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December 2021 Newsletter

COVID-19 Information from Purdue

COVID-19 Booster Shots: The next small step to return campus to normal

Listen as Dr. Esteban Ramirez, chief medical officer at the Protect Purdue Health Center, and Eric Barker, dean of the College of Pharmacy, talk about the importance of getting your COVID-19 booster shot. Read more.

End-of-semester guidance: Surveillance testing, pre-departure testing and other important information

As the fall semester wraps up, Purdue University is committed to helping students return home safely and offers the following end-of-semester guidance for all Boilermakers: 

Surveillance testing

  • Surveillance testing for the fall semester will conclude for students on Dec. 12 and for employees Dec. 19. 

Pre-departure testing

  • Anyone wishing to be tested for COVID-19 before travel may schedule an appointment with the Protect Purdue Health Center  using this link to schedule online. Appointments may also be made via phone or by email following the instructions here.
  • PPHC testing is primarily conducted using rapid antigen testing, with results available after 30 minutes. 
  • If an individual needs a PCR test for travel purposes, please alert the staff when scheduling AND arriving at the testing center. Results from on-campus PCR tests are typically returned within approximately 48-72 hours.

COVID-19 booster shots

  • All members of the Purdue community age 18+ who meet  basic eligibility criteria are qualified to receive a free COVID-19 booster shot at the campus vaccine clinic.
  • Ample appointments are available, and  all eligible Boilermakers are strongly encouraged  to take advantage before departing campus at the end of the semester. 
  • Make an appointment for a booster shot

December Commencement

Continued diligence 

  • All Boilermakers are reminded of the need to continue practicing good COVID-19 safety measures while away from campus, including staying away from others when ill and reporting any symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 to the Protect Purdue Health Center right away. 

COVID-19 testing and other PPHC services through year-end

  • The Protect Purdue Health Center testing site and vaccine clinic will operate with modified hours during the holidays and over winter break.  View full hours on the Protect Purdue website
  • PPHC staff continue to be available by phone 24/7 at 765-496-4636 or toll-free at 1-833-571-1043. If you are facing a medical emergency, please call 911 or seek care at a local Emergency Department.
  • On campus isolation and quarantine housing will continue to be available to those who need it during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks.

Featured Stories    

Steps to Leaps - End of Semester Well being Tip

The final Well being tip of the week for the semester from the Steps to Leaps Research Collaborative is now available. Be sure to check it out and stay tuned for new tips next year!

Purdue WL community: Adverse winter weather procedures

If adverse weather conditions necessitate that a wind chill, snow or ice emergency be declared for the West Lafayette campus, special procedures pertaining to classes, operations, parking, pay and/or attendance will become effective. 

’Tis the season for seasonal affective disorder; resources are available to help

Winter is approaching … confirmed by the cooler temperatures, falling leaves and shorter days, which of course results in less daylight. The change in season can cause a type of depression and change in mood known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

SAD is defined as “depression associated with late autumn and winter and thought to be caused by a lack of light.” In addition to the cold temperatures, dark days and bad weather associated with winter, the holidays can increase stress and feelings of depression. According to the American Psychiatric Association, about 5 percent of adults in the U.S. experience SAD, and it typically lasts about 40 percent of the year. The association also reports that January and February tend to be the most difficult months for individuals in the U.S. with SAD. Read more.

Assistant vice provost for academic initiatives announced

The Office of the Provost has announced that Catherine Golden will join Purdue as assistant vice provost for academic initiatives, beginning Dec. 8. Golden is currently the associate dean for academic affairs at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Reporting to Jenna Rickus, vice provost for teaching and learning, Golden will collaborate with faculty, academic units and external agencies to create, renew, approve and seek the accreditation of academic programs. She also will serve as a primary point of contact with senior leadership and external partners including state government, accreditation bodies, federal agencies, partner institutions and other campuses within the Purdue system. Read more.

Reminder- FAFSA

Current students interested in receiving financial aid (including federal educational loans) at Purdue University for the 2022-2023 academic year must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For maximum aid consideration, students/families should complete a FAFSA by Purdue’s April 15, 2022 priority filing date.

The 2022-23 FAFSA will look two years back at 2020 tax data. This will allow most students and their families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to submit the FAFSA with their already completed 2020 IRS tax return information.

Students/families submit the FAFSA at Dependent students and one parent must each have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to complete the FAFSA process. If you do not have an FSA ID, or have forgotten it, go to and click on Create Account in the top right of the page.

7 Things You Need Before Filling Out the 2022–23 FAFSA® Form

Information for 1098T

Purdue now reports in Box 1 of the 1098T which represents the amount of Qualified Tuition & Related Expenses (QTRE)  paid during the year. Depending on the students’ income (or family income, if the student is a dependent), whether the student is considered full or half-time enrolled, and the amount of the qualified educational expenses for the year, the student maybe eligible for a federal education tax credit. (Detailed information about claiming education tax credits are available on the  IRS website, publication 970 . The dollar amounts reported on the Form 1098-T may assist in completing IRS Form 8863 – the form used for calculating the education tax credits that a taxpayer may claim as part of their tax return. 

Please note: due to the Winter Recess, any mailed payments including 529s must be received in our office by December 21 st to be processed and included on the 2021 1098-T.  Any payments made online electronically & posted by December 31, 2021 will be included.

Purdue University is unable to provide individual tax advice, but should you have questions, please seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser. For your general reference, below is a blank sample of the 2021 Form 1098-T, that you will receive electronically via the student account in January 2022. For more information and additional resources about Form 1098-T, visit the  Office of the Bursar website .

Boilermakers Bound for Music City Bowl

With its best season in 15 years, Purdue football has accepted an invitation to play in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl. The Boilermakers (8-4, 6-3 Big Ten) will battle the Tennessee Volunteers (7-5, 4-4 SEC) on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

December is the perfect time to Think Summer

Nearly 20,000 students took classes last summer to help increase return on investment.  In fact, students who complete classes during 3 summers net an average over $52,000 by graduating early!  With over 300 unique fully online options and many more residential courses, taking Purdue classes over the summer is more convenient than ever.  The initial Summer 2022 schedule of classes will be available in your students’ myPurdue portal on Monday, December 6.  Encourage your student to explore courses and talk with their academic advisor before registration opens in January.  

Have questions?  Email the Division of Summer Session at or send a text to 765-201-0292.

Steps-to-Leaps celebrates two years of impact

In the fall of 2019, Purdue kicked-off the Steps to Leaps initiative with presentations, a faculty research panel, a student panel and table discussions among the nearly 200 participants at a summit in the Purdue ballrooms.

Today, Steps to Leaps is a cohesive framework of educational materials, media and programming that supports students through its five pillars. 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.

University Residences

Winter Break Housing

Room only-interim housing is available to students wishing to stay during the winter break for an additional charge, as contracted room and board charges do not cover this scheduled vacation period (with the exception of University Residences apartments).

Pre-registration is required for anyone staying over break. Interim housing is not available to students who are graduating in December or not returning in the spring. An optional meal plan will be offered to students staying over winter break for an additional charge. This will include 13 meals per week and $25 Dining Dollars per week. Information on dining locations will be determined and shared in the near future.

The registration form will be available October 6 at 12:00 noon. Please visit the   housing portal  to register.  For questions, please call the Central Assignments Office at (765) 494-1000  during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST) or send an email to Additional Information may be found on the  Winter Break Housing page .

Returning Spring 2022 - Letter to students living in University Residences

Similar to the fall move-in, you will need to select a date and time for your move-in or return to University Residences after winter break at

If you plan to return to campus between January 5–10, 2022, you must plan to return to campus during your selected time. You can now visit the move-in scheduling site and select a move-in date and time. It is important to select a time slot through the scheduling website to avoid any delays in your move-in process.

Please remember to bring the following:

  • Your PUID
  • Your move-in pass, either printed or displayed electronically on your phone

If you are planning to arrive prior to January 5 or after January 10, 2022, you should contact the main office of your assigned residence hall.

  • If you are planning to arrive prior to January 5 and are not part of an approved early arrival program that covers your cost or waives your cost of early arrival, you may be subject to the early arrival daily rate of $32/day room-only fee and you should contact your assigned hall’s main office as soon as possible to confirm availability.
  • If you are a part of a pre-approved early arrival group, you will be able to select an earlier time slot. Contact your program coordinator for dates and other pertinent information, such as any costs that may be associated with arriving early.

New this year: If you are a returning residence hall student, you may check in one of two ways:

  • Option 1
    • Visit and check in through the Self Check in for Spring 2022
    • Complete the appropriate steps and wait 1-2 minutes for door access to activate.
  • Option 2
    • Residents in Cary Quad, Earhart, First Street, Harrison, Hawkins, Hillenbrand, Honors, McCutcheon, Meredith, Meredith South, Owen, Shreve, Tarkington, Winifred Parker, Frieda Parker, Wiley and Windsor.

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. You may report to your assigned hall’s main office to check in.

4 p.m. – 12 a.m. Report to the following location based on where you are assigned to complete their check-in process.

  • Cary Quadrangle, Owen and Tarkington, report to Cary Quadrangle.
  • Frieda Parker, Honors College & Residences, Windsor, Winifred Parker and Wiley Halls, report to Frieda Parker Hall.
  • Earhart, First Street, Meredith, Meredith South and Shreve Halls report to First Street Towers.
  • Hawkins Hall, report to Hawkins.
  • Harrison, Hillenbrand and McCutcheon Halls report to Hillenbrand.

12 a.m. – 8 a.m. Please report to your assigned hall’s main office to check in.

Hilltop Residents

  • Option 1
  • Option 2
    • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. You may report to Hilltop’s main office to check in.
    • 4 p.m. – 8 a.m. Please report to Cary Quad to check in.

Residents in URBAs and Purdue Village

  • Option 1
  • Option 2
    •  Please report to the Purdue Village main office to check in.

Please continue to visit the housing move-in website at for additional updates and the latest information. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us ensure a safe spring move-in.

Have a great break!

University Residences 

Spring 2022 Meal Plan Changes

Meal plan changes effective for the 2022 Spring Semester may be submitted  beginning Monday, January 3, 2022 at noon.  Meal plan changes should be made in the  housing contract portal The  deadline to submit a request to lower the number of meal swipes is  Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time.  Students may increase the number of meal swipes at any time.

Contracting for 2022-2023 Academic Year

Contract Renewal is a phased process – based upon where the resident currently lives and their current University classification. With the exception of November 1, 2021, each phase becomes active at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time and remains active until the end of the contract renewal process, which is February 28, 2022, at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time.

2022-2023 Contract Renewal Dates

Return to Your Same Room

November 1 (noon) - November 3, 2021


Current Seniors, Senior Special Residents  and Students with Approved Housing Accommodations

November 10, 2021

Current Juniors and Junior Special Residents  1

November 11, 2021

Displaced Residents  2

November 12, 2021

Current Sophomores and Sophomore Special Residents  1

November 16, 2021

Current Freshmen and Freshmen Special Residents  1

November 18, 2021

New Spring Semester Residents  3

January 10, 2022


All Students Eligible for Contract Renewal

February 28, 2022

  1. Special residents are students who left University Residences for Industrial Co-op, Study Abroad, called to Military Duty, or for a medical reason and plan to return to University Residences for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.
  2. A displaced resident is one whose room will not be available during the contract period. Most rooms become unavailable due to requirements for Honors College, Learning/Living Communities, or a change in space management.
  3. New spring semester residents are all students, regardless of classification, who have a signed housing contract for the spring semester only.

Additional information can be found on the  University Residences website .

Boiler Baskets

Send Your Student a Boiler Basket Ahead of Finals!

Purdue Dining & Culinary staff member Claire Greer (‘21) shows off a recently finished Boiler Basket. (Purdue University photo/Liz Evans).

Would you like to send them something sweet ahead of finals week? Does your student have a birthday coming up? Consider a Boiler Basket! In August, Purdue Dining & Culinary (PD&C) launched a new treat package program for students living in University Residences (which includes UR residents in off-campus apartments). Boiler Baskets range in price from $14.99 (a birthday cake) to an academic year subscription at $179.99 (2 deliveries each semester + a birthday cake). The variety of treats and goodies are made on campus in the PD&C kitchen at Meredith Hall and assembled in the former Tarkington Market facility.

“We’ve received wonderful feedback from students and families. This is a way for students to remember they have a support system and sending a Boiler Basket is a way to say “hey, thinking of you” in an economical and fun way,” said Associate Director of Auxiliary Dining Services for Purdue Dining & Culinary Gretchen Jewell.

A look at a birthday cookie cake ready to be personalized before the PD&C team delivers it to a student via Purdue Dining & Culinary’s Boiler Basket program. (Purdue University photo/Liz Evans).

Jewell and her team are in charge of making up the baskets and delivering them to their intended recipient. The personal birthday cakes have been the most popular, so far, but Jewell expects other baskets will be popular as finals week gets closer.

Purdue Dining & Culinary Associate Director of Auxiliary Dining Services Gretchen Jewell trains a new employee to create a BoilerBasket. (Purdue University photo/Liz Evans).

Here’s how it works: A family or friend can purchase the basket they prefer online and then a team with PD&C will prepare the food for your basket. It will then be assembled and delivered to the student’s residence hall or apartment main office. Students will be notified they have a package available for pickup. You can decide when you want the basket delivered (for example, if you’d like the package to be delivered on your student’s birthday) and you can even include a customized message, so your Boilermaker knows exactly who was thinking of them and why.

Boiler Baskets can be made gluten-free upon request and there is also a Top 8 allergen-free basket option, as well.

BoilerBasket Time Lapse Video


Commencement Corner

As a reminder, there is a dedicated website for Purdue Commencement providing Key Dates, Ticketing Information, Parking Information and many other helpful tips as your student prepares for Commencement

Winter Commencement

Purdue to celebrate December graduates’ persistent pursuit of degrees

Thousands of Purdue University students set out on life-changing journeys several years ago, taking their small steps across the campus during Boiler Gold Rush orientation. And thanks to their persistent pursuit together, ever innovating in the midst of a global pandemic, they will gather Dec. 18 and 19 at Elliott Hall of Music to celebrate their graduation and next giant leaps into the world. Read more.

Division I -- Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts

Division II -- Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET

  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Polytechnic Institute
  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

Division III -- Sunday, December 19, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Doctor of Philosophy (All Schools/Colleges)

Spring Commencement Dates

Division I -- Friday, May 13, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering (Schools of ABE, ME, MSE)

Division II -- Friday, May 13, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET

  • Engineering (Schools of AAE, BME, CE, CHE, CNE, ECE, EV, IE, IDE, NE)

Division III -- Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate and Professional)

Division IV -- Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Liberal Arts
  • Management

Division V -- Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Health and Human Sciences (Undergraduate and Professional)

Division VI -- Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Education
  • Pharmacy (Undergraduate and Professional)
  • Polytechnic Institute (Undergraduate and Professional)

Division VII -- Monday, May 16, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Graduate School (Masters and Doctor of Philosophy-All Schools and Colleges)

Summer Commencement Dates

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9:30 a.m. ET

  • All Schools and Colleges

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 1:30 p.m. ET

  • Doctor of Philosophy (All Schools and Colleges)


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 

January 10, Spring Semester Begins

January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes)

January 18, Last day to register without a late fee

January 24, Last day to cancel a course assignment without it appearing on record

February 7, Last day to withdraw a course with a grade W or to add/modify a course with instructor and advisor signature

February 21, Last day for grade correction for fall semester 2021

February 28, Last day for students to sign/cancel housing renewal contract for 2022-2023 before coming binding

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

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