What You Need to Know

We are excited for you to experience Boiler Gold Rush this August. Purdue University plans to deliver Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) this Fall as it has for over 30 years.

Before you arrive, you will want to read through the items below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us using the contact information on our Home page, or by calling 765-494-9328.

Official Dates

This year, Boiler Gold Rush will be taking place from Aug. 13-17, 2024. Students will be able to move-in for BGR from Aug. 11-13.

Students will have the opportunity to move-in for BGR shortly before programming begins. This year, students will be assigned a move-in timeslot, which will be released with student housing assignment notifications. More information about move-in can be found on the Housing website.

If you have any questions about University Residences or the move-in process, please send an email to housing@purdue.edu or visit housing.purdue.edu.

Registering for BGR

Registration for BGR and BGRi will open in early March, and new students may register via the myPurdue portal.

Your student account will be billed for the BGR program fee of $375. 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, 2024, 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 $375 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.

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 the beginning of August when Fall assessment for tuition and 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 $375
  • 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.

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 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 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 allergicboiler@purdue.edu. 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  mwinkele@purdue.edu.

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.

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 also provided by 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).

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