Student Success Programs

Eight interconnected departments that help Purdue students arrive, thrive and graduate on time.

Student Success Programs empower students to embrace a sense of lifelong learning by providing nationally-recognized, student-centered college success initiatives and services. The department’s various interconnected programs assist students in progressive stages of development; and have as their ultimate goals an increased rate of student degree completion, future employment or study, dedicated citizenship, and responsible leadership in the state, nation and world.

Academic Success Center

Through partnership with the Purdue community, the Academic Success Center (ASC) provides undergraduate students with both credit and noncredit opportunities to develop students’ transferable academic skills, enhance learning, increase retention, and improve overall student success at multiple stages of their academic journey.

Disability Resource Center

Purdue University is committed to inclusion and access. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the campus department designated by the University to ensure universal access to University classes, programs and activities for students with disabilities. By using an interactive process, the DRC facilitates access either through determining a reasonable accommodation or by redesigning aspects of a University experience. The DRC also promotes an informed and inclusive campus environment that actively addresses individual and institutional barriers.


The mission of Horizons, Purdue's Federal TRIO Program, is to assist students in developing academic, social, and personal skills through holistic services including tutoring, faculty mentoring, peer mentoring, career development, academic support, cultural enrichment, and access to global experiences.

Orientation and Transition

Purdue Orientation Programs facilitate the transition of new and transfer undergraduate students by preparing them to be academically successful, educating them on their responsibilities, and guiding their integration into campus culture. Programs include STAR (Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration), STAR Transfer Day, BGR (Boiler Gold Rush), and BGR International.

Purdue Promise

Purdue Promise seeks to minimize barriers to success and provide individualized care and coaching to retain and graduate Indiana 21st Century Scholars, as well as prepare them to navigate life after college. The organization aspires to match or exceed success rates of the Purdue undergraduate population, as well as the demographic sub-populations scholars represent.

Supplemental Instruction

The University's Supplemental Instruction (SI) program develops academic support communities of higher-level thinkers and self-empowered learners within challenging courses. This self-selecting, peer-led program seeks to promote active, collaborative learning involving critical thinking and transferable study skills.

Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services

Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services offers an array of support services for nontraditional undergraduate students at Purdue University. The program, based on the belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor, provides services that positively impact the personal, academic, and career success of students who have children, are financially emancipated, married, or have been out of school for two or more years.

Purdue Testing Center

The Purdue Testing Center offers a variety of testing services to Purdue students, ranging from career and personality assessments to several national exams. The Testing Center oversees and administers some Purdue-sponsored advanced credit exams, as well as other applicable tests for Purdue credit.

Veterans Success Center

Purdue's Veterans Success Center engages students, faculty, staff, and the community to provide a comprehensive suite of wrap-around services for the University's veteran students. The term "veteran" student includes; benefit and non- benefit using veterans and members of the military, as well as benefit-using family members.

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