BGR / BGRi Final Details

We are thrilled for you to join us for our student orientation programs, BGR and BGRi! This page contains a thorough list of what you need to know about arriving on campus and transitioning to Purdue. Be sure to:

  • Read through this page thoroughly, and ensure that all necessary tasks are completed
  • Understand that things may change between now and your arrival

Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) and Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) Basics

When is the program?

Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) take place Saturday, Aug. 13 through Monday, Aug. 15. Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)  takes place Tuesday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, August 20. Plan to be busy each day – events start at 9 AM and end around 10 PM each night.

When and where should i arrive?

BGRi participants living in University Residences should arrive to McCutcheon Hall within their selected move-in window on Friday, Aug. 12. BGR participants living in University Residences should arrive within their selected move-in window between Sunday, Aug. 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 16 and go to their assigned University Residences satellite location at either Ross-Ade Stadium Lots or Airport Lot between the hours of 9 AM to 6 PM. From there, you will be directed to your Residence Hall to unload your belongings at your Residence. Our BGR/BGRi Team Leaders will be stationed at Residence Halls to assist you in moving in to your new home. If you arrive after 6 PM, don’t worry! Residence halls will be open 24 hours so you will be able to move in and University Residences staff can assist you.

After you have moved in, on-campus students living in University Residences will go to the Cordova Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec), Black and Gold Gyms 4-6 to check-in to BGRi and BGR. BGRi and BGR Check-in hours of operation run from 9 AM to 6 PM on Aug. 12 through 15 and from 9 AM to 3 PM on Aug. 16. Please reference the BGR Check-in guide in the Purdue Guide app for your specific check-in window.

 Off-campus students can go to the Co-Rec at any time during the check-in hours listed above.

What if I arrive Late?

Students who miss the BGRi and BGR Check-in hours of operation should do the following:

  • Contact their Team Leader as soon as they arrive (students will receive an email from their TL by Aug. 11)
  • BGRi students that miss the BGRi check-in hours should check-in to BGRi the following morning on Aug. 13 at the Co-Rec Black and Gold Gyms 4-6.
  • BGR students that miss the BGR check-in hours should check-in to BGR the following day at the BGR Help Desk located on the first floor of Krach Leadership Center from Wednesday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 19 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
How do I download the BGR and BGRi schedule?

The final BGR and BGRi Schedule will be available on the PurdueGuide app starting Aug. 1. To view the full schedule, you will need to:

  1. Download the free PurdueGuide app from the Google Play or Apple app store.
  2. After downloading PurdueGuide, open the app and select "Explore" on the bottom of your screen.
  3. You should see the featured guide "Boiler Gold Rush 2022" at the top of the list of guides. Select this guide and press "Download".
    1. Alternatively, you can find the Boiler Gold Rush 2022 guide by using the "Find Guides" feature in the bottom right of the app.
  4. You can then open the guide and view the BGR schedule by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top left of the app, and then selecting "BGR Schedule".
What is a Team Leader?

During BGR, you will be assigned to a team of 15 to 20 other students led by a BGR Team Leader (TL) who is a current Purdue undergraduate student. Your TL will be contacting you by Aug. 11 to introduce themselves and provide final details. BGRi groups will be smaller groups of 8 to 10 international students.

How are New Student Groups Organized?

All participants are sorted into one of our five BGR Hall Teams based on where they live. Throughout the week, these Hall Teams participate in friendly interhall team competitions and earn points for the Interhall Team Showdown! One Hall Team will be crowned the winner on the last day of BGR. All off campus students are split between our five Hall Teams. A breakdown of all Hall Teams is listed below:

  • CHiP includes Cary Quadrangle, Frieda Parker Hall, Winifred Parker Hall, Grant 333, Hawkins Hall, Hilltop Apartments, and Honors College Residences
  • SWOO includes Meredith Hall, Meredith South, and Wiley Hall
  • McHarrison includes McCutcheon Hall, Harrison Hall, First Street Towers, and Hillenbrand Hall
  • T-WOW includes Tarkington Hall, Windsor Hall, Owen Hall, Aspire, Benchmark II, Cedarwood, Fuse, Russell 414, Salisbury Campus, Steely 410, Village West, Waldron 125, Waldron 19, Waldron 417, and Waldron Square
  • Shrevehart includes Shreve Hall and Earhart Hall
Where can I park during the program if I have a car?

Students driving to campus each day may park at the McCutcheon Parking Garage, University Street Garage, or the Co-Rec ABC Lot from Aug. 12 - Aug. 21. Off campus students commuting to Boiler Gold Rush each day will be able to use these three lots throughout the week. All other parking lots are subject to ticketing. 

How will I eat?

All BGR participants will have access to three meals a day as soon as they check in to BGR, as early as Aug. 12 (if BGRi) or Aug. 14 (if BGR). In order to enter the dining court, you will need your PUID card and your BGR nametag (neck wallet) and wristband on at all times. If you misplace your wristband, you will have to pay $30 to replace it since it's your ticket to food. This will be charged to your student account.

During the program, students will eat at a variety of assigned dining locations on campus - they will get to try all of the dining courts as well as the Purdue Memorial Union! For more information on dining, visit the Purdue Dining Website. Please download the Purdue Mobile Menus app on the Apple or Android app store to check out daily menus!

What if I have food Allergies?

Campus Dining Courts take food allergies into careful consideration and are likely able to accommodate your dietary needs. Students are encouraged to contact a trained dining administrator with questions at While inside, dining staff will be more than willing to assist you, just be sure to communicate your needs each day.

What should i know about Protect Purdue?

In 2020, Purdue University established "Protect Purdue", an outline to staying safe during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, Boilermakers have taken extraordinary and persistent steps to protect each other and our campus community. We encourage all incoming students to visit the Protect Purdue website to be aware of the latest guidance on campus. A few key things to know for BGR:

  • You should review the Protect Purdue Pledge - Protect Myself, Protect Others, Protect the Purdue Community.
  • Students can choose to wear a mask throughout the program.
  • If you are exposed to COVID-19, please review the Protect Purdue website linked above.
  • If you are sick or experiencing any  symptoms of COVID-19 , stay home and do not attend BGR events. If you are at BGR when symptoms begin, go home immediately.

If you haven't already, we encourage anyone fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to submit proof of vaccination. Purdue does not currently require the booster for a person to be considered fully vaccinated, but individuals who receive the booster are encouraged to submit proof of receiving it. Find more details about submitting proof of and getting a COVID-19 vaccination on the Protect Purdue Vaccination Information webpage.

Where do I go If I need help during the week?

During BGR, the BGR Help Desk will be located at the Krach Leadership Center first floor lobby (across from the elevators) from 9 AM to 5 PM starting Wednesday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 19. BGR Team Supervisors will be there to help answer any questions, guide you to your Team Leader, and check students in late.

When will I get my PUID Card?

On Campus students will receive their Purdue University ID (PUID) card at their Satellite Location (as long as they have uploaded a photo beforehand). Off-campus students will receive their PUID card at BGR Check-in at the Co-Rec. Make sure to  submit your PUID photo in advance so your ID card is ready when you arrive.

What can my parents or guests do during bGR and BGRi?

International parents and guests are welcome to participate in the International Parents Welcome program coordinated by the International Students & Scholars office. This welcome program takes place the same days as BGRi from Saturday, Aug. 13 to Monday, Aug. 15. International students should have pre-registered their guests. For questions about this program, please contact

Parent and Family Connections will host welcome receptions for all parents and guests during BGR move-in days starting Sunday, Aug. 14, through Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Co-Rec Black and Gold Gyms 1-3. Find more information on the Parent and Family Connections website. The first 30 minutes of the Boiler Gold Rush Kickoff event at 8 PM on Tuesday evening on Aug. 16 will be livestreamed on our Orientation Programs Youtube channel for all parents and families. 

Complete These Tasks Before Arriving to Campus

Complete New Student Task List

Log into the myPurdue Portal and complete any outstanding items on your New Student Task List, especially uploading your PUID card photo for your ID card so it's ready for pickup upon your arrival.

Complete VSTAR Part 2

Log into Brightspace to review and complete VSTAR Part 2. Completion of VSTAR Part 2 is required before you arrive to campus.

Reserve Airport Transportation to Campus

If you are flying to Purdue, you can reserve a transportation shuttle directly to Purdue University from Indianapolis and Chicago Airports. Visit our  "BGR: What You Need to Know" page to review commercial travel options. Please know we will not be storing luggage upon your arrival to campus so plan to keep watch of your personal belongings. 

Check Your Purdue Email Regularly

Between now and the start of classes, a variety of key Purdue offices will provide information via email and your online myPurdue portal. It’s important that you’re checking your email address regularly. Use your Purdue online career account to log in to your Purdue Microsoft Office 365 account. More information is available on the Information Technology at Purdue website.

Complete Immunization Requirements

Complete your immunization requirements through the Purdue University Student Health (PUSH) center. To schedule an appointment, please call 765-494-1273.

Review the Map of Campus

Purdue University is a big place! Review this map to familiarize yourself with campus. Please know that Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana in the Eastern Time Zone. We highly recommend you learn where the France A. Cordova Recreational Center (CREC) and the Krach Leadership Center (KRCH) is, as both will be important locations during your BGR and BGRi experience.

Request Disability-Related Accommodations

Purdue wants your BGR experience to be accessible. We recognize the different environments you will be experiencing during BGR may impact your ability to access and fully participate in different ways. We encourage students with disabilities to 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 Team Leader or BGR professional staff for assistance.

Student Success at Purdue, KRCH 4th Floor, 1198 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47907, 765-494-9328

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