More than 8,000 incoming Purdue students will participate in on-campus orientation programs

As Purdue prepares to welcome its largest incoming class in history, staff and faculty are encouraged to plan accordingly for heavier pedestrian and vehicular traffic during move-in days, as well as throughout orientation programming. 

Purdue’s West Lafayette students attending Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) and/or Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) will move into their University housing from Aug. 14-17, Saturday through Tuesday. BGR/BGRi programming will follow the rest of the week. Move-in for returning students will begin on Aug. 20. Classes begin Aug. 23.

During move-in days, the central campus area will experience slightly heavier traffic that may cause delays or disruptions to normal business for those working on campus. The most-affected areas will include U.S. 231 from Martin Jischke Drive to Airport Road; Stadium Avenue between Northwestern Avenue and McCormick Road; Martin Jischke Drive from U.S. 231 to Nimitz Drive (en route to the Discovery Parking Lot); Third Street from Russell Street to McCormick Road and all side roads in the vicinity of residence halls.

BGR staff will be operating golf carts within the following boundaries: Cherry Lane to the North, Northwestern Avenue to the East, Harrison Street to the South, and McCormick Road to the West. Golf cart drivers have been instructed to avoid operating on sidewalks and bike paths; in the event that no other route is available, carts must yield to pedestrians and bicyclists and obey all signage. 

Several areas will be posted and enforced as no parking/tow away zones. Families will be instructed to park at the McCutcheon Parking Garage, North Cary Lot, Co-Rec ABC lot, and University Street Parking Garage. BGR/BGRi participants who are living off campus will check in for BGR/BGRi at the Co-Rec and may park there during the day throughout the orientation program.

More than 8,400 incoming Purdue students are expected to participate in BGR/BGRi, including about 200 second-year students who participated in Purdue's fully online orientation experience during their first year.

Although the purpose of BGR/BGRi will remain the same, there will be necessary modifications made to comply with Protect Purdue. Throughout BGR/BGRi, students will be assigned to small groups of about 15 other students according to their residence. These small groups will conduct a variety of activities across campus, while adhering to safety guidelines outlined in the Protect Purdue Plan. More than 700 current students have volunteered to help support BGR and BGRi. 

Pedestrian traffic will likely be highest during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours, especially surrounding dining courts and nearby tents. Traffic is likely to be heavy around the Co-Rec from Aug. 14-17 as well, due to the fact that the Co-Rec will serve as the centralized BGR/BGRi check-in location.

BGR/BGRi programming is hosted by Orientation Programs, a unit within Student Success Programs. Dozens of additional units in the Purdue community will also offer support and host events on various topics of interest throughout the week. 

Students will access the BGR and BGRi schedules via the PurdueGuide mobile app. A high-level schedule will be posted on the BGR website before the program begins.

Additional information about Boiler Gold Rush is available here. Those with immediate questions should contact Craig Johnson, director of orientation programs.

Last updated: Aug. 11, 2021



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