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October 2021 Newsletter

COVID-19 Information from Purdue

Although we are continuing to keep families updates with information sent to the Purdue community, for the most up-to-date information and FAQ's please visit the Protect Purdue website, and the Purdue COVID-19 Dashboard. President Mitch Daniels provides guidelines for Boilermakers on keeping ourselves, others and Purdue safe in the coming year and encourages the Purdue community to stay vigilant even after being fully vaccinated. Students can also review the role of COVID-19 vaccine in fall 2021 operations.

Protect Purdue efforts proving effective a month into semester 

A month into the 2021-22 school year, Purdue University’s Protect Purdue efforts continue to be successful in helping keep the campus vibrant, healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purdue has been as open, densely populated and operational as any campus even close to its size among U.S. universities since the pandemic. And this fall, Purdue welcomed its largest freshman class ever in driving enrollment to record levels, offering a fully in-person instructional experience and embracing a return to normal activities and events – all made possible through a collective commitment to masking and other safety protocols in compliance with the Protect Purdue Pledge. Read more.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shots available to Purdue community at campus clinic

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are now available to eligible members of the Purdue University community at the West Lafayette campus vaccine clinic. Read more.

What Your Student Should Do If They Are Sick

All faculty, staff and students are expected to monitor for and report all symptoms of COVID-19 to the Protect Purdue Health Center. 


  • If your student is sick, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should stay home and do not attend work or class. If they are at work or in class when symptoms begin, they should go home immediately. 
  • Students should inform their instructor and/or supervisor of their absence and contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043. (A call tree option is available after hours.) Students will be connected with a registered nurse case manager, who will help determine the appropriate course of care, which could include self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test.


  • Students, faculty and staff are expected to follow the directions provided by the case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center, including any testing, contact tracing and quarantine or isolation instructions. 
  • Do not return to work or class until you receive clearance to do so from the Protect Purdue Health Center.
  • Information and resources for anyone in isolation or quarantine are available from the Protect Purdue Health Center.

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Family Weekend 2021 - October 22-24 - Registration still open!

Event registration for Family Weekend 2021 opened at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, September 21st and will remain open until noon (EDT) on Wednesday, October 20th. There is not an overall registration for Family Weekend, only events noted on the Family Weekend Event Listing page. Once the kickoff time is announced for the sold-out game against Wisconsin, we will send families a notification so they can may any necessary changes/updates to their registration before it closes. In the mean time, check out the Family Weekend Parking Information our FAQ's, and Fall 2021 visitor guidelines.

Purdue Homecoming 2021

Purdue welcomed alumni and friends back to campus for Homecoming 2021, theme “Giant Leaps Home.” Activities included the Purdue Homecoming Parade, Boilermaker Boulevard on Stadium Mall, "Thrill on the Hill" with the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, and Purdue football's game against Minnesota. See the pictures from Purdue Homecoming 2021.

Flu shots available to Purdue community via designated locations, flu shot events

Employees and students on the West Lafayette campus have access to free flu vaccines again this year via designated locations and flu shot events. Regardless of location, individuals coming for a flu shot should bring their Purdue University ID (PUID) card or their Anthem medical plan ID card. Read more.

U.S. News rankings: Purdue again among top 10 ‘Most Innovative Schools’ in nation

The Data Mine, Equity Task Force, Purdue Polytechnic High Schools, new industry partnerships, Transformative Education 2.0 and a continued focus on accessibility and affordability. For these initiatives and more, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Purdue among the top 10 Most Innovative Schools in the nation. Read more.

Purdue’s national leadership during pandemic, ongoing commitment to affordability and accessibility lead to record enrollment

Purdue’s incoming freshman class is a record 10,191, the result of an unprecedented and unanticipated jump in the rate at which out-of-state U.S. applicants accepted admissions offers. A new survey of admitted students shows that the university’s success navigating the pandemic, as well as its reputation for affordability and high-quality education, were drivers behind the surge in demand and an overall record fall enrollment of 49,639 undergraduate, professional and graduate students. Read more.

Purdue center to offer support groups this fall to students of color

The Purdue Counseling and Guidance Center (PCGC) will be offering two support groups this fall to Purdue students of color. Groups are scheduled to begin on Oct. 18 and will meet virtually on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET.

The PCGC is an educational training facility staffed by students and supervised by faculty in the Counseling Psychology Program in the College of Education. The center provides free counseling services to University students and members of the Lafayette and West Lafayette community. Read more.

Office of the Dean of Students available to assist students in need of support

As the semester continues, the Office of the Dean of Students wants to remind the campus community that ODOS remains available to assist in providing support for students. ODOS can help students navigate challenges they are experiencing both personally and academically. Faculty and staff who recognize a student who may be in need of support or additional care are encouraged to share their concern with ODOS. A list of common reported concerns is available online.

Here are some examples of concerns in a remote learning environment:

  • Concerning comments in electronic communication or social media.
  • Change in behavior (lack of engagement in coursework; marked drop in performance).
  • Stopped communication (no longer responding to academic outreach). 

Additionally, students affected by COVID-19 (self or family diagnoses, financial insecurity, etc.) also can be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for support.

Student of Concern Reports prompt individualized outreach to students by members of the Office of the Dean of Students and can be submitted online.

Parent & Family Virtual Events Continue

With the feedback received from families on the 2020-2021 Virtual Events, we are happy to continue the events into the fall 2021 semester. Watch your inbox for an invitation for our next event. If you missed any of the previous virtual events, you can find the links to the recordings on our website.


October 11-12, October Break (No Classes)

October 18, Schedule of Classes published for Spring 2022 Term

November 24-27, Thanksgiving Vacation (No Classes)

December 11, Classes End

December 13, Schedule of Classes published for Summer 2022 Term

December 13-18, Final Exams

December 18, Semester Ends

December 18, Commencement 

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

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