Purdue acronyms

If you haven't noticed, Purdue has a number of acronyms. We have complied a list to help decipher common Purdue acronyms/terms.

  • AAMB: All-American Marching Band
  • BGR: Boiler Gold Rush - an optional (but highly regarded!) week-long orientation that begins on August 12 and runs through the start of classes. BGRi is our orientation for international students
  • CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services
  • CCO: Center for Career Opportunities
  • Co-Curricular Learning: Co-curricular refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in school—i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic curriculum. Co-curricular activities are typically, but not always, defined by their separation from academic courses.
  • CODO: Change of Degree Objective - changing majors
  • CoRec: France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center - the gym
  • DFA: Division of Financial Aid
  • DRC: Disability Resource Center
  • FYE: First Year Engineering
  • HICKS: Undergraduate Library (literally underground) outside of Stewart Center
  • HSSE: Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library (Pronounced: Hiss-see). A lot of libraries/building codes could be used on this, but HSSE is a campus landmark
  • ISS: International Students and Scholars
  • ITAP: Information Technology at Purdue - your student’s new best friend – assists students with University Technology issues
  • LC: Learning Communities
  • ODOS: Office of the Dean of Students
  • OPP: Office of Professional Practice, which manages our co-op program
  • PAA: Purdue Alumni Association (their student organization is PASE, Purdue Alumni Student Experience)
  • PFM: Purdue’s for Me - our admitted student event
  • PMO: Purdue Musical Organizations
  • PMU: Purdue Memorial Union
  • PUID: Purdue University ID number
  • PUDM: Purdue University Dance Marathon
  • PUSH: Purdue University Student Health Center
  • RA: Resident Assistant
  • REC: Resident Education Coordinator
  • SA: Study Abroad
  • VSTAR: Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration - A virtual experience for students designed for students to learn more about academic requirements for their college, meet virtually with an academic advisor to discusss/plan for course pre-registration

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