What is VSTAR?

Virtual STAR (VSTAR) is our required, two-part online orientation program for all new undergraduate students. This program takes place in  Brightspace, a system where you will see all of your course information each semester.

The Two Parts of VSTAR

VSTAR Part 1 officially begins your orientation experience. This self-guided orientation module is located online in Brightspace. You must complete this online module, which focuses on preparing you for academic experience at Purdue. Fully completing VSTAR Part 1 opens access to scheduling your academic advising appointment. Students are highly encouraged to finish VSTAR Part 1 as soon as possible: June 10 for Summer Start and Early Start students, and June 24 for all students starting in the fall.

VSTAR Part 2 continues the orientation process, and is designed to further prepare you for experiencing Purdue first-hand. All incoming undergraduate students are expected to complete VSTAR Part 2 before starting their first semester. To access VSTAR Part 2, log into Brightspace, select "VSTAR 2022 - Part 2" from your list of courses, and begin. Please contact studentsuccess@purdue.edu if you have any questions.

Enrolling in VSTAR

Students are automatically enrolled in VSTAR after they accept their offer of admission. You can complete VSTAR at any pace, but you must complete it and meet with your academic advisor. Once finished, students will be prompted to fill out a survey that will alert an academic advisor of the student’s VSTAR completion. Academic Advisors will then reach out to students with availability to set up a virtual advising appointment, where they will work with students to preference their fall courses. Advising appointments will begin in late summer - more information will be released at a later date.

This page will be continually updated as more information becomes available. We encourage you to check back here continually to learn more. If you have a specific question, check out our VSTAR FAQ page.

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