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October 2023 Newsletter

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New Staff, Outreach Efforts Expand Accessibility for CAPS Services

As part of a campus-wide investment in well-being, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is increasing accessibility to mental health resources available to Purdue students.

With support from the Action Council on Student Housing and Wellbeing founded by Purdue President Mung Chiang, CAPS has increased staff in many areas. The new staff members improve CAPS’ staff-to-student ratio to those recommended by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services. Over the past three years, CAPS has doubled the size of its high-risk team and added a psychiatric provider and nurse as part of its expanded staffing capacity. Read more.

Purdue welcomes its most selective incoming class

Purdue University is welcoming its most selective class of incoming students for the 2023-24 academic year, marking a ninth consecutive record-breaking year of undergraduate applicants and enrollments, and another overall record for the number of graduate and undergraduate students. This year’s incoming undergraduate class was selected at a 50% admission rate — 3 percentage points lower than last year — from among 72,800 applicants. Read more.

Purdue jumps to No. 33 nationally and to world’s top 100 in 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Purdue is among the world’s best academic institutions, according to yet another highly regarded ranking. The 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, released Wednesday (Sept. 27), ranked Purdue the No. 33 university in the U.S. and No. 86 worldwide, up from No. 40 and No. 127 in the last round and reflecting Purdue’s rising global reputation. Read more.

Purdue University undergraduate national ranking jumps 8 spots, with 13 undergraduate programs in top 10 in the US

At No. 43 overall among 400-plus universities ranked in the country, Purdue captured its best-ever undergraduate ranking by U.S. News & World Report as it improved its position from No. 51 last year. Purdue was also named the No. 7 Most Innovative university, as the new U.S. News & World Report undergraduate ranking extends Purdue’s streak to six consecutive years as a top 10 Most Innovative school in the nation. Read more.

Purdue University named No. 6 Best Value among public universities in the U.S., No. 15 overall by SmartAsset

Purdue University has been named the Best Value university in Indiana and one of the best in the nation in the latest ranking by SmartAsset, an online financial advisor and financial services portal. This latest national accolade recognizes Purdue’s ongoing commitment to the vision of higher education at the highest proven value. Read more.

Information from the Purdue On-Campus Writing Lab 

We at the Purdue On-Campus Writing Lab (OWL) hear a lot of parents are the editors of choice for students. And while parents certainly know best, we want to remind you that the Purdue OWL is here to help complement the writing advice you give your children. 

Our professionally-trained staff of consultants can help with all stages of the writing process—whether that's brainstorming, outlining, drafting, or revising—and can assist with any genre or academic assignment. OWL consultants are available for hour-long, one-to-one appointments Monday-Friday and even on Sundays as well; students can schedule up to three appointments a week and, after each appointment, a detailed report will be sent directly to their inboxes as a friendly reminder about what was covered during the session. 

Here at the OWL, we are always happy to chat with students about their writing, and we want to help empower them with the skills needed to improve their writing and communication. Data shows that students who come to the On-Campus Writing Lab have higher GPAs and are more likely to graduate. By encouraging your child to visit the Lab, you can model the type of help-seeking behaviors that studies show lead to academic success. Find out more about Purdue OWL.

Winter Session Registration Open! 

Purdue University is now offering a 3-week Winter Session from Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, to Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, and courses are available online or through Study Abroad.Students may register for one Winter Session course. No classes will be offered on campus.Winter Session is ideal for students to take a course online to earn credits towards graduation, lighten their spring course schedule, and complete academic requirements, such as a second major or minor.

Students should talk with their academic advisor about exploring winter course options during their spring advising appointment. Students may begin registering for winter courses during their initial registration time ticket, starting Monday, Sept. 11. 

For more information, visit the Winter Session website.

The inside scoop: Purdue's new ice cream

When Purdue President and ice cream enthusiast Mung Chiang requested a new Purdue ice cream flavor, Food Entrepreneurship Manufacturing Institute students in the Department of Food Science jumped at the chance. Read more

Student Spotlight: Ryan Daniels Shares How to ‘Level-Up’ Your Impact

Ryan Daniels, a junior studying film & video production, is all about taking that perfect shot. When she graduates from Purdue, she hopes to obtain a position in the sports production industry someday. When not in the classroom, Ryan is the vice president of operations for the Purdue Student Union Board (PSUB), a dean’s ambassador, the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) chair for the College of Liberal Arts, the treasurer for Purdue Student Productions, and participates in two choirs – Heart & Soul with Purdue Musical Organizations and the Black Voices of Inspiration with the Black Cultural Center. Read more.

Steps to Leaps Launches New Website - Take a Tour!

Steps to Leaps recently launched a new website to better showcase resources related to well-being and the Steps to Leaps learning pillars. The new website offers users multiple avenues to discover resources with new features, functionality and navigation.


A new or returning user can start their journey in a new way on the Steps to Leaps home page by identifying their need and being redirected to relevant resources. Users can choose from options including Improve My Well-Being; Help My Student; Facilitate a Workshop; See Success Stories; and Discover Research to immediately find content relevant to their interest. For example, a faculty or staff member interested in assisting a student may use the Help My Student link to immediately find resources they can refer students to. A similar option that caters to the unique needs of each user are audience pages for educators and leaders and for individuals looking for self-help. All of these options consider the unique needs of different users. Read more.

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 2023, Giant Leaps Home

Thousands of Purdue alumni returned to West Lafayette over Sept. 29-30 to relive campus memories — and make new ones with family and friends. From the homecoming parade on Friday night to the Class of 1973’s 50th reunion and a home football game between the Fighting Illini and the Boilermakers, take a look at some of the activities through this photo gallery.

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 2023

Division I -- Sunday, December 17, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Science
  • Polytechnic Institute
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Division II -- Sunday, December 17, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Engineering

Division III -- Sunday, December 17, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. ET

  • College of Education
  • College of Health & Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Daniels School of Business

Spring 2024

 Division I -- Friday May 10, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • College of Health & Human Sciences

Division II -- Friday, May 10, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • College of Education
  • Polytechnic Institute

Division III -- Friday, May 10, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. ET

  • College of Science

Division IV -- Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • College of Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Engineering Education
      • Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies
      • Multidisciplinary Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Materials Engineering

Division V -- Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Engineering
    • Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Environmental & Ecological Engineering

Division VI -- Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. ET

  • College of Engineering
    • Construction Engineering and Management
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Nuclear Engineering

 Division VII -- Sunday, May 12, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Daniels School of Business
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Division VIII -- Sunday, May 12, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Liberal Arts


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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