Move-in and Final Details

Welcome to Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)! 

We are excited that you will be joining us for the Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) new student orientation program, which will take place Aug. 12-17, 2019. BGR is sponsored by Student Success Programs, which is a part of the Office of the Provost. Attending BGR the week before classes begin is your first step toward a successful experience at Purdue. Throughout the week of BGR, you will have the opportunity to meet over 85 percent of the new students attending Purdue this fall, as well as several hundred current Purdue students who will help guide you throughout the week as you adjust to your new “home-away-from home.” Please read all of the information below very carefully! Once you've read the information in its entirety, you may revisit this page and navigate to specific sections listed below:

We are paperless! Please download the PurdueGuide app for the most up-to-date BGR schedule. Students can log in to PurdueGuide using their Purdue career account username and password. Select the campus tab in the lower right corner and tap “Find Guides.” Select the BGR Guide and tap “Add Guide.” Your team leader also can share schedule information once BGR begins.

Check-in details for on-campus students:

Before coming to Purdue’s campus, please visit the UR move-in website for information on accessing campus, navigating to your check-in location, as well as parking instructions. As a reminder, you will be scheduled to move in at the time you selected on your myPurdue account. If you do not know your move-in time, please contact the front desk of your residence hall.

Check-in details for off-campus students

Participants who do not live within University Residences are considered off-campus participants. You will check in from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, OR from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in the Armstrong Hall Atrium. You may park in the Ross Ade Stadium North or "R" parking lot while you check in and each day during BGR. Look for the “Off-Campus Participant Check-In” signs near Armstrong Hall.  

Team Leader

All new students are assigned to a Team Leader who is part of a BGR “Hall Team.” These Hall Teams are created to build connection and community based on where students live. Hall Teams will compete against each other throughout the week in different participation-based challenges, with the winner claiming recognition as the Inter-Hall Team Showdown Championship. 

Together you will participate in team building activities, attend all activities and events and get to know other new students. Most importantly, you will learn a great deal about Purdue and have a lot of fun! 


Purdue wants BGR to be accessible to all. We recognize the different environments you will be experiencing during these events may impact your ability to access and fully participate in different ways. 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

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. 

BGR Social Media

Check us out and join us on the following social media outlets: Boiler Gold Rush FacebookBoiler Gold Rush Twitter pageInstagram (@boilergoldrush) and Snapchat (@boilergoldrush). Follow us as we feature up-to-the-moment information, programmatic updates and answers to your questions. Post a selfie on your social media and put the #BGRSelfie! Tag us @boilergoldrush and you may see some of your pictures during the week of BGR! 

Things to Bring

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring weather-appropriate clothing (rain jacket, sunglasses, sunblock, hats, etc.) and a reusable water bottle. 

Please visit the University Residences website for a full list of what to bring (and what not to bring) for when you move in. Please do not bring your own wireless router or printer. Wi-Fi is provided in each residence hall, and personal wireless routers may interfere with its performance. Printers are available in computer labs and other locations on campus. 


What activities take place during Boiler Gold Rush? 
We have all sorts of activities planned for the program. You will be busy from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on most days. Some of the highlights of BGR 2019 include: Boiler Up Rally with Purdue athletics, Boiler Bridge Bash with community businesses and giveaways, B-Involved Fair with student organizations, and a trip to Meijer for fun and games. 

Are there any events for parents or guests?
Parent and Family Connections will host several 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 in the summer, so be sure to wear shorts and T-shirts. Be sure to wear things that allow you to participate in a variety of activities.

If I am living off-campus, will I be in a group with other off-campus students?  
Yes. Students are grouped according to living arrangements to create community. 

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, unless you choose to purchase personal items.

Where do I park during Boiler Gold Rush if I am living off campus? 
When you arrive for check-in, you will park at the Ross Ade Stadium North or "R" Lot. During the week of BGR, you can park at the Recreational Sports Center or Ross Ade parking lots. Parking permits are relaxed in these two locations during the week of BGR (so you will not need a parking permit to park in these two locations). Once you meet your team leader, you will identify spots each day to meet up with your team! 

How do I get a parking permit for the school year? 
Check out the parking website for your options or drop by to ask any questions after you check-in. (Parking Services, Materials Management and Distribution Center, 700 Ahlers Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907).

When do my meals start? Who do I eat with?
Meal swipes for Boiler Gold Rush participants begin at 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. You must have your PUID to get into the dining court. Once you are checked in to BGR, you will be required to go to a specific dining court based on your wristband color. You will get more information on this when you check-in. 

You will meet your team leader Tuesday night after dinner at Meet the Teams. Starting Wednesday, you will eat with your team leader and team. You will receive your Meet the Team information when you check-in to BGR. 

Keep in mind your meals are included in the BGR fee, so if you bring anyone with you on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday they will pay the following at the door of the dining court (with tax included):

  • Breakfast $8.03
  • Lunch $12.31
  • Dinner $12.73 

What should I do before I arrive for BGR? 
Besides packing and preparing for the start of school, you will need to complete the Pre-Arrival Homework in Blackboard (available in late July). All topics will be discussed during BGR; however, there is one topic that directed you to do an assessment. Did you complete the myStrengths Assessment in the Leadership and Professional Development section? If not, please do before you arrive to BGR. You do not want to be the only one in your team who did not complete it!

Common Bond Dance

Each year, Boiler Gold Rush participants will have an opportunity to participate in one of our biggest orientation traditions called the Common Bond Dance. Common Bond means something everyone can do together! Watch our YouTube video to check out the 2019 dance!

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