What to expect at STAR

What is STAR?

Purdue’s Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) program is designed to ease a student’s transition to life at the University. Attendance at STAR helps students connect with the University community, meet with those who will aid them in their academic career, and establish relationships that will be important to their success. Students, along with their guests, attend sessions and perform tasks to prepare for their academic experience.  

Students receive academic advising to create their initial academic plan and prioritize course selections. Later in the day, students submit their course requests and preferences, identifying alternatives for individual selections where appropriate. Once STAR concludes in mid-July and after placement test results and advanced placement (AP) credits post, Purdue will create course schedules for all STAR and VSTAR participants to meet the greatest possible number of student priorities. Additionally, students and their guests participate in other important activities such as:

  • Learn about degree requirements and what students’ respective colleges have to offer
  • Complete optional placement testing (e.g. foreign language, COM 114, etc.)
  • Explore additional student support options (such as cultural and resource centers)
  • Attend sessions about dining plans, residential life, tuition and payments, and more

Parking and Check-In

Check-in information is currently unavailable, but will become available closer to our next STAR dates. Please continue to check back if you are expecting this information.


STAR parking is located at the North Stadium Lot at Ross Ade Stadium (North Stadium Parking Lot, Cherry Lane and John Wooden Drive, West Lafayette Indiana). Shuttles will be available from this location to check-in at the beginning and end of the STAR day. Don't forget to print your visitor's parking pass and display in your window during your STAR date!

Note that some pedestrian and vehicular routes may be affected by construction. Please be sure to follow directional signs to navigate around impacted routes


The calendar below shows which days are avalaible in 2020 for students to attend STAR. Check-in locations will be added at a future date - be sure to check back to this page before attending your STAR day.

  • Su
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  • Sa
  • Monday1
  • Tuesday2
  • Wednesday3
  • Thursday4
  • Friday5
  • Saturday6
  • Sunday7
  • Monday8
    Summer Start & Early Start
  • Tuesday9
    STAR Day
  • Wednesday10
  • Thursday11
    STAR Day
  • Friday12
    STAR Day
  • Saturday13
  • Sunday14
  • Monday15
    STAR Day
  • Tuesday16
    STAR Day
  • Wednesday17
  • Thursday18
    STAR Day
  • Friday19
    STAR Day
  • Saturday20
  • Sunday21
  • Monday22
    STAR Day
  • Tuesday23
    STAR Day
  • Wednesday24
  • Thursday25
    STAR Day
  • Friday26
    STAR Day
  • Saturday27
  • Sunday28
  • Monday29
    STAR Day
  • Tuesday30
    STAR Day
  • Su
  • Mo
  • Tu
  • We
  • Th
  • Fr
  • Sa
  • Wednesday1
  • Thursday2
    STAR Day
  • Friday3
    STAR Day
  • Saturday4
  • Sunday5
  • Monday6
    STAR Day
  • Tuesday7
    STAR Day
  • Wednesday8
  • Thursday9
    STAR Day
  • Friday10
    STAR Transfer Day
  • Saturday11
  • Sunday12
  • Monday13
  • Tuesday14
  • Wednesday15
  • Thursday16
  • Friday17
    Students receive their schedules.
  • Saturday18
  • Sunday19
  • Monday20
  • Tuesday21
  • Wednesday22
  • Thursday23
  • Friday24
  • Saturday25
  • Sunday26
  • Monday27
  • Tuesday28
  • Wednesday29
  • Thursday30
  • Friday31

Meeting your Academic Advisor

During each student’s on campus STAR day, new students will meet one-on-one with their academic advisor to request their fall courses. During this meeting, students will become prepared with the knowledge to register themselves for future courses as well as prepare for the college experience of interacting with their academic advisor.

This meeting is intended to foster the student and advisor relationship that will continue over time and establish the expectations of meeting with and initiating contact with their advisor.  Finally, students will begin to be empowered to advocate for themselves, beginning with the academic advising experience. During the student’s academic advising appointment, it is encouraged that guests of the student continue to engage in the various offerings of the day.

Preparing for your visit

Make sure to check your Purdue email daily; this is the best way to stay informed about Purdue's STAR program!

PurdueGuide Mobile App
  • Review your STAR schedule: Download the PurdueGuide app from the Google Play store or the Apple app store. The app will provide an electronic schedule of STAR sessions.
  • Once you have downloaded the PurdueGuide app, select the “Campus” tab in the lower right corner and tap “Find Guides.”
  • Select the STAR guide that correlates with your visit date and tap “Add Guide.”
  • Hit the back button. You will now be able to access the STAR guide under the “My Guides” section at the bottom of the Campus tab.
MyPurdue Student Portal
  • Log in to the  myPurdue student portal to finish any outstanding items on the New Student Task List, and make note of tasks that have early deadlines.
  • Register your guests at least one week before your STAR session
  • Complete the Student Information Form at least one week before your STAR session
  • Upload your ID card photo at least one full business day before your STAR session
  • Complete Immunization Requirements
  • Complete myCareerPlan 
  • Request transcripts for any Dual Credit courses (if applicable): Students who took Dual Credit courses will need to request a transcript from each institution that administered the Dual Credit courses to be sent to Purdue. Dual Credit courses taken at IPFW and PNW do not need to be submitted. Read more on Purdue's Transfer Credit website.
  • Take the ALEKS Math Assessment  (if applicable) – SAT and ACT math scores are used to determine initial placement in Purdue math courses. Students who have not completed the SAT or ACT, or whose scores fall below the necessary threshold to enter a desired course, may alternatively complete the free, online ALEKS Math Assessment before registering for courses.
Need to reschedule?

If you need to change your STAR date, you must do so more than one week in advance of your scheduled arrival. You can make this change by visiting the  myPurdue portal and clicking on "Select Your STAR Session" again (please note that space is limited). If you are within one week of arrival, drop your enrolled STAR date and select another session. If all sessions are full, you may request an exception and either participate in Virtual STAR or inquire about other available on-campus dates. Requests for exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis. If you show up on a day other than your scheduled date, your college/school may not be able to accommodate you. 

Things you must bring

  • 10-digit Purdue Identification (PUID) number. Find it on your admission letter
  • Parking permit (please print this out, write your STAR date in the bottom right corner, and display in your window during your visit)
  • Government-issued photo ID (driver's license, state ID, passport or military ID), which you will need to show to receive your Purdue ID card
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Note-taking materials 

Students with Disabilities

Purdue University is committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming experience for all students. To that end, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the office designated by Purdue to provide services, resources, and programs to facilitate equal access for disabled students, resulting in their full participation in curricular and co-curricular offerings.

Students and their guests who need accommodations during their STAR visit should indicate their needs when they register for a STAR date. 

Students needing accommodations during the school year are encouraged to schedule a DRC appointment during their STAR visit. This will be a 60-minute appointment and will enable the DRC to prioritize the following specific kinds of accommodations before class assignments:

  • Physical Access (stairs, desk, chairs, walking distances)
  • Course Materials (audio version, Braille, large font)
  • Timing of Classes (start time, end time, breaks, longer travel time)
Welcome Room

The DRC will also host an informational “Welcome Room” during STAR. Students and guests will be able to ask questions, learn how the DRC works with faculty to develop accommodations at Purdue, and schedule an appointment for a later date.

Please visit the DRC website for more information; you may also call 765-494-1247 or email  drc@purdue.edu to schedule an appointment. 

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