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We are excited to announce a long-overdue update to our programs that will officially retire the names of "STAR" and "VSTAR" and specifically rename "VSTAR" parts one and two to
Purdue 101  and Purdue 102  beginning for our Spring 2023 new students.  

New students going through Orientation Programs experiences will be welcomed “ All Aboard Purdue ,” a four step process to start their journey as Boilermakers.

These changes aim to simplify program names, descriptions, and messages to help students, their families, and campus partners better navigate Purdue's orientation processes and milestones.

We hope that this assists students in understanding the orientation process as a
holistic suite of experiences rather than single, standalone events. Finally, this helps us align with our @AllAboardPurdue social media accounts ( like Instagram ) to improve our brand recognition and provide clarity on our programs.


'All Aboard Purdue' orientation steps for new students

Step 1: Purdue 101

Most recently called “VSTAR Part 1,” this self-led virtual module in Brightspace guides students through campus resources and provides information on Purdue's course planning and advising processes.

Step 2: Purdue Advising

Once Step 1 is complete, students will receive an email from an academic advisor about scheduling their first advising appointment. Students fill out their course request form after they meet with an advisor.

Step 3: Purdue 102

Recently called “VSTAR Part 2” and “Pre-Arrival Homework,” this self-led virtual module in Brightspace focuses on resources related to students' transition to campus and adjusting to college life.

Step 4: Purdue Welcome

Optional welcome programs include Boiler Gold Rush , Boiler Gold Rush International (fall beginners), and Boiler Cold Rush (spring beginners). Student may alternatively participate in Bands, PMO, or Athletics summer programs.

Optional Programs

Summer Visit Days : optional events hosted by Orientation Programs in June to give students and their families a chance to visit Purdue's campus and engage with students and staff.


Orientation Programs will host an event from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the North Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union. The event will help campus and community partners learn more about this transition. 



We appreciate your continued partnership in welcoming new generations of students to Purdue, and your help in transitioning them to an ever-changing campus. 

Please reply directly to this email if you have any questions. Consider following Purdue Orientation Programs on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok

Boiler up!

Craig Johnson, Director
Purdue Orientation Programs

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