 for BGRi participants, whether you are living in University Residences or off-campus. If you are living in University Residences and have questions about their move-in process, please visit the University Residences website. If you are living off-campus, please connect with your property manager so you can settle in time for BGR.

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.

When do activities begin for Boiler Gold Rush/Boiler Gold Rush International?

BGR and BGRi participants will have the opportunity to connect with their BGR Team Leader each day during the move-in period leading up to BGR. BGR activities will begin on the evening of the final day of move-in.

Are there any events for family and guests?

Parent and Family Connections will host several online events for Parents and Guests on BGR move-in dates. Please make sure your family and guests are aware of these opportunities. There is no registration required. Find more information on the Parent and Family Connections website.

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.

What should I do before I arrive at BGR?

Besides packing and preparing for the start of school, you will need to complete the Pre-Arrival Homework in Brightspace (available in late July). 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 Leadership and Professional Development section before you arrive at BGR.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be required for BGR/BGRi participants?

Undergraduate students who are new to Purdue, new to the Purdue-West Lafayette campus, or transferring from another institution are welcome to participate in BGR/BGRi regardless of their vaccination status. All students are expected to understand and comply with University guidance related to the Protect Purdue Plan.

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