New Student Task List

Purdue’s New Student Task List (NST) provides a centralized checklist of steps for new and transfer students to take before they begin classes at Purdue. Your task list contains a variety of important announcements and to-do items, such as accepting your offer of admission, submitting your housing application, registering for orientation, and more.

It is important to check your new student task list regularly, as new items will appear at different times before the start of your first semester.

Why is the New Student Task List Important?

We know there are a lot of things to do before you get to Purdue, and it might feel overwhelming at first. The New Student Task List was designed specifically to help incoming students keep track of what needs to be completed so they can make a smooth transition to Purdue. The task list contains information about financial aid, orientation, and other steps, as well as links to other Purdue resources where you can learn more about each particular task.

How Can I Access my New Student Task List?

You can find your New Student Task List in your myPurdue student portal.

To gain access to your myPurdue portal, you must activate your online career account via the account activation website. You will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which were provided in your admission offer letter. You may be prompted to setup a BoilerKey (two-factor authentication), but you have 7 months to set this up to login to systems such as myPurdue. For more information about BoilerKey please see this FAQ page.

What can I expect to find on my New Student Task List?

It may feel like there are lots of tasks for you to complete, but each item is important for a successful transition to Purdue and every item should be reviewed and completed as indicated.

A description of these task items can be found in your task list. Please note that if you are a Transfer student or an International student, you may see a different set of task items intended on supporting your unique transition.

In general, you can expect to use your NST to take care of things like:

Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Accept your offer of Admission to Purdue and pay the $400 deposit
  • Affirm your financial responsibility
  • View financial aid and award notifications
Academics
  • Learn about the ALEKS Math Placement Exam
  • Fill out your Student Information Form to help your advisor get to know you
  • Fill out your "myCareer Plan"
  • Accept your admission to Purdue’s Honor’s College
Housing
  • Join a Learning Community
  • Complete University Residences Housing Application
Transitioning to Purdue
  • Submit your photo for your Purdue ID card
  • Find the link to complete Virtual Student Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR)
  • Register for Boiler Gold Rush
  • Register for Boiler Gold Rush International
  • Sign up for BoilerKey two-factor authentication
  • Share your religious preference
  • Enter your emergency contact information
  • Learn about student organizations and other involvement opportunities

What Will My New Student Task List look like?

If you're curious what the New Student Tasklist will look like, feel free to check out the following screenshots.

How to Use Your NST

Each item on your Task List includes instructions on how to complete the item. Carefully read and follow all instructions for completing each item, paying attention to any given dates. Ideally, you should complete all your Task List items before you arrive on campus.

Please contact the appropriate departments if you have any questions.

Important Notes

Remember, your New Student Task List is personalized to YOU and may be different than other students.

Not every task will have a check mark associated with it. Some tasks are “information-only” (Examples include the ALEKS math assessment and the BoilerKey two-factor authentication – you will not see a checkmark in your NST after completing these items).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I log in to NST?

To gain access to your myPurdue portal, you must activate your online career account via the account activation website. You will need your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and your career account setup password, both of which were provided in your admission offer letter. You may be prompted to setup a BoilerKey (two-factor authentication), but you have 7 months to set this up to login to systems such as myPurdue. For more information about BoilerKey please see this FAQ page.

If you have completed the steps above and still can’t access the myPurdue portal, please contact the Purdue’s IT customer service center at 765-494-4000.

I just completed an item on the NST. Why didn't I get a checkmark?

Once you have completed an item, please allow 24 to 48 hours for the NST to update your status with a checkmark. Some items on this list (like taking the ALEKS math assessment and signing up for BoilerKey two-factor authentication) are not tracked electronically, but that does not mean they are not important or required. If you know you have completed an item, or have received a confirmation email, you can check the item off yourself.

What is a Purdue ID number, and where do I find mine?

The Purdue University Identification (PUID) is a 10-digit number unique to each individual at Purdue. The number is provided in your admission offer letter. Once you arrive on campus, it will also be printed on your Purdue photo identification card, your primary identification within Purdue.

What is VSTAR?

Students will select and prioritize their first semester courses as part of a program called VSTAR, which stands for Virtual Student Transition, Advising, and Registration. The VSTAR program is required for all incoming students, both new first-year students and transfer students. VSTAR will guide you through campus resources and connect you to your academic advisor to plan courses so you feel supported in your transition. Your advisor is excited to get to know you – your background and personal experiences help strengthen the Purdue community.

You can complete VSTAR at any pace, but we encourage all students to complete VSTAR and meet with their academic advisor by June 30, 2021.

When do I register for classes?

Course registration takes place after your initial meeting with your academic advisor. This meeting is very important because this is when you will work with your advisor to plan and prioritize your first semester courses, whether you plan to start in the summer or fall. All students who complete VSTAR by June 30 will have equitable access to available courses, regardless of when their advising meeting takes place.

Fall course schedules will be announced mid-July and classes begin on Aug. 23, 2021.

What is Boiler Gold Rush?

Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) is our welcome week orientation program for all new undergraduate students. BGR takes place the week before fall classes begin, and Purdue encourages all incoming students to take part, first years and transfers. You’ll learn about campus traditions, Purdue culture and University resources. It’s also a great chance to make lasting friendships and learn how to be a successful Boilermaker.

Orientation Programs also provides a program for incoming international students called Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi), which will take place concurrently with BGR.

BGR and BGRi will take place from Tuesday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. If you are living in University Residences on-campus housing, move-in will begin the week prior to BGR. If you are a Spring-admitted student, please check out our January program, Boiler Cold Rush.

What is Pre-Arrival Homework?

As part of your orientation process, it is important that you complete Pre-Arrival Homework. This is designed to further prepare you for your Purdue experience. Pre-Arrival Homework will become avaialble in July, and all incoming undergraduate students are expected to complete it before arriving on campus in August. To access your Pre-Arrival Homework, log into Brightspace, select "Pre-Arrival Homework" from your list of courses, and begin. Please contact studentsuccess@purdue.edu if you have any questions.

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