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1: Pre-Arrival Homework

You will receive an email from Student Success outlining pre-arrival homework that should be completed prior to the beginning of your first semester. This homework is important to a successful transition to Purdue and should be taken seriously as part of your academic success plan.

To complete your Pre-Arrival Homework, Log into Blackboard. There you will find a series of assignments to help in your transition.

Pre-Arrival Topics Include:

  • Growth Mindset and Self-Advocacy
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Campus Safety, Health and Wellness
  • Academic Success and Expectations
  • Diversity and Intercultural Awareness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Campus Technology
  • Information Literacy and Library Research
  • Freedom of Expression


Please complete your STRENGTHS Assessment. This is an important tool in your personal and professional development plan. Once completed, you will find your Insights Report in the myStrengths portal at the following website.

 Your report will contain your top 5 of 34 Strengths. Take time to review your report, which contains talents that you have developed into your greatest strengths. These strengths support your overall success in life and your academic, personal and professional successes. Gallup provides additional online resources. Additionally, you will find a document below that shows you how your Strengths can be applied in your education. This is a great tool to add to your Purdue success plan.

Applying Talents in Academics

Task 2: Course schedule

You will soon have your Fall 2019 schedule! Schedule notices will start going out after 5 pm Thursday July 18th. Please watch your Purdue email for your notice. 

  • WARNING – DO NOT make schedule changes without contacting your advisor for a recommendation and approval of a schedule change.
    • DON’T change your schedule based on the day and time of a course. If you drop a course, you are not guaranteed to re-register the course if another course becomes unavailable as you are making a change.
    • DON’T change a course that was an alternate to a preferred course without contacting your advisor for a recommendation. If space is available in a preferred course, your advisor will instruct you on how to change your schedule.
    • DO contact your advisor for a schedule change if you did not get a critical course for your major or your registration is under 12 credits. Your advisor will review your schedule and provide the best option for adding a course.

Advisors will be answering e-mails with immediate scheduling concerns starting July 19, 2019. If you receive an out-of-office response from your advisor, send your email to and an advisor will help you. Please include your Name, Student ID and reason for your email.

If you have read the above warning, have discussed a change with your advisor via e-mail, and have a schedule change recommendation, follow the directions below to change your schedule.

Be very careful when dropping a critical or major course as the space you drop will be available to other students. If the space becomes unavailable, this could result in the inability to take a course that is required for degree progression. The University, in this case, is not obligated to provide you with another space in the course.

Many classes have “linked sections”.  This means you have a “lecture” (it may be online) and then you have other sections that are “linked” or attached to that specific lecture.  These might be labs, recitations (smaller classes that are a part of the big lecture), or others.  Only one of the sections will have credits showing, the others will say 0 credits.  They are all part of the same class and mandatory.  You cannot drop one.


After receiving your schedule notice e-mail from the Registrar, you can view your schedule by following the instructions below:

  • Go to and log in.
  • Select the “ACADEMICS” tab on the top black ribbon
  • Select “My Courses” to review your Fall 2019 courses.
  • Select “Week-At-A-Glance” to view your courses in a grid format. Choose 8/19/2019 to view your fall schedule.
    • This view will show you your courses in a grid view for that week. Please note: you could have courses that have a section or component that does not meet every week. It is important to view both MY COURSES and the WEEK AT A GLANCE.


Students are assigned a time ticket and PIN to enter the registration system to make schedule changes. All undergraduates can make schedule changes starting July 19, 2019, using the following time ticket:

  • July 19, 2019 – August 23, 2019: students may add and drop courses without assistance.
  • August 26, 2019 – August 30, 2019 – students may drop a course without assistance. Adding a course will require a FORM 23 and advisor signature.
  • September 2, 2019 forward – a FORM 23 with signatures will be required to make schedule changes.

Registration PIN:

To locate your registration PIN follow your advisor's instructions, which will be sent to your Purdue email address.

  • Schedule Change OPTION 1: (recommended) MyPurdue – Add or Drop Classes  
    • Review the document below, Student Registration Tips for Fall 2019, for detailed instructions on how to add or drop a class using MyPurdue. This document also shows you how to determine if a class is full.         
    • REGISTRATION TIPS - document
  • Schedule Change OPTION 2: Scheduling Assistant

Task 3: Textbooks/Course Materials

Textbooks and course materials may be ordered online or purchased at a bookstore. Early ordering may provide you with greater access to used book options, which can result a significant cost savings.

  • Go to 
  • Login with your Career Account Information
  • Select the “REGISTRATION” tab on the top black ribbon
  • Click on the “MY TEXTBOOKS” link within the Registration Information block 

Task 4: Get to Know Your Campus Resources

Take the time to explore campus resources that will be vital in achieving your goals at Purdue University. A Purdue education is rewarding but rigorous. Build resources into your success plan before you need them. Remember, Science is a team sport – don’t go it alone!

Academic Advising
Your academic advisor is your most important campus resource for information and support of your personal, academic and career goals. Make this relationship the center of your academic success plan.

Resources for Undergraduates 

Vice Provost for Student Life Resources
Well-being, Support Services, Student Arts, Academic Support 

Clubs and Organizations 

Student Success Programs  

Academic Success Center 

Resources for Academic Support

Lafayette Community Resources

Task 5: Attend the College of Science Student Welcome

Join over 1300 new College of Science students August 16, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm for the College Welcome. Faculty and Advisors will be there to connect with you and answer questions. Your Purdue Science Student Council has a great event waiting for you! Can’t wait to meet you there!

Task 6: Get Ready for the Best Four Years of Your Life!

Make the decision now to take advantage of everything a Purdue University experience has to offer you. There will be more opportunity than can be experienced – engage the moment you hit campus! Choose well the curricular and extracurricular activities that will move you to your personal, academic and career goals. Let your faculty and academic advisors be strong allies and guides.

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Student Advising Office: (765) 494-1771, Fax: (765) 496-3015 • Science IT, (765) 494-4488

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