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August 2023 Newsletter

2023 Fall Family Weekend

Fall 2023 Family Weekend Registration


Fall Family Weekend 2023 will take place September 15-17. Event information can be found on the Family Weekend website. Registration is now open to all Boilermaker Families for Family Weekend Events! 

Family Weekend registration will close at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, Thursday, September 7th.

No refunds for paid events after 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern, Friday, September 1st.

Event Questions

If you have questions about Fall 2023 Family Weekend events, please email Parent & Family Connections at or call our Helpline at (765) 496-0524. If we are on the line with other callers, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Registration Questions

Questions/issues with Fall 2023 Family Weekend registration should be directed to the Office of Special Events at or call 765-494-0900.

Fall Family Weekend Check-In (updated location)

Family Weekend Check-In will take place in the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center (CREC), Black & Gold Gyms - enter at Northwest entrance by Rankin Track and Field Complex/CoRec Parking. Registered families and guests are to stop by Fall Family Weekend Check-In to pick up wristbands, purchased blankets, tickets for paid events, and learn about the PurdueGuide app (available in early September). Families can also meet staff who can answer questions and share information.

Fall Family Weekend Parking

Information on parking for Fall Family Weekend is now available. 

Featured Stories    

Purdue’s 2023 summer ceremonies graduate more than 1,500 students and celebrates 250th commencement

Purdue University hosted the summer 2023 Commencement Saturday (Aug. 5) in Elliott Hall of Music during two ceremonies honoring the persistent pursuits and giant leaps of more than 1,500 students. Since the first commencement ceremony in 1875, summer and winter commencements were added to each year’s spring commencement, making this commencement the 250th in Purdue’s history. Read more.

Parents & Families Club

The Purdue Parents & Families Club — established through a partnership between Purdue Athletics and Purdue Student Life — offers more ways to engage parents, families, and students.

This membership opportunity allows parents and families access to a variety of unique and exclusive Purdue experiences to help build a deeper connection to the university where their students reside. This organization will also increase available resources to enhance the campus experience.

Members of the Parents & Families Club will have the opportunity to take advantage of priority access to Purdue Athletics tickets and parking by receiving a John Purdue Club membership, exclusive special event invitations, and special discounts through local restaurants and businesses in the Purdue community.
All Purdue parents and families can join for an annual membership fee of $500, which will provide opportunities for Boilermaker students to connect, learn and lead outside the classroom. To view the full list of membership benefits, click here. The annual membership year will run from May 1 to April 30 to mirror the academic and athletic calendars.
To become a member, visit this site. If you have questions, contact the Purdue Parents & Families Club at 765.494.2582 or 

Purdue University ascends to the top 10 of the Global University Visibility rankings

Ranked as one of the 10 most recognized institutions in the world, Purdue University places No. 3 among U.S. public universities in the annual GUV rankings

Purdue University has once again attained international acclaim, earning a top-10 spot among the most prominent and recognized universities worldwide in the Global University Visibility (GUV) rankings.

In the rankings, conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based firm American Caldwell, Purdue is the only university from the state of Indiana to make the list, coming in at No. 3 among U.S. public universities and No. 10 globally, and ahead of institutions such as the University of Cambridge, Yale University and UCLA. The rankings track the annual visibility of each university through a variety of metrics to compile an overall score, providing a comprehensive measure of a university's prominence within a 12-month period. One hundred universities were listed. Read more.

New Online Mental Health Resource Available

A new web and app-based mental health resource became available to all students, faculty and staff on July 1 courtesy of Purdue Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).   

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) will offer free, confidential well-being resources to all students, faculty and staff on the West Lafayette campus. TAO is a self-guided program informed by psychotherapy research and strategies that provide assistance to help overcome anxiety, depression and other concerns. TAO provides accessible and effective resources including short videos, brief exercises and self-reflection tools.  

“Everyone on campus can benefit from this,” says Chris Hanes, director of CAPS. “TAO gives our community a wealth of resources they can refer to students while simultaneously giving students a variety of tools for self-help. Students can meet access the app at their convenience and complete exercises, reflect, track moods, journal and more.”  Read more.

Purdue Campus Essentials Podcast

Did you know there is a Purdue podcast that makes learning about campus resources quick and easy? Each episode is no more than 10 minutes long and covers the essential information of an important campus resource. Start listening to Purdue Campus Essentials today to learn more about services on campus. The podcast is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Steps to Leaps - Well-Being Tips

Members of the Research Collaborative for Steps to Leaps work to bring a new Well-Being Tip of the week. Set a reminder to check out a new tip each week!

$1.3B Investments in Purdue University facilities for Students and Faculty

View recently completed, ongoing and planned capital projects demonstrating $1.3 billion in university investments. This includes Hillenbrand Residence Hall South and the Purdue Research Foundation’s approved housing development at the corner of 3rd Street and McCormick. Read more.

Newly approved residence hall south of Hillenbrand to add nearly 900 beds for residential learning

The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved construction (Aug. 4) on new student housing immediately south of Hillenbrand Residence Hall on the West Lafayette campus. This new university residence will be an eight-story, 252,525-square-foot facility at $149M that includes 896 pod-style beds for students. The on-campus housing also provides more space for Purdue’s largest living learning community, The Data Mine, to collaborate with each other and with their mentors in the corporate partners program. Read more.

Purdue University Airport constructs new terminal as exploration of commercial air service continues

In an action needed before bringing commercial air service for Greater Lafayette to Purdue University Airport, the Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Aug. 4) gave approval to a new terminal. As one of the few university airports in the country, this airport is where Amelia Earhart instructed flight students in the 1930s. This is a significant next step in Purdue serving the state through “ABC”: Airport for Greater Lafayette, Broadband for rural counties and the (hard tech) Corridor for central Indiana. Read more.

Purdue trustees approve new Nursing and Pharmacy Education Building

In acknowledging the country’s critical workforce needs for skilled nurses and pharmacists and to expand interprofessional education opportunities that mirror modern health care settings, the Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Aug. 4) gave approval to the Nursing and Pharmacy Education Building on the West Lafayette campus. The approximately 186,000-square-foot, $160M building for the School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy will be located at the corner of Mitch Daniels Boulevard and Russell Street. Read more.

Purdue to host Weeks of Welcome

Purdue will celebrate the beginning of the fall semester by highlighting the first weeks of student events and programming. This collaborative effort includes areas within Student Life, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, and Teaching and Learning, as well as the expansive group of more than 900 recognized student organizations. 

Known as “Purdue Weeks of Welcome,” the events will introduce students to the vibrant extracurricular experiences generations of Boilermakers have come to enjoy. The culmination of Purdue Weeks of Welcome will be the University’s celebration of Homecoming, scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 29-30. Check out highlighted events and programming here

Purdue Homecoming, September 29-30

Join alumni and friends on Saturday, September 30, by visiting Boilermaker Boulevard, time-to-be announced. Located in the heart of campus, Boilermaker Boulevard provides the perfect opportunity to visit tents hosted by many of the colleges, schools and units at Purdue for activities and family fun. Then be at Ross-Ade Stadium to cheer the Boilermakers on to victory against Illinois. Read more.


September 4, Labor Day - No Classes

September 15-17, Fall Family Weekend

September 29-30, Purdue Homecoming

October 9-10, October Break - No Classes

November 22-25, Thanksgiving Vacation - No Classes

December 9, Classes End

December 11-16, Final Exams

December 16, Semester Ends (9 p.m.)

December 16-17, Commencement

2023-2024 Academic Calendar

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