International students are not required to attend STAR. The following information will help you understand the Academic Advising and Registration process at Purdue.
Virtual Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR) is Purdue's online course for new undergraduate students who do not attend STAR. The course will help students learn about campus resources, how to use and navigate myPurdue, explain the ALEKS Math Assessment and provide the students with the information necessary to register for fall classes.
Program Dates: After you confirm your attendance at Purdue and pay your deposit, eligible students (International students and STAR exceptions) will be automatically enrolled in VSTAR. Early May 2014 students will receive an email message regarding instructions on how to access and complete this course.
Roles and Responsibilities: It is important that you understand your responsibilities and the roles of others who will assist you in this process.
a. Academic Advisor: Your advisor is assigned to you by your academic program and is the person who will provide you with guidance to help you decide which courses to select in your first term. You will receive contact information for your advisor after completing VSTAR.
b. Student: You as a student have the greatest responsibility in this process because you will register for your own courses! Please make sure you understand this. Your advisor will help you decide what you need but YOU will be the one to select courses and add them to your schedule.
The Process: Now that you understand roles and responsibilities, you are ready for the process that will follow.
Step 1: Early May 2014 you will receive an email with instructions on how to access and complete VSTAR.
Step 2: You will log on to Blackboard and complete the VSTAR course.
Within VSTAR you will:
- Complete the ALEKS Math Assessment. ALEKS is a 90-minute online mathematics assessment. It is required of all new undergraduate students.
- Learn expectations of a Purdue student, role of an advisor and resources around campus.
- Learn how to use the course registration system and other academic resources around campus.
- Learn about your major, what courses you will register for in the fall and how to communicate with your academic advisors to finalize your registration process.
Step 3: You will register for classes. Once your registration access period begins, sometime between June 16th and July 11th, 2014, you will access the course registration system through the myPurdue portal (https://mypurdue.purdue.edu) and select the courses that you want to take during your first semester at Purdue.