Welcome from the Director of Orientation Programs

Craig Johnson

Welcome to the parent and family version of Virtual STAR (VSTAR) and to Purdue University! On behalf of the Orientation Programs team, we want to officially congratulate your student on their acceptance, and help you support their transition to campus. VSTAR is an orientation program that is designed to ease the transition to life at the University.

Throughout this content you will get insight about life at Purdue and receive an introduction to campus resources. We encourage you to take your time in navigating this content and connect it to how it may impact your student's time on campus.

If you have any questions throughout this process, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. We're excited for the support of your student during this time, and know that Virtual STAR will get you started on the right foot. Boiler Up, Hammer Down, and Hail Purdue!

Welcome from Parent & Family Connections

Dear Boilermaker Families,

We are so excited to have your family join the Boilermaker community and look forward to supporting you throughout your student’s Purdue experience.

Not only will your student receive tremendous support and resources during their transition to Purdue, you will as well! Purdue Parent & Family Connections will work with you throughout your student’s journey here at Purdue by providing information, resources, tools, and services to empower your students to be successful. As the liaison office for Purdue families, we advocate for the needs of parents and families and assist you in finding the appropriate campus resources and services.

As you engage with the content in the Virtual STAR module, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the resources for those who support Purdue students through Purdue Parent & Family Connections as well as many other Purdue resources. The staff here in Parent & Family Connections are excited to begin assisting you in supporting your students as they begin this next chapter of their lives!

Welcome to Purdue and Boiler Up!

Welcome to Purdue University from the Dean of Students

Katherine Sermersheim, Ph.D

Welcome to Purdue University! As the Dean of Students, it is my pleasure to assist you in your academic, personal and professional development. The Office of the Dean of Students is staffed with experienced and talented individuals who are ready to assist you. We are committed to a vision of diversity and inclusion that fosters the academic and personal growth of all students.


These efforts include helping students make sensible and informed decisions about academic and personal matters, negotiate the opportunities and challenges that are an important part of a highly demanding academic environment, and find appropriate resources within and beyond the Division of Student Life. We also work with a range of collaborative partners including academic departments and programs to create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to integrate the learning that takes place inside and outside of the classroom.

The Dean of Students Office can help you work through many questions and concerns. Students often land in the Dean of Students Office when they are not clear about where to turn for help.

Please feel free to contact us if we can be of service. Our number one priority is to make the student experience at Purdue University a powerful and enriching one.

Boiler Up!

Parent and Family Resources

Purdue Parent & Family Connections HelpLine

The Parent & Family Connections HelpLine is a way for families to connect with staff who can assist them in coaching their student. Parent & Family Connections can be contacted by emailing parents@purdue.edu or by calling 765-496-0524. Staff monitor email and phone lines during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.

Purdue Parent & Family Connections Website

Purdue Parent & Family Connections hosts a website for families with updated and timely information.

Parent & Family Monthly Newsletter

The Parent & Family Connections e-newsletter is delivered to your inbox monthly and helps families stay up-to-date with campus events, information, and important dates. Families can sign up to receive the newsletter here.

Parent & Family Facebook

Parent & Family Connections hosts spaces on Facebook for admitted families as well as continuing families:

  • “Like” the Purdue Parent & Family Connections Facebook Page to stay up to date with campus events, photos, and news.
  • Admitted families can join the 2020 Admitted Purdue Families Facebook Group. Upon request to join the group, you will be prompted to provide a family join code. You can find your family join code included in the email titled “Welcome to the Purdue Family – Resources for Families.” If you are unable to locate the email, please send a message to parents@purdue.edu and we can assist you.
Parent & Family Connections YouTube Channel

Parent & Family Connections utilizes YouTube to connect with families on timely topics. Events are shared via email to families typically two days before occurring.

Parent & Family Calendar

The Family Calendar is filled with important University dates, deadlines, holidays, and events to help you stay connected to what is happening on campus. The calendar is an academic calendar from August to July and will be available digitally for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Parent & Family Handbook

The Parent & Family Handbook is a quick reference tool to help you assist your student with helpful resources. The Handbook will be available digitally for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Parent & Family Volunteer Network

This network is designed to give parents and family members a meaningful and enjoyable way to become more active in the Purdue community. By participating in the Parent & Family Volunteer Network you become more connected to the Boilermaker community, meet other parents, and contribute to student success. Volunteer opportunities range from a one-time commitment to several great opportunities throughout the year, with various, flexible options. More information is available here.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is typically held each fall during a Purdue home football game weekend. Information about Family Weekend for the 2020-2021 academic year will be updated and communicated to families when available.

Student Activities and Organizations

With nearly 1,000 student clubs and organizations on campus, it is easy to find your fit at Purdue. To find organizations, attend events, and track your involvement, please visit BoilerLink . To learn more about how to start your own organization, student employment opportunities within SAO, and much more, visit the Student Activities and Organizations website.

Center for Career Opportunities

The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) works to empower students and graduates by using transformative career services, innovative technologies and collaborative synergies to connect with professional opportunities within Indiana, the United States and the world. For more information on the CCO’s many services for undergraduate students, visit the Center for Career Opportunities website.

Services of the CCO

Immediate Job Search Needs
  • Resume, CV, and Cover Letter review sessions
  • Mock internship and job search questions
  • Online resources through your myCCO Account
  • A fully stocked Career Closet
Career Planning
  • Consultations to discuss choosing or changing your major
  • Assistance with developing a career plan
  • Graduate school advice and application support
Pre-Professional Advising
  • Professional advice regarding law, medical, dental, veterinary & other health careers
  • Advice for preparing for your first professional role
  • Support in navigating the application process: aptitude tests, personal statements, competitiveness, choosing schools, recommendation letters, and interviews
Getting to Your Next Destination
  • Personal Statement Review
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Undergraduate Peer Mock Interview (offered during the academic year only)

Virtual Tour

Sit back, relax and let us do the walking for you.

Use this Virtual Campus Tour link to take a "walk" all across our campus. Stop along the way to check out photos, videos and 360-degree images of the places that interest you the most!

Purdue ID Card (PUID)

Your Purdue ID card, which is sometimes referred to as your PUID card or photo ID, proclaims you as a member of the Purdue community. It provides access to a variety of services on and off campus with a one-card solution that encompasses academics, finance, access and identification. For more information about your PUID, visit the Purdue ID Card Office website.

The Key to Purdue

Your Purdue ID card provides access through a combination of numeric identification, photographic identification, magnetic strip and chip technology. The card functions as your key to many facilities and services on campus, including:

  • BoilerExpress spending
  • Building access
  • Library services
  • Meals
  • Recreational sports
  • Transportation

Purdue Alumni Student Experience

The Purdue Alumni Student Experience (PASE) is the student membership of the Purdue Alumni Association. PASE members receive many of the same benefits as our alumni members with the addition of an extraordinary experience throughout their undergraduate career. As a PASE member you will be a part of the largest student group on campus with over 10,000 members! For more information about the alumni experience, visit the Purdue Alumni website.


By signing up for a PASE membership, you will receive:


Membership in PASE is $149 and lasts students their entire undergraduate career. Or you could opt into the PASE Family PLUS plan for $499. This plan includes:

  • Four years of PLUS-level membership for up to two parents/guardians
  • A PASE membership lasts the duration of the student’s time as an undergraduate student
  • Upon graduation, the student’s PASE membership transitions to six years of PLUS-level membership

Join PASE today!

Purdue Athletics

Student Tickets: Boarding Pass

Purdue University competes in the Big Ten Conference. The Big Ten is home to a lineage of legendary names and an ongoing tradition of developing strong leaders. Even in its infancy, the conference established itself as the preeminent collection of institutions in the nation, where the pursuit of academic excellence prevailed as the definitive goal. To learn more about Purdue sports and teams, visit the Purdue Athletics website.

By purchasing a Boarding Pass, students are guaranteed a ticket to every home football game and will have free access to all home, regular season men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball games. Purdue students pay $109 once and get access to tickets all year long for no extra cost!

Students with a Boarding Pass automatically receive season football tickets, and will have the option to request or claim men's basketball, volleyball, and women's basketball tickets during a specified request window before any tickets are sold to students without a Boarding Pass. Students can purchase their Boarding Pass now by logging in to their student account. Please email sportspromo@purdue.edu with any additional questions.

Purdue "All American" Marching Band

Established in 1886, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band has become an icon of Purdue University. This world-renowned band performs at each home football game and travels to concerts and festivals around the world.

Over 389 members strong, the band has plenty of performance opportunities for instrumentalists, percussionists, color guard members, dancers, and twirlers. Additionally, students can join the Big Bass Drum Crew by completing an audition that includes ROTC athletic skill standards.

With a rich history of band “firsts,” innovation is key for the band which performs a new halftime show at every home game. Purdue was the first marching band in the nation to break military ranks on the football field to form a letter (the Block “P”). For more information about Bands and Fall auditions, visit the Purdue Bands and Orchestras website.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offer educational workshops, group treatment, short-term individual therapy, substance use evaluations, care management, specialist consultation, case management, emergency response, and psychiatric consultation to all enrolled Purdue students. For more information, visit the Counseling & Psychological Services website.

FAQs about CAPS

Who is eligible for services at CAPS?

All enrolled Purdue students are eligible for psychological services. Sometimes other important people in your life, such as a partner, spouse, or friend may be involved in the therapy process without needing to be a Purdue student. However, spouses and partners who are not Purdue students can only participate in therapy with an enrolled Purdue student.

Will the services at CAPS cost me anything?

Most services at CAPS are provided to students at no charge. For more specific information about fees, please check:

Purdue University Student Health Center

Purdue University Student Health Services (PUSH) covers all of your healthcare needs when you are a student. They are your resource for primary medical care, mental health therapy, and after hours care. Their staff of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners provide student-oriented primary care as well as ongoing care for chronic conditions. For a full list of insurance options and Indiana immunization requirements, visit the Purdue University Student Health Center website . To learn more about the PUSH providers, visit the Provider Biography page.

Medical Services

Eligibility and Cost

PUSH provides a full range of gynecological related services including, but not limited to, confidential sexual assault care, well-women exams, transgender care, and evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Emergency Contraception counseling is also available PUSH does not carry or dispense Emergency Contraception, however, the Purdue University Pharmacy does carry Emergency Contraception, and typically at a cost far below that of other pharmacies. In addition to examinations, Women's Health provides a number of procedures such as biopsies, cryotherapy, placement and removal of contraceptive devices.

Extended Care Services

PUSH provides a higher level of resources for students who need them. This may be services such as respiratory treatments, intravenous infusions, dressing changes or suturing. Services are available during regular business hours Monday - Friday and Saturday (10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) during the academic terms. The higher level of resources typically includes charges for those services and materials for all students.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT) services are available to undergraduate and graduate students at the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center (RSC) in the Wellness Suite, room 2238. PT is available with an appointment both by referral from a medical provider and, without a referral, via Direct Access. To schedule an appointment, call (765)494-1839, or stop by the Wellness Suite at the RSC. Services offered include evaluation, therapeutic interventions, modalities, IASTM, orthotic prescription and casting, brace fitting and application, video movement analysis, and postural analysis and corrective techniques.

Allergy and Immunization Clinic

The clinic provides allergy shots, immunizations, travel counseling and vaccinations required for travel. Travel services are available to the greater Purdue community including, current students, spouses of students, faculty, staff, and their spouses and children (over the age of 16).

Clinical Laboratory

The laboratory at PUSH performs testing on all students, faculty, and staff who have a written order from a physician. The laboratory services are provided by MidAmerica Clinical Laboratory (MACL) which is in-network with all major insurance plans. Patients or their insurance companies are billed for all services provided at the laboratory and if you have questions about billing or the costs or tests, please contact MACL at billing@macl1.com or 1-800-667-5185. Services are provided during regular business hours. Laboratory results are sent to the ordering physician and patients must contact their physician for test results.


The Radiology Department performs general diagnostic x-rays on all eligible students who have a written order from a physician. There are charges for all radiology services, however payment is not required at the time of service. Check in for students is at the Welcome Desk located on the main floor of PUSH. There is no charge for copies of patient x-rays when needed. The images are copied to a CD with built-in software allowing for easy viewing by patients and medical providers. Patients or their insurance companies will be billed for radiology services (including the radiologist’s fee) after completion.

Purdue University Pharmacy

The Purdue University Pharmacy is located in Room 118 of the Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building — next to the Purdue University Student Health (PUSH) Center — so you don't ever need to leave campus. The pharmacy offers a variety of clinical services, including routine vaccinations, flu shots, and tobacco cessation counseling. They also offer a variety of affordable, non-prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Their facility offers a hands-on learning laboratory for Purdue pharmacy students, who work side-by-side with professional pharmacists. Each prescription filled by a Purdue student pharmacist is carefully checked by a licensed and registered pharmacist. For more information, visit the Purdue University Pharmacy website.

Clinical Services

The Purdue University Pharmacy offers several clinical services for your convenience. Please call 765-494-1374 for additional information regarding any of the following:

Rapid Strep, Flu and UTI Tests
  • Physician consult included with over-the-counter test kit
  • Offered in partnership with Physician360
  • Routine vaccinations provided, including, but not limited to: varicella (chicken pox), meningococcal, tetanus, whooping cough and Gardasil (HPV)
  • Administered by experienced, immunization-certified pharmacists
Flu Vaccinations
  • Offered annually beginning each September
  • Administered by experienced, immunization-certified pharmacists
Smoking Cessation
  • Specially trained pharmacists available to help you quit smoking.
  • When necessary to successfully quit, prescription medications provided by pharmacist during individual consultation
  • Appointments available (765-494-1374)

Convenient Prescription Options

They make the process as easy as possible.

Prescriptions may be:
  • Taken directly to the Purdue University Pharmacy.
  • Phoned in by the prescriber.
  • Sent electronically from a healthcare provider's office.
  • Transferred from another pharmacy using the Prescription Transfer Request page.
  • Refilled through our mobile app (Rx Local).
  • They can special order most medications and have them in stock the next day.

Convenient Payment Options

  • They are a preferred provider for the Anthem AHP insurance program, which means you will have lower copays than at most other retail pharmacy settings.
  • They accept most major prescription drug plans.
  • They accept cash, check, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), and most FSA/HSA cards.


Purdue is a large and complex institution, and people move about our campus freely. Despite advances in communication, there is no way to reach everyone instantly with a single message. However, the multi-layered communication approach Purdue has in place will help spread the word quickly, based on the circumstances.

Communication Methods

All-Hazards Outdoor Emergency Warning Sirens

When you hear the siren you should immediately seek shelter (Shelter in Place) in a safe location within closest facility/building. "Shelter in Place" means seeking immediate shelter inside a building or University residence. This course of action may need to be taken during a tornado, active threat such as a shooting, or a major release of hazardous materials in the outside air.

Building Fire Alarms (indoors)

When you hear a fire alarm inside a building you should immediately evacuate the building and proceed to your Emergency Assembly Area. Once you have followed the initial direction, use all communication means available to find out more details about emergency. You should remain in place until police, fire, or other emergency response personnel provide additional guidance or tell you it is safe to leave.

Text Messaging

Purdue University faculty, staff and students may sign up to receive an emergency notification text message. You can sign up for the text system via the Secure Purdue website.


Use your Twitter app to push notifications from @purdueemergency to your smartphone.

Digital Signs

The over 200 digital signs around campus will display the same Purdue ALERT message that the Purdue Police Department sends via text message to campus subscribers.

Desktop Pop-up Alerts

In the event of an emergency, an alert will be sent to the majority of University computers and computers that are logged in to the University's network.

Alert Beacons

Alerts will be sent to the beacons that are installed in large classrooms. Beacons will alarm audibly for 10 seconds, flash and text alert will be available for 5 minutes.


In an emergency, an email can be sent to all people with a purdue.edu address. When Building Deputies receive an emergency notification they will forward an email to others in the building or go to offices or rooms in person, if time permits and their safety is not in jeopardy. They also may post signs on doors or in hallways.

Campus Emergency Status Website

The Campus Emergency Status webpage is the focal point of the most complete information in all campus-related emergencies.

Purdue Police and Fire Department

Purdue University is the only Big Ten college campus to have both a Fire Department and Police Department on campus. For the most up to date information on each of these emergency services, visit the Purdue University Police Department and Fire Department website

Police Department (PUPD)

The men and women of the Purdue University Police Department are here to assist members of the Purdue community with crime prevention, personal protection training and crime investigation. Sworn officers have full police authority from the State of Indiana so that they can carry out duties and responsibilities of enforcing state and local laws as well as University regulations. The Police Department, located in Terry House on South Martin Jischke Drive, is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. In case of an emergency, dial 911. For nonemergency calls, dial 765-494-8221.

Fire Department

The Purdue Fire Department is one of very few university-based fire departments in the nation. As one of the best-trained departments in Indiana, Purdue Fire provides fire suppression, hazardous materials spill response, emergency medical service response and airport firefighting. Fire prevention training is provided in many venues, including online. Emergency medical service, including transport to local hospitals, is provided to the Purdue community free of charge. The Purdue Fire Department is located on Third Street, west of the Recreational Sports Center. In case of emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency calls, dial 765-494-6919.

Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (CARE)

The Center for Advocacy, Response and Education provides confidential support and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking. Their staff provide resources and direct services that are non-judgmental, survivor-focused and empowering. CARE recognizes that each person’s experience is unique, and staff are available to help each survivor assess their reporting options and access resources that meet personal needs. Advocates are available 24/7 by calling 765-495-CARE (2273)

CARE staff can also provide information and other support services to friends and family of survivors. In addition to direct survivor services, CARE offers campus-wide programming on sexual violence, consent, and bystander intervention, among other topics. For more information on reporting, involvement opportunities, and other services, visit the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education website.

Know Your Options

If you are (or someone you are with is) in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 9-1-1. Students who have experienced sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, gender-based harassment, and stalking have options to report and receive help from a variety of sources, including the university, campus and local law enforcement, and community agencies. All students, including those who are unsure what to do, may wish to contact CARE for confidential support and to review options to decide how to proceed.

Options to Report and/or Receive Help
  • Students can report and receive help from the University.
  • Students can receive confidential support and advocacy on campus.
  • Students can report and receive help from law enforcement.
  • Students can receive help from community services.
  • Students can make an anonymous report to the University.
  • Students can have evidence collected to use at a later time.

Bicycle Safety

As a Bicycle Friendly University, Purdue is always looking for new ways to enhance the bike experience for students, faculty, staff and members of the community. To learn more about renting, registering, and riding your bike on campus, visit the Bicycles at Purdue website.

8 Dimensions of Wellness

What does wellness look like to you? When you envision someone who is “well” and “healthy,” what comes to mind? What factors do you think influence wellness?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified eight dimensions of wellness to focus on to optimize health. The eight dimensions include: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and social. For more information on the Purdue resources associated with each dimension, visit the Dimensions of Wellness page on the Recreation & Wellness website.

France A. Córdova Rec Sports Center (CoRec)

The France A. Córdova Rec Sports Center (CoRec) is a 355,000 square foot focal point on campus. Many of the large residence halls are within a few blocks of the recreation center to the northeast and south. Immediately west of the CoRec are the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, the Turf Recreation Exercise Center (TREC), and intramural fields. Various points in the atrium also provide views of features such as a climbing wall, bouldering wall, recreation pool, 500 pieces of strength and cardiovascular equipment, and a gold and black gym reminiscent of Mackey Arena. To learn more about the offerings at this facility, visit the Recreation and Wellness website.

Wellness Services

Wellness at Purdue focuses on health education and a holistic approach to personal well-being. There are a variety of services that will help you meet your wellness goals.

Wellness On Demand

Wellness on Demand brings wellness information directly to you. This free service allows you to hear from a wellness professional or Wellness Mentor and to talk about a wellness topic of your choice.

Wellness Coaching

Wellness coaching is a confidential and supportive partnership between you and the wellness coach. It can be an effective way to motivate and encourage behavior change to help you meet your wellness goals.

Alcohol Education Programs

Alcohol education programs are available for your organization or classroom. The Purdue Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Guide has information about health effects, laws and policies, and resources available for students.

Financial Wellness

Have you thought about your money situation or building savings? Even small steps can help you feel empowered while minimizing stress. First, let’s think about our regular expenses, such as housing costs, car loans and credit card or other debt payments. A budgeting worksheet can help account for everything and show what’s going to needs, wants and savings and debt. Reach out to Boiler Financial Track for a budgeting worksheet or to schedule a virtual appointment.

Nutrition Services

Eating a healthy diet in college can be challenging! Remember that the foods and behaviors you choose now will likely impact your habits later in adulthood. By making smart choices, you will be able to stay focused, increase your ability to do well in classes, and eat a diet rich in nutrients. There are a variety of services to help you achieve your food and nutrition goals.

Nutrition Counseling

One-on-one nutrition counseling appointments with a registered dietitian are available to all Purdue students. Appointments are free and last 30-60 minutes.

Diet Analysis

Diet analysis will help you determine how many grams of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat), micronutrients (vitamins, minerals), and calories you are taking in. Following the completion of a 3 Day Food Record, general diet recommendations will be made based on the USDA’s Choose My Plate guidelines.

Ask the Dietician

Ask the Dietitian is an easy way to get basic nutrition information or just ask a quick question. All questions will be answered in a timely manner by a Registered Dietitian or Nutrition Graduate Assistant.

Cooking Demonstrations

The Demonstration Kitchen strives to make cooking accessible to everyone, by demonstrating delicious recipes and menus that are quick, easy and affordable ($10). They provide a variety of demonstrations and programs in order to accommodate varying interests, ages, and abilities. A Student Cooking Instructor will provide you with nutrition information, culinary techniques, and food sanitation guidelines. You will also have the opportunity to sample the dishes prepared during the demonstration you attend. You must register at least 24 hours in advance of your desired program.

Massage and Light Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy involves manipulating muscle and connective tissue to enhance performance, facilitate the body’s natural healing process, and promote relaxation. Our certified massage therapists are knowledgeable in a variety of modalities and techniques to ensure each individual receives a massage specific to their needs. For pricing information, or to make an appointment, call 765-496-1788.

Light Therapy

Light therapy is performed to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) by providing exposure to artificial light. Individuals with Seasonal Affective Disorder suffer symptoms similar to depression during the fall and winter, when the days are shorter and the skies are often cloudy. Light therapy involves use of a light box that emits bright light simulating sunlight. To make a free appointment call 765-496-1788

Sexual Health

Right Fit Condom Program

There are many options when it comes to contraceptives and birth control. They come in different forms, work in different ways, and vary in availability and effectiveness. The Wellness Suite at the CoRec offers several types of name-brand condoms and other sexual health materials at minimal to no cost. Some supplies are free and others cost from $2-$5. For more information visit the "Sexual Health" page on the Health and Wellness website.

Division of Financial Aid

The Division of Financial Aid is here to help students and families find ways to eliminate financial barriers to a Purdue education. For the most up to date information about the types of financial aid available, how to apply for aid, how to keep your aid, and ways to manage your finances throughout the college experience, visit the Division of Financial Aid website.

Types of Financial Aid Available

Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a financial aid award offered to students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by their answers on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA for FWS consideration. FWS is an award that allows students to earn income while working. FWS employers include campus departments and approved off-campus, non-profit agencies. Students are responsible for securing employment and working scheduled hours to earn FWS funds through bi-weekly pay.

Free Money

There are many types of aid available to make college more affordable. Gift aid, or free money, is just that — money you don't have to pay back during or after college. Types of free money include scholarships and grants. How much aid could you receive? Get an estimate with the Net Price Calculator.


At Purdue, most merit scholarships are awarded to qualified first-year students based on academic information provided in the admission application. For more information on specific scholarship offerings, visit the "Scholarship" section of the DFA website and ScholarshipUniverse (through your Admissions Portal).


Grants are a type of free money — something you don't have to pay back. These can be awarded based on financial need and academic performance. When you complete the FAFSA , you are automatically considered for these grants. For more information on both Federal and Indiana grant offerings, visit the "Grant" section of the DFA website.


Loans can offer you and your family a way to meet college costs while spreading these costs over an extended repayment period. Borrowing, though, should be used with care and with an eye on total debt and repayment. DFA recommends that you only borrow what you need and not necessarily with total amount offered.

There are a variety of both federal and private student and parent loan programs available. You will be automatically considered for federal and Purdue loans when you complete your FAFSA by the priority date. To apply for private loans, you will need to contact banks or loan companies. For more information on Federal, Purdue, and private loans, visit the "Loans" section of the DFA website.

Office of the Bursar

The Bursar's Office is your one-stop shop for finding information on student tuition, viewing invoices, making payments and ensuring timely refunds. For the most up to date information regarding tuition, fees, rates and remissions, as well as how to access the Tuition Calculator, visit the Office of the Bursar website.

Ways to Pay Tuition and Fees

There are several ways for you to pay your Purdue University tuition, fees and charges. Purdue uses a secure payment gateway to manage financial transactions between the University and students and their families. Students initially access the system using their Purdue ID and BoilerKey. After an initial login, students can make payments, set up payment plans and authorize system access for family members.

By Mail or in Person

Make all checks, traveler's checks, cashier's checks or money orders payable to Purdue University. Please be sure to include the student's Purdue ID number on all payments.

To pay in person by check, traveler's check or cashier's check, go to the teller window on the ground floor of Hovde Hall. Checks also can be deposited in our drop box, which is beside Door 9 in Hovde Hall, or mailed to:

Purdue University

Office of the Bursar, Hovde Hall

610 Purdue Mall

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040

Wire Transfers

Purdue University has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to accept international and domestic wire transfer payments in the currency of your choice, without extra fees or delays, through the secure payment gateway (BoilerKey required).

Installment Plan

The Purdue University Installment Plan offers an alternative way to ease the burden of having to make one large payment each semester. Participants will be charged an installment plan setup fee of $60 for the fall and/or spring term and $30 for summer. This plan is available for paying your tuition, fees and contracted housing charges. For more information on how to set-up an installment plan, visit the "Installment" section of the Bursar's website

Outside Awards

All payments from private donors and other outside organizations need to be processed through Purdue University. Even if a check is made out only to you, it needs to be processed through the University. DO NOT cash donor checks first and then send us a new check. This check cannot be processed as a scholarship/private award. We must process the original check. All checks should be sent to:

Purdue University

Outside Awards

610 Purdue Mall

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040

For more information about processing of outside awards, please use the email address askbursar@purdue.edu, or call their office at 765-494-5371.

Sponsored Billing Payment

Third-party billing, or sponsored billing, is when an organization outside of Purdue University makes a promise or commitment to pay for educational expenses on your behalf. Purdue accepts third-party billing as a form of payment for tuition and fees billed through the Office of the Bursar. A credit is placed on the student’s account as a promise to pay that comes from an eligible sponsor; Purdue will then bill the sponsor directly for the payment. For more information on student and sponsor requirements, visit the "Sponsors" section of the Bursar's website.

Boiler Financial Track

Boiler Financial Track, a partnership between Purdue Federal Credit Union and Purdue RecWell, aims to help students learn to manage their money effectively and empowers them to make informed financial decisions during their college career and beyond. From free one-on-one counseling sessions to conducting financial wellness presentations and assisting in building and maintaining a budget, Boiler Financial Track will get Boilermakers on the right track with their finances. For more information, visit the Boiler Financial Track website.

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Dining and Culinary

Purdue University Dining and Culinary strives to nourish and inspire the Purdue community. For the most up to date information on residential dining, campus dining, and nutrition, visit the Dining and Culinary website

Residential Dining

Purdue Dining & Culinary has the food you want - where you want it, when you want it, and how you want it. The dining courts feature a variety of all-you-care-to-eat foods. For those in a hurry, On-the-GO! locations let you choose four carry out items plus a free refill in your Purdue Dining & Culinary reusable cup. A variety of meal plans are available to suit any need.

Campus Dining

Whether you want to grab a snack on your way to class or sit down for a meal, Purdue Dining & Culinary has an answer for you. From restaurants serving sushi and stir fry, to a food truck serving chicken and waffles, they've got you covered. Try some of their restaurants all over campus for a change of pace and taste from your standard meal plan.

Food Allergies

Take the following steps if you have food allergies:

Step 1: Reach out to the DRC

Contact the Disability Resource Center on campus and schedule an appointment to explore options available to you for your housing and dining needs.

Step 2: Email Molly Winkeler

Email Purdue's Registered Dietitian, Molly Winkeler at mwinkele@purdue.edu to connect with Purdue Dining & Culinary. She will meet with you to discuss your questions and restrictions. The Dining & Culinary professional staff will share insight into their processes and training for staff. They are also available to answer questions on a daily basis in the dining facilities.

Step 3: Ask for Assistance On-Site

Request assistance from the professional and supervisory dining staff when visiting the dining courts or retail locations. Supervisors are ServSafe and AllerTrain certified.

Step 4: Ask Questions and Discuss Your Options

Help is available to assist you in managing your dietary needs. It is the goal of Purdue Dining & Culinary to provide you the best dining experience regardless of your restrictions.

University Residences

Hello Future Boilermakers!

The staff members in Residential Life send you big black and gold welcome and enthusiastic congratulations on your admission to Purdue! Please know our team of student and professional staff will use their experiences, desire to connect and educate along with proven ability to make decisions to help you be successful. We invite you to use the resources provided from Purdue and your VSTAR experience, including on-line room tour videos, to learn about your new home and available leadership opportunities. We will be working over the summer with our University Residences partners in Dining and Culinary, Facilities and Administration to prepare for the Fall semester and eagerly anticipate the arrival of all of our Boilermakers. We are so glad to be part of your college journey!

Purdue University Residences aims to engage students with learning centered environments that promote self-authorship, connection, and intellectual curiosity. For the most up to date information on housing and residential life, visit the University Residences website.

Residential Life

The residential learning environment is an important vehicle for student learning. It focuses the students' time and energy on college, increases informal interaction with other students, and offers multiple opportunities for students to explore values, lifestyles, and interests in a supportive environment under the administration of student affairs administrators trained in the experiential education of students.


Purdue students have a variety of housing options, both on and off campus. Although first-year students are not required to live on campus, most choose to for the experience and value it provides. Student residence halls are within easy walking distance of Purdue's academic campus and dining facilities. Students who decide to live off-campus have the same convenient access through the free local public bus service, CityBus.

Executive-in-Residence (EiR) Program

The Executive-in-Residence program exists to provide opportunities for students to make connections with successful Purdue alumni. While executives are serving "in residence,” students will engage with them in a variety of ways through both formal presentations and informal interactions. Executives will live among the students, immersing themselves in the student experience rather than in limited engagements. The hallmark of the program is students learning about how executives developed their approaches to leadership and forged a pathway from student to success story.

Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP)

Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) is the University’s central information technology organization responsible for Purdue’s major operational systems, the campus wired network, and one of the world’s largest wireless networks. For more information and tech support, visit the ITaP website or Self-help Knowledge Base.

Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-400

Email: itap@purdue.edu

Walk-up help desks are located on the main floor of the Humanities, Social Science, and Education Library (HSSE) in the Stewart Center (STEW), Room 135.

BoilerKey Two-Factor Authentication

The Purdue BoilerKey is a form of two-factor authentication, a system that requires two forms of verification of identity before a person can access protected computer resources. At Purdue, these two forms of verification are something you know (career account username and either a password or PIN) and something you have (a physical token or the Duo Mobile application on your smartphone). These two items are used in place of your password alone to gain access to computer applications and systems. To learn more about two-factor authentication and how to set-up your BoilerKey, visit the "BoilerKey" page on the Information Technology website

Forms of BoilerKey

The BoilerKey comes in two forms. One is the Duo Mobile application for your smartphone that either displays a push notification used when you enter your PIN or a randomized six-digit code. The other is a small electronic device, known as a hard token, which displays a series of six digits when activated.

BoilerKey Password

A BoilerKey passcode is a 6-digit number that is generated by pressing the button on your BoilerKey token. If you have set up a Duo Mobile BoilerKey with the Duo Mobile app on your smartphone, you can also generate a BoilerKey passcode with the Duo Mobile app.

Academic Success Center

At the Academic Success Center (ASC), Purdue undergrads at every stage have access to services designed to help them meet their personal goals, led by individuals who truly care about their progress. Whether you want to boost your study skills, develop time-management strategies, or work toward other objectives, the ASC offers personal and academic growth opportunities tailored to your specific needs! For more information, visit the Academic Success Center website.


Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction offers free weekly study sessions for some of the toughest courses on campus. Study sessions are led by students who have successfully completed the course. For a full list and schedule of SI-linked courses, check out purdue.edu/si or download the BoilerGuide app.

Academic Consultations

Want to learn how to better manage your time and combat procrastination? Interested in developing more effective study strategies? Academic Consultations with ASC staff members allow you to create a personalized action plan either in a single visit or multiple sessions. During this one-on-one conversation, you'll clarify your vision of academic success and receive guidance on how to make that vision a reality.

Peer Success Coaching

Peer Success Coaching sessions are facilitated by Peer Success Coaches (PSC) who offers guidance and accountability as you navigate life at Purdue. PSCs are typically upperclassmen who are trained to coach and motivate you through any challenges you may face while working toward your goals. They help you gain insights and ideas along the way. You can meet with a PSC throughout the semester or periodically during drop-in hours.


Attending an ASC workshop is a great way to jump-start the process of achieving your goals. These 60-minute sessions cover skills such as time management, exam preparation, smarter study plans and more in a low-pressure, group learning environment.

Online Resources

The ASC offers dozens of online printable and video resources 24/7 to students who are unable to attend and in-person session.

Tutoring Database

If you need help with homework or understanding course concepts, you can find the campus resources available for your specific courses by using their searchable database. Learn about nearly every tutoring service and help center available campus-wide at purdue.edu/tutoring

GS Study Strategy Courses

Are you interested in learning about study skills in a classroom environment? Talk with your academic advisor about registering for a one-credit course offered by the ASC.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Purdue University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, the federal law that protects the privacy of Education Records of Students. As such, Education Records and Personally Identifiable Information will be released only with the signed consent of the Student, except in those instances outlined in section A of the Procedures. Additionally, FERPA provides students the following rights with respect to reviewing and accessing their own Education Records. The University will annually notify Students currently attending the University of these rights. Form more information, visit the "Quick Reference Guide to Understanding and Applying FERPA" page on the Office of the Registrar website.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is serious business! First, you will be earning credits and grades that will go toward your graduation requirements. Second, you will want to fulfill personal objectives and will have to plan to achieve these goals. Finally, you will be investing serious time, effort, and money on this venture. Thus, it’s imperative that you choose a program that will allow you to get a sound return on the investments. To choose which program is right for you, visit the Purdue Study Abroad website.

Transfer Credit

Transfer students are defined as those who have graduated from a secondary school and who have also earned credits at a post-secondary institution. In general, credits earned in courses at non-U.S. post-secondary institutions that have equivalent courses at Purdue for which a grade of C or better has been earned, are transferable as credit. However, not all transferable credits are counted toward a degree program. Use Purdue Transfer Credit Database or the Purdue Equivalency Self-Service Portal to view how Purdue undergraduate courses compare to those of other institutions. For more information on transferring college credit, visit the "Transfer Credit Guidelines" page on the Undergraduate Admissions Website.

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC)

The Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) provides dynamic educational resources for the Purdue community and the Lafayette-West Lafayette community. Since joining Purdue in April 2015, the AAARCC has opened its doors to all and seeks to remain as a source of education, integration, and support.

Programs and events will be constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the campus community. Their space is committed to preserving, advancing, and connecting the rich diversity here at Purdue to offer an exciting global experience for all. For event information and other center offerings, visit the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center website.

Contact Information

Address: 915 Fifth Street West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: 765-496-0488

Email: aaarcc@purdue.edu

Black Cultural Center (BCC)

Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center (BCC) is a vibrant element of University life, offering a wealth of programs and services for the entire campus community. Founded in 1969 as part of the University’s response to sweeping social change, the BCC has grown and matured into Purdue’s focal point for the African-American experience and a force for the cultural enrichment and intellectual growth of all.

They bring together the wonderful diversity of the Purdue family by nurturing and presenting the rich heritage of the African-American experience through art, history and cultural understanding. For event information and other center offerings, visit the Black Cultural Center website.

Contact Information

Address: 1100 Third Street West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: 765-494-3093

Email: bcc@purdue.edu

Latino Cultural Center (LCC)

¡TODOS SON BIENVENIDOS! (ALL ARE WELCOME!) is the guiding philosophy of the Latino Cultural Center (LCC). The LCC was established in 2003 as a place to gather, learn, share and support Latino cultures. The LCC seeks to enhance diversity through education and programming but also acts as a home away from home among Latinos at Purdue.

The LCC serves as an educational and cultural foundation for all students, faculty and staff members. Educational, social, professional and cultural events are hosted and sponsored by the center throughout the year. For event information and other center offerings, visit the Latino Cultural Center website.

Contact Information

Address: 426 Waldron Street West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: 765-494-2530

Email: latinocc@purdue.edu

Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC)

The Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC) is home away from home for Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students, faculty, and staff.

Established in 2007 through student and campus advocacy, the NAECC was created to develop a new generation of educated students who will make positive contributions to their tribal communities and educate non-Natives about indigenous cultures, histories and traditions. For event information and other center offerings, visit the Native American Educational and Cultural Center website.

Contact Information

Address: 903 Fifth Street West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: 765-494-4540

Email: naecc@purdue.edu

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

Purdue University is committed to 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.

For step-by-step help with getting connected to the DRC, please watch their new instructional video.

The DRC strives to proactively identify and remove barriers to access, promote inclusion and minimize the need for individual accommodations. The DRC also determines whether students are eligible for reasonable accommodation and, if so, the nature of the reasonable accommodation. The DRC does not test for, diagnose, or treat disability but relies on third-party documentation when determining accommodations. For more information, visit the Disability Resource Center website.

Contact Information

Address: 155 S. Grant Street, Room 830 West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765-494-1247

Email: drc@purdue.edu

Diversity Resource Office (DRO)

The Diversity Resource Office (DRO) cultivates an environment of respect and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. DRO provides diversity education including the Diversity in the Classroom and Faculty Fellows Initiative; Diversity at Work training for staff; and the DiversiKey Certificate Program and Global Seminar Abroad for undergraduates.

As part of its climate and assessment functions, DRO convenes the Purdue Diversity Roundtable, Purdue Network of IDI Certified Administrators, and provides consultative services to Purdue’s academic and administrative units. DRO sponsors the Connections Student Leadership and Diversity Institute; INTERSECTIONS, a student diversity conference; and Transformations, a faculty and staff conference on institutional diversity. For event information and other offerings, visit the Diversity Resource Office website.

Contact Information

Address: 501 Northwestern Ave. Room 386 West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765-494-7307

Email: dro@purdue.edu

LGBTQ Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center provides programming that engages the campus and community on LGBTQ issues through an exciting calendar of events. The LGBTQ Center coordinates a distinguished lecture series, advocates for equitable access and a discrimination-free environment, and facilitates a variety of training opportunities throughout the year.

The Center is the primary point of contact for members of the LGBTQ community. The space is a dedicated Safe Zone that provides a welcoming and affirming location on campus for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. For event information and other center offerings, visit the LGBTQ Center website.

Contact Information

Address: 475 Stadium Mall Drive, Suite 230 West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765-494-7779

Email: lgbtq@purdue.edu

Horizons Student Support Services

Being a Purdue Boilermaker will be both exhilarating and challenging, but rest assured—as a member of Horizons Student Support Services, you can join hundreds of other Purdue scholars who have found a sense of community and a dedicated staff who are excited about helping you reach your goals. Horizons Student Support Services is a proud member of the national organization of TRIO programs. The United States Department of Education has designated The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) as Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist income eligible individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Horizons carries out the mission of TRIO by supporting underprivileged students at Purdue University. Horizon's team of dedicated professionals provide their students access to resources not available to the general student population. They strive to build their students' personal, professional, and developmental leadership skills through high-quality, specialized, and holistic services. For more information, visit the Horizons Student Support Services website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @purduehorizons.

Horizons carries out the mission of TRIO by supporting underprivileged students at Purdue University. They provide their students access to the resources they need to succeed, and strive to build their personal, professional, and developmental leadership skills through high-quality, specialized, and holistic services. For more information on services and benefits, visit the Horizons Student Support Services website.

Contact Information

Address: 1198 Third Street, Room 329 West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765-494-7094

Email: See staff contact information.

International Students and Scholars (ISS)

The Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) is committed to the internationalization of Purdue University by providing appropriate services and support to international clientele and various University departments and offices. ISS seeks to enhance the academic, cultural, and social pursuits of students and scholars from abroad through knowledge and expertise in recruitment, admissions, immigration, and advising. ISS is a constituent unit of Purdue’s Office of International Programs. For more information on transitioning to the United States and Purdue University, visit the International Students and Scholars website.

Student Services

Address Update (U.S. Residential)

All international students and scholars must maintain a valid local address at all times, updating changes within 10 days.

Auto-Revalidation Letter Request

If certain qualifications are met, certain temporary visitors may be able to reenter the U.S. with an expired nonimmigrant visa. Though not required, ISS may produce a letter stating as such.

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  • See ISS during walk-in hours for request.
Bank Account Letter Request
  • Some banks require verification of local address in order to open a bank account. See ISS during walk-in hours if required.
Change of Immigration Status Document Request

Non-immigrants seeking to change status should discuss options with ISS.

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  • See ISS during walk-in hours for request.
Early Departure and Re-Entry

Students who need to take time off from their education but plan to return to Purdue should follow instructions on this sheet.

I-515 Response

If you receive a Form I-515 when entering the U.S., bring the form and required documents to ISS immediately for assistance in responding. See ISS during walk-in hours.

I-94 Issues

If you notice your I-94 record is incorrect after travelling, please see ISS for assistance in correcting the issue. See ISS during walk-in hours.

Inviting Friends and Family Letter

Invitation letters are not required to apply for a visitor visa to the US, but you may want to write your own letter or request one from the Office of the Registrar.

No Objection Letter – Classes (Academic Year)

If you are a continuing student, and the university where you plan to take another course during the academic year requires a “no objection letter’, please see ISS during walk-in hours.

No Objection Letter – Non-U.S. Employment (Summer)

If you plan to work outside the U.S. during a university break and require a “no objection letter’, please see ISS during walk-in hours.

Renewing Student Visa

If your student visa is expired, and plan to travel and reenter the U.S., you must renew your student visa. Plan to visit the ISS office at least two weeks prior to your departure date to get your I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel. ISS cannot advise specifically how to apply for visas, but can provide general tips in this document.

Reprint Document

If your I-20 or DS-2019 is lost, stolen, damaged, or out of travel signature space, request a new document using myISS

Social Security Number Application

Social Security numbers are generally assigned to people authorized to work in the U.S. F-1 and J-1 students may apply for an SSN for on-campus (please see your business office first for instructions), or authorized CPT or OPT. Please see the Social Security Administration website for more information, and visit Purdue's Social Security Sign Up Page

Social Security Number Waiver Request

If you are required to show evidence that you are not eligible for a Social Security number, you may request a Social Security number waiver directly from the Social Security Administration. Please see ISS during walk-ins for more information.

Leadership and Professional Development Initiative (LPDI)

The Leadership & Professional Development Initiative (LPDI) is a campus-wide framework for intentionally developing students' leadership and professional development knowledge and skills. Purdue has aninternational reputation for producing talented graduates across various disciplines. We build on this strong reputation by leveraging and connecting in class and out-of-class experiences to give students the best chance at success at Purdue and beyond.

The LPDI prepares students for career-oriented growth, helping them translate their experiences into better job placement and advancement opportunities. As a part of this initiative, the Roger C. Stewart Leadership Experience at Purdue (LEAP) offers all incoming undergraduate students an opportunity to take myStrengths,, Gallup's CliftonStrengths for Students® tool that teaches individuals to focus and expand upon their talents and strengths.

Civic Engagement & Leadership Development (CELD)

Civic Engagement & Leadership Development (CELD) focuses on direct student engagement and provides transformative on-campus and community-based experiences for students to develop their leadership and civic identities in order to prepare them to facilitate positive change in local, national and global communities. This is done by connecting the university and community as partners to explore the critical issues facing leaders today through engaged curricular and co-curricular leadership learning opportunities and promoting the practice of active citizenship. Opportunities include Campus Wide Days of Service, Student Service Breaks, Learning Communities, Women’s leadership programming and voter registration and education.

ACE Campus Food Pantry

ACE Campus Food Pantry is a resource to combat food insecurity on Purdue's campus. The pantry is available 2x weekly for Purdue students, staff, and faculty. The pantry is located at 200 N. Russell Street in West Lafayette. For more information on pick-up and walk-up appointments, please visit the ACE Campus Food Pantry Facebook page or call (765) 494-1926. ACE is also home to a community of student leaders who volunteer in the pantry each week and promote basic needs programming. To get involved, email acefoodpantry@gmail.com for more information.

Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS)

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to helping Purdue students reach their fullest potential both in and out of the classroom. The Office of the Dean of Students consists of nine specialized areas that include: Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, Counseling and Psychological Services, Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life, Off-Campus Housing, Parent & Family Connections, Student Health Services, Student Legal Services, and Student Rights and Responsibilities.

The Office of the Dean of Students at Purdue provides assistance for students and their families. They offer services and resources to help with many issues students and families face — from academic and financial situations to safety and health issues. For more information on the services offered by ODOS, visit the Office of the Dean of Students website.

Contact Information

Address: 475 Stadium Mall Drive, Room 207 West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765-494-1747

Email: odos@purdue.edu

Orientation Programs

Purdue Orientation Programs introduce and connect all new undergraduate students to Purdue University through student and staff led academic and social programming, both on campus and virtual, to prepare them for their Purdue experience. Programs include: Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration (STAR), Virtual STAR (VSTAR), Boiler Gold Rush (BGR), and Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi). For more program information, visit the Orientation Programs website.

Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)

Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) takes place the week before fall classes begin, and Purdue encourages all incoming students to take part. 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.

Boiler Gold Rush International

Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) is a supplemental orientation program specifically designed to meet incoming international undergraduate students' unique needs and concerns. Taking place the week before Boiler Gold Rush, the four-day BGRi program is packed with information and tips to help new international students be successful at Purdue.

Cost and Registration

Register for BGR online via the myPurdue portal. Once you register, your student account will be billed for the BGR program fee of $320 (you will not need to make an online payment at this time). Once you have registered and been billed for the program, you will receive a confirmation. After you register for BGR, you will be able to register for Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) at no additional charge.

Fee Waiver

A limited number of need-based waivers are available to cover all or part of the $320 fee. The link to the BGR Fee Waiver Application, and details on how to apply, can be found on the New Student Task List. Students applying for the fee waiver must register for BGR for their application to be fully considered. The BGR Fee Waiver Application will close on July 31.

Purdue Promise

Purdue Promise champions access, affordability, and holistic support to facilitate opportunities for qualifying Indiana scholars to graduate on time and debt-free. If you’re a 21st Century Scholar with a total family income of less than $50,000 per year, then you may qualify for Purdue Promise. On top of providing extra financial support, Purdue Promise offers regular, one-on-one coaching meetings with professional staff, a safe spaces to ask questions and seek advice, a first-year course to help you transition from high school to college, and much more! For more information, visit the Purdue Promise website.

Contact Information

Address: 1198 Third Street, 4th Floor West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: See staff contact information.

Email: purduepromise@purdue.edu

Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services

Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services offers an array of support services for nontraditional undergraduate students at Purdue University. The program, based on the belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor, provides services that positively impact the personal, academic, and career success of undergraduate nontraditional students. Span Plan has provided guidance and support for adult nontraditional students since 1968 and is dedicated to assisting students achieve their academic goals. For more information on services and benefits, visit the Span Plan website.

Criteria for Span Plan Students

You may meet any of the following criteria to be eligible for Span Plan at Purdue.

  • 2-year delayed enrollment into post secondary education
  • Financially independent for financial aid purposes
  • Has dependents other than a spouse or domestic partner
  • Married student/in a domestic partnership
  • Transfer student age 23 or older when beginning at Purdue University

Contact Information

Address: 1198 Third Street, Room 422 West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765-494-5860

Email: spanplan@purdue.edu

Veterans Success Center (VSC)

Purdue’s Veterans Success Center (VSC) provides an array of resources and support for veteran students and those still serving in the military, as well as their dependents. In addition to providing a physical space in the Purdue Memorial Union where students can gather, the VSC serves as an on-ramp to navigating and accessing military-related education benefits. Their services are intended to empower veteran and military students at every point in their academic journey, whether they are new to Purdue or seeking to enter the workforce. For more information on services and benefits, visit the Veterans Success Center website.

Education Benefits

Purdue accepts a variety of military-related education benefits including the GI Bill, Tuition Assistance and more. Links to more information about each program are provided below. Please contact the office directly if you have questions about how these benefits apply to your specific situation.

Contact Information

Address: 101 N Grant St. Rooms 284/286 West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: 765-494-7638

Email: dogtags@purdue.edu

ALEKS Placement Assessment

The Department of Mathematics offers an ALEKS Placement Assessment for students who need to establish credit for math placement. Students who have established credit for a Purdue math class (via AP, IB, transfer, or dual credit) are typically placed into an appropriate math class in their first semester based on that credit.

Students who have not established credit are placed into a Purdue math class based on SAT Math, ACT Math, or ALEKS mathematics placement assessment scores. For more information on the ALEKS Assessment and additional college offerings, visit the Department of Mathematics website.

Assessment Details

The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from basic mathematics through precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

Scores Required for Placement
If you already have an SAT Math or ACT Math score that meets or exceeds the course requirements listed above you do not have to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment to place into a mathematics course.
Who can take the Assessment

Even if you place into your desired mathematics course with your SAT or ACT scores, all students are able to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment and use the learning modules. There is no penalty for taking an ALEKS assessment as you can use your qualifying score in either ALEKS, SAT Math, or ACT Math for placement.

This is not a Test!

It is important that you relax and that you are honest about your skill level. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help. Remember, you not only want to get into the right course, you want to be very successful in that course. This is simply an assessment, not a test. The difference is that an assessment is designed to determine what you know in order to best serve your academic success at Purdue University.

Benefits of Taking the Assessment

At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance to work on those weaknesses through a targeted Prep and Learning Module geared to your goals to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

Communication (COM) 114 Test Out Opportunity

The Brian Lamb School of Communication within the College of Liberal Arts offers a test out opportunity for COM 114. COM 114, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, is a required course for many majors and it fulfills the oral communication University Core Curriculum requirement. The course comprises the study of communication theories as applied to speech, and involves practical communicative experiences ranging from interpersonal communication and small group processes to informative and persuasive speaking in standard speaker-audience situations. For more information on the testing opportunity and additional college offerings, visit the Brian Lamb School of Communication website.

Testing Criteria

To be eligible, the tester:

  • Is currently enrolled at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.
  • Has not previously attempted the test out exam; each student may attempt only one test out of COM 114.
  • Is a newly admitted student or currently enrolled student who has not received a grade or directed grade in COM 114, other than a grade of W.
  • Is not currently enrolled in COM 114 during the semester that test out exam is attempted.
  • Has a Form 231 from their academic advisor to submit at the time of the Written Exam (not applicable for incoming STAR students).
  • Can provide either a Government ID or Purdue University Student ID at the time of the Written and Oral Exams.
  • There is a $35 fee for the COM 114 Test Out exam.
  • Charges appear on account through the Bursar’s Office after testing.
  • Students who are Pell Grant eligible will receive a waiver and will not be charged the $35 fee.
  • The nonrefundable exam fee is only applied to those students who take the written exam (just registering to take the exam does not incur the $35 fee).

Testing Process

Before proceeding, all students should verify and ensure that the COM 114 course is necessary for their academic plan of study. Some Purdue degrees do not require COM 114 which may make this test-out non-beneficial for some students. VSTAR Students interested in testing out of COM 114 should first go here and complete the short registration form. Within 24-36 hours they will be enrolled in a Brightspace course called “COM-114 Testout.”

Students should plan to complete the written test out exam by 11:59 p.m. July 10th, 2020.

When a student is ready to take the test, log into the above Brightspace course, click on “Content” -> “Written Exam” -> “Written COM 114 Test Out Exam – Requires Respondus Lockdown Browser + Webcam”

The written test:
  • Should be completed within one hour (you should not leave the camera’s frame at any time once the test has begun).
  • Will prompt you to install Respondus Browser software before beginning the exam.
  • Will require you to present (to your camera) either a government issued photo ID or your Purdue ID as well as verifying a microphone & camera is enabled and correctly connected to your computer.
  • Will comprise of fifty (50) multiple-choice questions, presented one at a time, covering various communication situations, topics, and theories.
  • Will be scored and results presented immediately to you upon completion. Students who pass the written exam will be contacted after July 10th via Purdue email and Brightspace announcement regarding the details of the oral presentation. Those who do not pass will need to enroll in COM 114 to earn credit.
  • Is also administered during the fall and spring semesters on campus for those unable to take the test during the summer.

Email testout@purdue.edu prior to taking the online written exam to discuss your specific accommodation.

Language Placement Exams

The School of Languages and Cultures within the College of Liberal Arts offers testing opportunities in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. For more information on testing opportunities and additional offerings, visit the School of Languages and Cultures website.,

Testing Logistics

  • Students who have had 2 years or more of high school study of a language must take a placement test or complete a placement interview in order to determine their first course in a language sequence.
  • Students who have had less than 2 years of high school study, or for whom it has been 5 years or more since their last language course may begin at 10100 or may sit for a placement exam. Students with advanced credit (transfer, dual credit) or who are enrolled in or have completed a course in a language may not sit for a placement exam.
  • Students may only sit for a placement exam once in any language.
  • Students with no previous study of a language should not sit for a placement exam and should contact their advisor for permission to enroll in 10100.
  • There is a $35 rate for placement in each language for Purdue students.
  • Charges appear on account through the Bursar’s Office after testing.
  • Students who are Pell Grant eligible will receive a waiver and will not be charged.
Testing, Placement, and Credit
  • No advance registration.
  • Placement results provided at conclusion of exam.
  • Test scores are loaded to students’ academic record following testing providing prerequisites.
  • Earn departmental credit for courses skipped in 101, 102, 201, 202 sequence by completing your placement course with a C- or higher on WL campus.
Requirements for Taking the Test
  • A computer, Mac or PC, with a webcam
  • Fast and reliable internet connection
  • Valid Purdue ID or another document showing your name and Purdue ID number
  • A quiet space where you can be alone
  • Willingness to allow the testing system to videotape you as you take the test
  • If you meet these requirements, click here to download test instructions.
American Sign Language
  • Testing is by appointment: Contact Raymond Olson rcolson@purdue.edu
  • Test will be conducted in ASL and includes demonstration of basic signs and conversation.
  • Results will determine placement in ASL102 or 201 (placement in ASL 202 is not an option).
  • Foreign Language Placement Testing Permission Form is required; contact your advisor.


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