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Purdue Science welcomes near 900 new students


On Aug. 19, the College of Science welcomed 876 freshmen with a fun and informative new student orientation outside of the Mathematical Sciences Building and Haas Hall.

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New Student Orientation had some four-legged visitors, too.

Fresh from a week at Boiler Gold Rush, the students converged on the orientation to learn more about their departments, clubs and programs while completing a scavenger hunt put together by the Purdue Science Student Council. The new students had to shoot baskets, throw cornhole, play giant Jenga and many other activities to finish the hunt. Those that finished their cards got to put them in a drawing for fabulous Science swag.

The students were enthusiastic and ready to start their careers as Science students.

“I like creating things and I’m good at math so it’s the perfect major,” said Baris Dingil, a Computer Science freshman from Istanbul, Turkey. “I looked at the ranks. I looked at the city and I think Purdue is the best school that fits me.”

Once again, the Department of Computer Science brought in the most first-year students with 363 while Biological Sciences welcomed 210. The rest of the programs filled out like the following:

  • Chemistry – 76
  • Mathematics – 74
  • Physics and Astronomy -- 61
  • Actuarial Science – 43
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences – 24
  • Statistics – 19
  • Interdisciplinary Science -- 6

The future is bright with this new class of freshmen. Be on the watch for great things from these future scientists and mathematicians.

“I’m hoping to become a successful software engineer in the future,” said Harshdeep Singh, a Computer Science freshman from Chandigarh, India.

“Purdue was one of the only schools that had my major, Genetics, that I looked at,” said Olivia Cho, Edwardsville, Ill. “I suppose Purdue and I just clicked.”

Nicole Biddinger, a Biological Sciences senior and vice president of PSSC, recalled how important the New Student Orientation helped set the tone for her successful run at Purdue. She and her fellow PSSC students wanted to help make the new 876 welcome and pumped for their Purdue Science careers.

“We worked to create an experience for incoming students that helped foster that same excitement for their time in the College of Science and their first year at Purdue,” Biddinger stated.

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