More than 8,000 new Purdue students will participate in on-campus orientation programs

Last updated: August 1st, 2022

As Purdue prepares to welcome its newest Boilermakers to the West Lafayette campus, staff and faculty are encouraged to plan accordingly for heavier pedestrian and vehicular traffic during move-in days, as well as throughout orientation programming.

Students attending Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) will move into their University housing on Friday, Aug. 12; students participating in Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) will move into University housing from Aug. 14-16, Sunday through Tuesday. BGR/BGRi programming will follow the rest of the week. Move-in for returning students will begin on Aug. 19. Classes begin Aug. 22.

During move-in days, the central campus area will experience slightly heavier traffic that may cause delays or disruptions to normal business for those working on campus. The most-affected areas will include Cherry Lane between Northwestern Avenue and McCormick Road; U.S. 231 from Martin Jischke Drive to Airport Road; Stadium Avenue between Northwestern Avenue and McCormick Road; Third Street from Russell Street to McCormick Road and all side roads in the vicinity of residence halls.

Incoming students participate in the Boiler Gold Rush tradition of jumping over the railroad tracks, signifying their entrance into Purdue University.

Incoming students participate in the Boiler Gold Rush tradition of jumping over the railroad tracks, signifying their entrance into Purdue University.

BGR staff will be operating golf carts within the following boundaries: Cherry Lane to the North, Northwestern Avenue to the East, Harrison Street to the South, and McCormick Road to the West. Golf cart drivers have been instructed to avoid operating on sidewalks and bike paths; when no other route is available, carts must yield to pedestrians and bicyclists and obey all signage.

Several areas will be posted and enforced as no parking/tow away zones. Families will be instructed to park at the McCutcheon Parking Garage, North Cary Lot, Co-Rec ABC lot, and University Street Parking Garage. BGR/BGRi participants who are living off campus will check in for BGR/BGRi at the Co-Rec and may park there during the day throughout the orientation program.

More than 8,000 incoming Purdue students are expected to participate in BGR/BGRi. Throughout BGR/BGRi, students will be assigned to small groups of about 15 other students according to their residence. These small groups will conduct a variety of activities across campus, with the guidance of more than 650 current student volunteers.

Pedestrian traffic will likely be highest during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours, especially surrounding dining courts and the Purdue Memorial Union. Traffic is likely to be heavy around the Co-Rec from Aug. 14-16 as well, as the Co-Rec will serve as the centralized BGR/BGRi check-in location.

BGR participants ride in the back of the Boilermaker Special with their Team Leader

Boiler Gold Rush participants ride in the back of the Boilermaker Special with their BGR Team Leader.

BGR/BGRi programming is hosted by Orientation Programs, a unit within Student Success Programs. Dozens of additional on-campus units and local community organizations will also offer support and host events on various topics of interest throughout the week.

Students will access the BGR and BGRi schedules via the PurdueGuide mobile app. A high-level schedule will be posted on the BGR website before the program begins.

Additional information about Boiler Gold Rush is available on the Orientation Programs website. Follow Orientation Programs throughout the week on social media @allaboardpurdue. Those with immediate questions should contact Craig Johnson, director of orientation programs.

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Andrea Mattingly

Director of Communications for Student Success Programs, andrea@purdue.edu

 

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