Preparing for BGR

Check-In: Looking for Check-In information? Download  our BGR Check-in Guide to learn when and where you can check in for Boiler Gold Rush and Boiler Gold Rush International.

We are excited for you to experience Boiler Gold Rush 2021. Please know that even in this unprecedented time at Purdue University, we are still working to bring you the best experience possible. We plan to deliver Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) this Fall as it has for over 25 years. Although the purpose of this program will remain the same, there will be necessary modifications made to support Protect Purdue and keep all participants safe.

Before you arrive, you will want to read through the items below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us through our contact form on our Home Page or call 765-494-9328.

Official Dates

Boiler Gold Rush and Boiler Gold Rush International traditionally take place the week before Fall classes begin. This year, BGR and BGRi will take place from Tuesday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.

Move-in for BGR participants will take place from Saturday, Aug. 14, through Tuesday, Aug. 17, 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.

Registering for BGR

Registration for BGR and BGRi is now open!

  • New students can register for BGR via the  myPurdue portal.
  • Current first year online students that were directly invited to BGR via email can find the BGR Registration link in their Purdue email inbox.

Your student account will be billed for the BGR program fee of $320. You are not expected to pay the fee at the time of registration. Payment is recommended by July 31. Payment is due alongside Tuition and Fees at the start of the semester. Once you have registered you will receive a registration confirmation email.

Only students who have accepted their offer of admission to Purdue and online students that have been directly invited to participate in BGR this year will be able to register for BGR and BGRi. The deadline for registering for BGR and BGRi is July 31, though exceptions may be made for students who are admitted to the university after this date.

BGR Fee Waivers

A limited number of need-based waivers are available to cover all or half of the $320 fee.

  • New students can find the link to the BGR Fee Waiver Application, and details on how to apply, on the New Student Task List in their MyPurdue portal.
  • Current first year online students that were directly invited to BGR via email can find the BGR Fee Waiver Application link in their Purdue email inbox.

Students applying for a fee waiver must register for BGR first for their application to be fully considered. The BGR Fee Waiver Application will close on July 31. All BGR Fee Waivers will show on your student account late July when the fall assessment for tuition & fees occurs.


If you request a refund before the cutoff date, you are eligible to receive your full refund. The refund schedule is as follows:

  • Through July 31: Full refund of $320
  • Aug. 1 and later: No refund

You must cancel your BGR registration to generate the refund or fee remission (in accordance with these dates). If you do not pay the registration fee at the time of registration and then cancel your BGR registration after the full refund date, you will still be responsible for the registration fee.

Protect Purdue Materials

Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue institued its 'Protect Purdue' initiative to keep students safe on campus. Before arriving on campus this Fall, students will be given prep materials orienting them to campus, including new COVID-19-related expectations, such as possible required health screenings and/or COVID-19 testing or vaccination opportunities. Please be sure to read through these materials carefully, and follow the given advice.

More about Protect Purdue

Students With Disabilities

Purdue University is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus community and offers numerous resources to students and visitors who may need additional assistance while attending, visiting and/or working for the University. We encourage students with disabilities to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as soon as possible so that we may develop plans with you to provide you the best access. Please contact the 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 at BGR

Campus Dining Courts take food allergies and dietary needs into consideration. Students 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. If you have any dietary concerns prior to BGR you can contact Dining and Catering's Dietician at

Lodging at Purdue

There are several options for students and families who decide to stay overnight. For information about on-campus accommodations, please contact Purdue's Union Club Hotel to check room availability during on-campus orientation events. As a reminder, Purdue is on the Eastern Time Zone.

In light of potential impacts of Covid-19, we encourage Purdue visitors to inquire about hotel and travel adjustment or cancellation policies, as some dates may be subject to change.

Local Hotel Listings Greater Lafayette Visitor's Bureau

Transportation to Purdue

Air Travel: The nearest commercial airports are Indianapolis International (65 miles), Chicago O’Hare (140 miles) and Chicago Midway (130 miles). The Purdue Airport accommodates privately owned planes.

Airport Shuttles: Shuttle service is provided to and from Indianapolis by Lafayette Limo and Reindeer Shuttle. Shuttle service to and from Chicago O’Hare is provided by Express Air Coach, Lafayette Limo, and Reindeer Shuttle.

Other Commercial Travel: Amtrak and Greyhound also serve the area, stopping at a station in Lafayette. From there, visitors can ride Greater Lafayette's CityBus system to Purdue (about 1.5 miles).

Social Media

To keep updated with all that Purdue Orientation has to offer, be sure to check us out and join us on the following social media outlets: Orientation Programs Facebook, Orientation Programs Twitter page, Instagram (@allaboardpurdue), Snapchat (@allaboardpurdue), and Tik Tok (@allaboardpurdue). Follow us as we feature up-to-the-moment information, programmatic updates and answers to your questions!

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