Preparing for BGR

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) next 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.

Before you arrive, you will want to read through the items below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us with the 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! You can register for BGR via the myPurdue portal. Your student account will be billed for the BGR program fee of $320. Payment is due by July 31 so you will not be asked to pay the fee upon registering. Once you have registered and been billed for the program, you will receive a confirmation.

Only students who have accepted their offer of admission to Purdue will be able to submit their BGR registration. 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 part of the $320 fee. The link to the BGR Fee Waiver Application, and details on how to apply, can be found on the New Student Task List in March. Students applying for the fee waiver must register for BGR first for their application to be fully considered. The BGR Fee Waiver Application will close on July 31. Please note students that receive a waiver will see that waiver applied to their student account in late July.


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

This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue has institued its 'Protect Purdue' initiative to keep students and their families 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. Please be sure to read through these materials carefully, and follow the given advice.

More about Protect Purdue

Students With Disabilities

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 at BGR

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.

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. All Purdue events will occur on Eastern time.

In light of potential impacts of coronavirus, 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) and 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, or by 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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