Welcome to Boiler Gold Rush!

We are excited that you will be joining us for the Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) new student orientation program, which will take place Aug. 17-22, 2020. 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 in July. 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

Whether you are living on or off campus this year, all new students will check-in to BGR at the same location on Monday, August 17 or Tuesday, August 18, 2020. On campus students will be able to select a move-in time in the summer. For answers to specific residence hall questions, please contact the front desk of your residence hall.

Off Campus Housing Information

If you plan on living off-campus in the fall, please check in with your landlord or leasing office to confirm your move-in date. You may park in the Ross Ade Stadium North or "R" parking lot while you check in, and each day during 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.

Team Leader

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!

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 will claim recognition as the Inter-Hall Team Showdown Champion.


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.

Students with Disability

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 drc@purdue.edu 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 allergicboiler@purdue.edu. 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 Facebook, Boiler Gold Rush Twitter page, Instagram (@allaboardpurdue) and Snapchat (@allaboardpurdue). 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!

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