Move-in and Final Details

Welcome to Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi)! 

We are excited that you will be joining us for the BGRi, and later for Boiler Gold Rush (BGR), new student orientation programs, which will take place from Aug. 10-14, 2018. Attending BGRi and BGR the week before classes begin is your first step toward a successful experience at Purdue and in the United States. 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:

You may also print a PDF-version of the following information. 

A full list of activities is available on the Activities and Schedule page

Program Check-in

Upon arriving to Purdue’s campus, you should report directly to Krach Leadership Center, 1st Floor Lobby to check in to BGRi between the hours of 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10. There you will receive your Purdue University ID card (PUID) to access your residence hall doors and eat at the dining court, learn where to meet your Team Leader, get connected with our program schedule, and much more!

If you have not uploaded your photo for your PUID, please do so by visiting the ID card website. Please do this before you arrive in the United States so that it is ready for you to pick up when you arrive for BGRi. You must have your PUID by Saturday night dinner.

Move-in details

As a BGRi participant, your move-in date is Friday, Aug. 10.

Students living on campus: After checking in to BGRi, you will move in to your permanently assigned residence hall room beginning at 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10. Our Team Leaders will be stationed at our Residence Halls to assist you in moving in to your new home! Please remember that you cannot check-in to your assigned residence hall until Friday, Aug. 10. If you arrive after 8 p.m. on Friday, don’t worry! Residence halls will be open 24 hours so you will be able to move in and University Residences staff can assist you. You will then return to Krach Leadership Center to check in to BGRi on Saturday morning. If living within University Residences, a list of residence halls may be found by clicking on the name of your residence hall.

Students living off campus: If you are living Off Campus, it is your responsibility to contact your apartment property owner about your move-in and schedule that on your own and be ready to participate in BGRi programming on Friday, Aug. 10.


BGRi participants may begin using their meal swipes at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Throughout BGRi you will eat at Wiley Dining Court. You will use your PUID to enter the dining court for all meals during BGRi. You must have your PUID with you at all times to eat during BGRi. You must also always be wearing your name badge at all times. 

If your parents/family/guests eat in the dining court with you, they will be asked to pay the following price for breakfast ($8.03 including tax) and for lunch and dinner ($12.31 and $12.73 including tax, respectively).

*You must have your PUID to get into the dining court.

Friday, Aug. 10 (BGRi): Lunch and dinner provided
Saturday, Aug. 11 (BGRi): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Sunday, Aug. 12 (BGRi): Breakfast and lunch provided (dinner provided, though not in dining court)
Monday, Aug. 13 (BGRi): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Tuesday, Aug. 14 (BGRi/BGR): Breakfast, lunch provided. BGR begins, dinner provided
Wednesday, Aug. 15 (BGR): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Thursday, Aug. 16 (BGR):  Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Friday, Aug. 17 (BGR): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
Saturday, Aug. 18 (BGR): Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided

Team Leader

You will receive an email from your team leader as early as the first week of August. Your BGRi Team Leader is also your BGR Team Leader! You will officially meet your Team Leader and the rest of your group on Friday night, Aug. 10 Together with your leader and team, you will participate in team building activities, attend all events and get to know other new students. Most importantly, you will learn a great deal about Purdue and the United States and have a lot of fun!


International Parents Welcome Program

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR) has a wonderful program for international parents and families. The link to the parent schedule can be found here. Parent programming will begin on Friday, Aug. 10 and check in is at the same location as BGRi check-in. The student and parents' program are run separately, but concurrently. Please note that all programming will take place in the English language. If your parents or families want to participate, make sure that they registered through your MyPurdue Portal


  • Since you are a new international student to the United States, it is important that you make sure you have all of the proper paperwork. To review the paperwork you will need, take a look at the International Students and Scholars Guidebook. Please bring a document that has your Purdue identification number on it to check into BGRi and your on-campus housing! Purdue will need it to verify your identity. An example of a document with your Purdue identification number is your admission letter. 
  • Please watch this video for more information on your mandatory international student check-in appointment during BGRi. 


Purdue wants your BGRi and BGR experiences to be totally accessible. We recognize the different environments you will be experiencing during these events may impact your ability to access and fully participate in different ways. 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 bring this to the attention of your trained student leader or BGR staff. 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 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 (i.e., Campus Accessibility Guide, accessible parking, etc.), 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 (@boilergoldrush) and Snapchat (@boilergoldrush). 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!

Want to view the schedule on your smartphone? Download our BoilerGuide app to see the most up-to-date BGR schedule as well as see some other resources you can use throughout the year!

Team Leader

BGRi Team Leader is also your BGR Team Leader! You will officially meet your Team Leader and the rest of your group on Sunday, Aug 12! Together with your leader and team, you will participate in team building activities, attend all events and get to know other new students. Most importantly, you will learn a great deal about Purdue and the United States and have a lot of fun!



Q. What are we doing during Boiler Gold Rush International?
We have all sorts of activities planned for the program. You will be busy from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on most days. Some of the highlights of BGRi 2018 include: an Opening Ceremony to start BGRi, a soccer (or football as you might call it in your country) tournament, a welcome from your college, store runs to get bank accounts, basic necessities, and cell phone supplies, and academic and cultural programming to help learn about the American classroom and Purdue culture.

Q. What should I wear during Boiler Gold Rush International?
You will be doing a lot of walking throughout the week so you will want to wear comfortable shoes. It will probably be very hot during the week so be sure to bring shorts and t-shirts. We will be doing a range of activities, which include walking back and forth between the residence halls and the academic part of campus, sitting in the grass, and participating in sporting activities.

Q. Do I have to attend all the sessions during Boiler Gold Rush International?
You are expected to attend all of the BGRi events. We encourage you to take advantage of all the great things we have planned for the week.

Q. Will I need extra money for Boiler Gold Rush International?
There are no additional costs associated with the BGRi program other than the $320 BGR fee. Unless of course you purchase items on store runs! They will have great student discounts during these events! BGRi store runs will include shopping to Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy.

Q. Am I in a group with my roommate?
Teams are created at random based on your area of living. You will have peers on your team from your residence hall and halls close to yours. You may even have some off-campus students too! It’s important to meet and greet with all kinds of peers during BGRi and BGR. Your roommate may or may not be on your team!

Q. What should I do before I arrive to BGRi?
Besides packing and preparing for the start of school, we hope that you took a few minutes to complete the Pre-Arrival Homework in Blackboard. You should have received an email regarding instructions on completing this experience. All topics will be discussed during BGR; however, there is one topic that directed you to do an assessment. Did you complete the myStrengths Assessment in the Leadership and Professional Development section? If not, please do so before you arrive to BGRi. You do not want to be the only one in your team that did not complete it!

Common Bond

Want to get ahead of the madness and learn the Common Bond dance we created? Common Bond means something everyone can do together! Watch our YouTube video to check it out!

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