On-Campus Experience

Summer 2023 high school students enjoying a ride on the Boilermaker Special, the official mascot of Purdue University.

High school students selected to participate in a residential short-term course or a 4-week residential program will live in one of our on-campus residence halls. All participants will share a room with another high school student in the program. Students will have the ability to select their room and indicate roommate preferences. Please note: University Residences reserves the right to make adjustments to room assignments as necessary for consolidation or other purposes. More information about the specific residence hall will be shared via email by late Spring 2024. All students will be assigned a time to move into the residence hall the first day of their program between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

Linens for residential students will be provided. The linens include:

  • Fitted sheet
  • Blanket
  • Pillow with pillowcase
  • Towel
  • Washcloth

While on campus, you will enjoy meals in one of our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls. Students are required to eat their meals at the dining location they are assigned. If you have food allergies or special dietary needs, please refer to the Allergies and Nutrition website for more information. Students who participate in the 4-week residential program will receive 14 meal swipes per week, usually used for each lunch and dinner period. Students participating in a one-week program will have the following meal schedule:

  • Sunday: Dinner only
  • Monday through Thursday: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • Friday: Breakfast and Lunch only

All "fun-sized" course participants will be housed in Meredith South Residence Hall. During the academic year, Meredith South is an all-female community. For summer 2024, there will be separate floors for male students and female students. 

All 4-week program participants will stay in the Honors College Residence Halls

To help you navigate Purdue's campus and learn more about what it is like to be a Purdue student, you will be assigned to a peer mentor group. Peer mentors are current undergraduate Purdue students, and they serve as a program counselor and ambassador throughout your time on campus. Peer mentors are interviewed, selected, and trained by the Office of Summer and Winter Sesssion staff members. 

During your program, you may have opportunities to participate in beloved campus traditions, such as riding on the Boilermaker Special, doing a fountain run, and getting a Den Pop fountain drink.