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Parent & Family Connections has a HelpLine as a way for families to contact the department directly. Parent & Family Connections can be contacted by emailing or by calling (765) 496-0524. If you call and are unable to connect directly to a staff member, please leave us a detailed message (including where you are calling from) and we will return your call as soon as we are available.

Student Transition and Registration (VSTAR)

Purdue’s Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR) program is designed to ease a student’s transition to life at the University. VSTAR helps students begin to connect with the University community, meet with those who will aid them in their academic career, and establish relationships that will be important to their success. Students will attend virtual sessions and perform tasks to prepare for their Purdue experience. Once the necessary tasks are completed, students receive academic advising to create their initial academic plan and prioritize course selections. Students will then submit their course requests and preferences, identifying alternatives for individual selections where appropriate. In mid-July, Purdue will create course schedules for all VSTAR participants to meet the greatest possible number of student priorities.


We are excited to offer incoming families an opportunity to complete an online Boilergram to their new Boilermaker prior to the start of classes. What is a Boilergram? Well, it is a way to send a special message to your student. About a week before move-in, you will receive a link to the online form, then, a week or so into classes, we will send the message to your student. Want to send your own message? A list of on-campus mailing addresses can be found here.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend, held each year during a Purdue home football game weekend, gives you the opportunity to visit your student on campus while engaging in events and activities. The dates for Family Weekend is announced each year in late spring. Once available, information on registering for events is sent to subscribers to the Parent & Family monthly newsletter and posted on the Parent & Family Facebook Page.

Parent & Family Volunteer Network

This network is designed to give parents and family members a meaningful and enjoyable way to become more active in the Purdue community. By participating in the Parent & Family Volunteer Network you become more connected to the Boilermaker community, meet other parents, and contribute to student success. Volunteer opportunities range from a one-time commitment to several great opportunities throughout the year, with various, flexible options.

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