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Onboarding Guide

Account setup

As a new College of Science employee, you will be contacted by your IT representative with instructions and a temporary password to be used for setting up your Purdue career account. This will occur after your Business Office has submitted your employment paperwork to HR. You will proceed through the account setup page.

Further documentation about the account setup process, a full walk-through, and common troubleshooting suggestions is available from ITaP.


Purdue uses Microsoft Office365 for email services. During the account setup process you will be given the option to activate your email address. Once your mailbox has been created, you can access your email through the Outlook web portal, and you will login with your full Purdue email address ( and password.

Device configuration instructions for various email clients and mobile operating systems.


BoilerKey is Purdue's two-factor authentication system. You need BoilerKey to access certain protected computer resources including Purdue's VPN.


A VPN allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the internet. Purdue's VPN is required to access certain restricted Purdue services. You can get started using Purdue's VPN by visiting, and logging in with your Purdue username and BoilerKey combination (not password). This page will launch a wizard that will install and configure the VPN client.

Additional VPN documentation and troubleshooting steps.

Wireless internet

Purdue has several broadcast wireless networks: PAL3.0, eduroam, and attwifi.

  • PAL3.0 is the most common network found on campus. You can connect to it with your Purdue username and password. Further device specific information, settings, and troubleshooting steps.
  • Eduroam is a network broadcast at many research and education institutions, including Purdue. It allows students, researchers, and staff from participating institutions to easily obtain internet access across campus and when visiting other participating institutions. You can connect to it using your full Purdue email address and password. Further Eduroam information and device specific instructions.
  • Attwifi is a free network broadcast on campus for temporary guests. You can connect to it without any username or password. After connecting you must open a web browser and accept the terms of use before you will have full internet access. This network is not secured.


Here are instructions for connecting to College of Science printers. Printers in the College of Science follow a standard naming convention. The names begin with the four-letter abbreviation for the building where the printer is located, followed by the room number, and the abbreviation 'bw', 'co', or 'mfp'. A black and white printer is indicated by 'bw', 'co' indicates a color printer, and 'mfp' indicates a multi-function printer that has scanning or fax capabilities. For example, 'phys275mfp' is located in room 275 of the Physics building, and is a multi-function printer.

General Information and Policies

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