College of Science PRE-STAR Tasks

The following tasks must be completed 7 days before your STAR date

TASK 1:  Determine your math placement

Math Placement is a critical factor in determining eligibility for your major coursework. You will work with your academic advisor to determine your first calculus course during your STAR advising and registration appointment.

Calculus courses require completion of one of the following prerequisites:

SAT or ACT scores. Go to the Math Placement Information page to review minimum scores to determine your calculus placement.

  • Calculus credit earned. Go to the Transfer Credit Guidelines page for information on transfer credit (college transfer, dual, or testing (i.e., AP or IB) and how it may post to your Purdue academic transcript.

  • ALEKS Placement Assessment. If you find that your SAT/ACT scores or transfer credit do not qualify you to start with Calculus I, you are strongly encouraged to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment to meet the Calculus I prerequisite. ALEKS assesses your algebra and trigonometry knowledge and provides test prep and learning modules to aid you. The Math Placement Information page lists minimum scores for mathematics courses.

TASK 2: Complete your Student Information Form (SIF)

Completion of the SIF, in its entirety, is required of all College of Science students and is an important opportunity to introduce yourself to your advisor. The information you share will help your advisors to prepare for your first advising appointment. Go to My Purdue – New Student Page – Student Information Form to complete your SIF.

Instructions: Complete each page before moving to the next page in the survey. Do not page through the survey as there will not be the opportunity to go back to the beginning. If an error occurs, please contact for assistance in re-setting your survey.

TASK 3: Enter your Emergency Contact & Financial Obligation Information 

IMPORTANT: The University will place a registration hold on your student account, and you will not be able to register for classes until you complete this task.

  • Go to My Purdue – Academics Page – Emergency Contacts and enter your Emergency Contact information.

  • Go to My Purdue – Bills and Payments Page – Acknowledge Your Financial Obligations and follow the prompts.

  • Click here for more information from the Registrar on how to release your holds.

TASK 4: Review possible Science Core options     

TASK 5: Make a list of subjects and courses that interest you

After reviewing Science Core Curriculum course options that interest you, make a list with several subjects and courses. Bring your list to your STAR appointment.

TASK 6: Mark your calendar to attend the College of Science New Student Orientation

College of Science (CoS) students are required to attend New Student Orientation on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 2-4 PM. The Welcome location is the breezeway of the Math Building. Grow your CoS pride, learn about your college, meet your peers, and have fun!

TASK 7: Check your Learning Community (LC) Information or Apply to Join a LC

  • You have until July 19, 2019 to apply to join a non-residential LC
  • You must have a LC application and housing contract to join a residential community. See this page for information on how to apply.

Question about your pre-STAR tasks? Contact for assistance.


Virtual STAR

If you have been approved a STAR attendance waiver and are enrolled in VSTAR, please carefully review the Purdue’s VSTAR page. Review all information contained in VSTAR. Failure to do so will delay our response to you and your registration process. Once you have completed your enrollment, you will be contacted by an advisor in the College of Science for advising and registration for your first semester.

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