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September 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.

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

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. Families can also meet staff who can answer questions and share information.

Fall Family Weekend Parking

Information on parking for Fall Family Weekend is available. 

Featured Stories    

Orientation programs welcomed more than 8,000 students to campus

Purdue welcomed its newest Boilermakers to the West Lafayette campus last week during Boiler Gold Rush and Boiler Gold Rush International, two orientation programs that help students navigate their new environment ahead of fall semester classes. Check out a new photo gallery and video recap to see the week's activities.

A new academic year begins: Purdue’s campus in action

As Purdue wrapped up the first week of classes, here’s a glimpse of students striding into the new academic year. This time-lapse video was set up at key locations on campus to capture busy Boilermakers taking small steps toward their next giant leap.

Welcome to the new academic year from Provost Wolfe

In a message sent during the first week of classes, Provost Patrick Wolfe welcomes new faculty and staff who have joined Purdue at an unparalleled time in Purdue’s history. He also thanks all faculty and staff across the university for choosing Purdue and for their continuous efforts toward academic and research excellence.

Fall Welcome Message

On August 30th, students and families were sent a fall welcome message from Dr. Katherine Sermersheim, Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students. Read more.

Engage In Your Learning

The following page is a practical resource for Purdue students with strategies and tips for boosting your student's academic engagement, both within and beyond the classroom. We hope that it will be helpful for families to be aware of and for students who wish to get more involved at Purdue University.

You may also choose to download information as a PDF here.

Fall 2023 JCP Suit-Up & Purdue CCO Online Event

The Center for Career Opportunities & JCPenney Suit-Up Event is here!

This collaboration between Purdue CCO and JCPenney continues to offer an extra 30% off coupon towards your online or in-store purchase. Read more.

Purdue Farmers Market continues through October

The Purdue Farmers Market continues every Thursday through Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Mall. The market features vendors selling a wide range of items, including hot food, fresh produce and delicious desserts. The campus community and public are invited to attend; visitor parking is available in the nearby Grant Street Parking Garage at hourly rates. Read more.

Find out what’s happening on campus, in the community with the Purdue University Events Calendar

What’s happening on campus this fall? Don’t forget to check the Purdue University Events Calendar, which streamlines the West Lafayette campus’ public events and allows the university community and the general public to customize their personal scheduling and event planning.

Purdue Convocations announces 121st season

Purdue Convocations recently announced its 121st season with a lineup of innovative projects and performances from around the world. The 2023-24 season will include the West Lafayette Global Fest; award-winning hip-hop, rock, folk, jazz and chamber musicians; an interactive wellness installation; thought-provoking lectures; family-friendly engagements; on-campus school matinees; and award-winning Broadway musicals and major attractions in Elliott Hall of Music.

Purdue announces new dean of the College of Science and other leadership updates

With the Fall 2023 semester set to start Monday (Aug. 21), Purdue University has announced several personnel updates to its leadership team, including the next Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science, senior vice presidents, the director of the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research and the vice president for communications. Read more.

What is the Purdue for Life Foundation?

Purdue for Life — created in 2020 by uniting the Purdue Alumni Association and the University Development Office — helps people who love Purdue stay connected, get involved and give back. The foundation drives and coordinates all alumni-related activities and works with alumni, friends and fans to garner support for the university.

Travel the world with your Purdue family

The Purdue Alumni Travel Program would like to highlight several family-friendly itineraries in 2024, and extend a warm welcome to our Boilermaker families to join Purdue alumni, friends, fans and explore the world with us next year!
If interested or for more information, please contact Sarah Rice (Assistant Director, Alumni Travel) at or 765-494-5175.

UR Room Ranked Contest 2023

As students move into their housing space, they’ll probably be thinking of all the ways to make it a campus home. Will the room show off their Purdue pride? Or maybe it’s their well-being oasis? Whichever way they decide to decorate, we’re prepared to reward their creativity. University Residences is holding its annual “UR Room Ranked” decoration contest in 2023, so remind students to consider a theme as they purchase items for their room. Entries will be accepted beginning in August. More information and official rules are available here.

Don’t forget to follow @purduestudents and the hashtag #urroomranked to join in the fun!

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!

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 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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