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December 2023 Newsletter

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Purdue Parent & Family Connections announces Spring Family Weekend Events

Purdue Parent & Family Connections is pleased to announce registration for our inaugural Spring Family Weekend is now open! Spring Family Weekend is a brand-new opportunity for our families to connect. We strive to welcome as many families as possible to campus to enjoy spending time with their Boilermaker. Fall Family Weekend dates are constrained by the home football schedule and we hope this new Family Weekend will give you an opportunity to enjoy campus in the springtime.  

We hope you will join us on April 12-14, 2024 as we celebrate the 10th year of Parent & Family Connections at Purdue while enjoying time with your Boilermaker. 

Purdue celebrates first-generation college students during national First-Gen Week

Purdue’s second annual Proud to Be F1RST! reception was one of several events during First-Gen College Student Celebration Week. In alignment with the national celebration, Purdue’s events lauded the strengths embodied by the first-generation college student community. Read more.

Purdue Family Videos 

Families received an invitation to view Purdue Parent & Family Connections video series - titled Purdue Family Videos. The premiere video released Thursday, October 26th titled - Coaching students to prepare for exams and the second video - Connecting Boilermakers to Purdue's Community of Care, can both be viewed on the Purdue Parent & Family Connections YouTube channel. 

For Your Student - Spring 2024 Level Up Your Academic Success


The Helen Bass Williams Academic Success Center (ASC) would like to announce the dates for their Spring 2024, Level Up Your Academic Success workshop series. Level Up is a 4-part series recommended for students on academic notice or facing an academic setback. Each session takes place in the ASC (WILY C215) and begins at 5:30 p.m. By registering for this series, students are agreeing to attend all 4 sessions. Please see the dates and description below-

  • Session #1 - Tuesday, January 16
  • Session #2 – Thursday, January 18
  • Session #3 – Tuesday, January 23
  • Session #4 – Thursday, January 25

Academics not working out as your student planned? Do they recognize previous mistakes made and challenges they faced? Are they looking to take their success a level up? Sounds like they are ready for a comeback.

Failing, in some way, is a common experience among college students; but it’s what we do with this failure that can make all the difference.

Level Up your Academic Success is a 4-part series that engages in self-reflection, addresses previous academic challenges, and develops a plan to move forward. This series is recommended for students on academic grade probation or students looking to overcome academic setbacks. Level up provides a unique opportunity to create community through the interaction of a continuous group of participants. The 90-minute sessions create a “table” for success through activities regarding goal setting, personal responsibility, self-management, and positive affirmations. The first 60 minutes of each session will be dedicated to new content and group activities. The last 30 minutes is for the student! Use this independent work time to practice strategies, complete handouts or focus their attention to schoolwork. It’s a new semester…let’s plan your comeback.

Registration is required for this series. Register here.

Boilermaker Persistence Through Art

The Boilermaker statue outside Ross-Ade. The Unfinished Block P. You may know these iconic pieces of Boilermaker art, but do you know their backstory? Join us for a campus art tour to go behind the scenes.  

Purdue art that's larger than life

Art saturates Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Everywhere you turn, you will find fountains and statues, sculptures and paintings, that all celebrate Boilermakers and their accomplishments. Some of them, however, stand above the rest — literally. Join us as we take a tour of some of the biggest, boldest and most eye-catching pieces at Purdue. Read more

Purdue students’ international education opportunities abound abroad

When it comes to study abroad opportunities, Purdue students have no shortage of choices. From adventurous spring break study tours and semester-long sessions to immersive internships and cooperative education programs, Purdue offers Boilermakers hundreds of unique ways to embark on fulfilling experiences while broadening the horizons of their knowledge. Read more.

Science enabling heat and air conditioning for long-term space habitats is almost fully available

To live on the moon or Mars, humans will need heat and air conditioning that can operate long term in reduced gravity and temperatures hundreds of degrees above or below what we experience on Earth.

Building these systems requires knowing how reduced gravity affects boiling and condensation, which all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems use to operate in Earth’s gravity.

A Purdue University experiment that arrived Aug. 4 to the International Space Station aims to collect data scientists need to answer decades-old questions about how boiling and condensation work in reduced gravity. 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!

Student Spotlight: Andrew Eichenmeier on Using Purdue’s Opportunities Today to Be a Better Leader Tomorrow

Andrew Eichenmeier, a senior studying political science, has just a little time left to decide what his next steps will be after graduation. He enjoyed working for a government defense contracting agency last summer, just finished applying for a fellowship in Indianapolis and is waiting for his LSAT results. Andrew certainly understands and values the education and opportunities that he has been given at Purdue to help prepare him for his next giant leap – whatever that may be. Read more.

Information for 1098T from the Office of the Bursar

Here is some Important Information regarding form 1098-T and Education Tax Credits.

I hope this message finds you well. As part of our commitment to keeping you informed, we would like to provide important details regarding the Form 1098-T, a document that may have implications for federal education tax credits.

Form 1098-T Overview: Box 1 of the Form 1098-T represents the amount of Qualified Tuition & Related Expenses (QTRE) paid during the year at Purdue University.

Education Tax Credits: Depending on your student's income, enrollment status, and qualified educational expenses, they may be eligible for federal education tax credits. Detailed information about claiming these credits is available on the IRS website, publication 970

Completing IRS Form 8863: The dollar amounts reported on the Form 1098-T may be essential for completing IRS Form 8863, used to calculate education tax credits for your tax return.

Important Deadlines: Please be aware that due to the Winter Recess, any mailed payments, including 529s, must be received in our office by December 21st to be processed and included on the 2023 Form 1098-T. Payments made online electronically and posted by December 31, 2023, will be included.

Tax Advice Disclaimer: While Purdue University cannot provide individual tax advice, we recommend seeking the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser should you have specific questions.

Form 1098-T Sample: For your general reference, a blank sample of the 2023 Form 1098-T, which you will receive electronically via the student account in January 2024, is provided below. Additional resources about Form 1098-T are available on the Office of the Bursar website.


For more information and additional resources about Form 1098-T, visit the Office of the Bursar website.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We appreciate your ongoing partnership in your student's education journey.

Best regards,
Office of the Bursar

Winter Session Registration Open

Winter Session courses are filling up fast! This is your student's opportunity to earn THREE credits in just THREE weeks from Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, to Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.  

Winter Session is an ideal time to earn THREE credits in three weeks towards graduation, lighten your spring course schedule, and complete academic requirements, such as a second major or minor.

Students may register for one Winter Session course. No classes will be offered on campus. The Winter 2023 schedule of classes is available in your student's myPurdue portal. 

 For more information, visit the Winter Session website or email questions to 

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


December 9, classes end

December 11-16, final exams

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

December 16-17, Winter Commencement

January 8, classes/term begins

February 2, last day to apply to graduate/declare candidacy

March 11-16, spring break

April 27, classes end

April 29-May 4, final exams

May 4, term ends

May 10-12, Spring Commencement

2023-2024 Academic Calendar


Note - Purdue University offices will be closed beginning at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21 - January 1 for winter recess. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

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