Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find a list of our frequently asked questions about this upcoming summer. This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Don't see your particular question? Feel free to fill out the form on our home page to request more specific information, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Top Questions

Will the fall semester be online for international students?

Purdue is preparing online classes for those who are unable to secure a U.S. student visa for the fall semester and/or are unable to travel to West Lafayette, Indiana.

When will the BGR and BGRi schedules be released?

Details on the BGR and BGRi schedules will be released later this summer via email and on this website.

What will Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) and Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) be like in-person?

Purdue plans to deliver Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) this Fall as it has for over twenty-five years. Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) content will be delivered during the week of BGR from August 18 to 22. Although the purposes of these programs will remain the same, there will be necessary modifications made to support Protect Purdue. For example, with restrictions in place regarding gatherings over 150, BGR and BGRi will adjust the structure to allow for interactions among smaller groups of students. The duration of BGR is planned to be similar to past years. More details about the program are expected to be announced publicly mid-June.

Can I still be involved in Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) or Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) as an online student?

Yes. Incoming students who select the online learning option for Fall 2020 will be able to participate in elements of BGR and BGRi. Students will need to register, but will not be charged a fee. More details about the online program are expected to be announced publicly at a later date.

What if I have other questions?

If you have more questions regarding BGRi – please contact Orientation Programs at or call (765) 494-9328

For questions regarding immigration/international student visa etc., please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) at or call 765-494-5770 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For questions regarding your admissions status, please visit this Frequently Asked Questions page for important information or contact the Office of Admissions at or call 765-494-1776.

Spring 2021 Questions

Will I be able to be on campus in the spring 2021 semester?

The Purdue Board of Trustees is currently working to finalize plans for the Spring 2021 semester, and information will be released in the coming weeks. Please continue to monitor your email and check back to this website for more information.

What should I do about housing for Spring 2021?

A housing contract will be available for the Spring 2021 semester in October. You will receive more information and instructions closer to that time.

What can I expect in preparation for my arrival in the spring of 2021?

We are working hard to build a spring orientation experience for students who arrive in the spring semester. More information will be emailed to students as soon as possible. If you are planning on living on campus, you will receive more information and instructions sometime in the fall from University Residences.

Other Questions

If things get better or my embassy begins accepting appointments, can I get an I-20 for fall?

With the suspension of normal visa processing, the closing of U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe, and current travel restrictions to the United States, it will be a great challenge for our students from abroad to safely arrive on campus in time to begin the fall semester. Therefore, Purdue University has suspended issuing visa eligibility documents to new beginning undergraduate students (I-20/DS-2019) for the fall 2020 semester.

If you believe you will be able to obtain a visa for the fall 2020 semester, please email for more information.

What do I need to be able to participate in virtual orientation events?

Access to reliable internet and a quiet and comfortable space to engage with our online content is needed to participate in virtual orientation events.

If I am participating in BGRi programming in person, how do I get to Purdue from the airport?

If you arrive in Chicago, Illinois or Indianapolis, Indiana you can make a reservation with one of the following transportation services. Each service will drop you off at Purdue University.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Indianapolis International Airport

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