What to expect at STAR

What is STAR?

Purdue’s Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) program is designed to ease a student’s transition to life at the University. Attendance at STAR helps students connect with the University community, meet with those who will aid them in their academic career, and establish relationships that will be important to their success. Students, along with their guests, attend sessions and perform tasks to prepare for their academic experience.  

Students receive academic advising to create their initial academic plan and prioritize course selections. Later in the day, students submit their course requests and preferences, identifying alternatives for individual selections where appropriate. Once STAR concludes in mid-July and after placement test results and advanced placement (AP) credits post, Purdue will create course schedules for all STAR and VSTAR participants to meet the greatest possible number of student priorities. Additionally, students and their guests participate in other important activities such as:

  • Learn about degree requirements and what students’ respective colleges have to offer
  • Complete optional placement testing (e.g. foreign language, COM 114, etc.)
  • Explore additional student support options (such as cultural and resource centers)
  • Attend sessions about dining plans, residential life, tuition and payments, and more

Preparing for your visit

Note your check-in location on the campus map. Please remember to allow extra time for parking and walking. Check-in is from 7:15 to 8 a.m. EST.

  • Check email daily: This is the best way to stay informed about Purdue's STAR program!
  • Review the STAR schedule (available prior to your STAR date)
  • Upload photo for your student ID card: Go to the New Student Tab on myPurdue and follow the instructions to upload your photo. You will pick up your ID at check-in!
  • Print parking permit: Printable parking passes for free parking in designated garages will be available online in May 2018. 
    • Accessible parking: Spaces designated with the blue-and-white international accessiblity symbol are available to vehicles displaying the disability plate, decal, or placeard issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in addition to your STAR parking pass. Review the campus accessibility map before your arrival. 
  • Complete Student Information Form: Your advisor will use the information you share on this form, available on the myPurdue portal, to prepare for your first academic advising meeting.
  • Need to reschedule? If you need to change your STAR date, do so more than one week in advance of your scheduled arrival. You can make this change by visiting the myPurdue portal and clicking on "Select Your STAR Session" again. If you are within one week of arrival, contact the Student Success Programs office at studentsuccess@purdue.edu or 765-494-9328. If you show up on a day other than the scheduled date, your college/school may not be able to accommodate you.

Things you must bring: 

  • 10-digit Purdue Identification (PUID) number. Find it on your admission letter
  • Parking permit (available prior to your STAR date)
  • Government-issued photo ID (driver's license, state ID, passport or military ID), which you will need to show to receive your Purdue ID card
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Note-taking materials (optional)
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