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. Be sure to allow extra time for parking and walking. Check-in is from 7 to 8 a.m. EDT.

    • Check email daily: This is the best way to stay informed about Purdue's STAR program!
    • Review your STAR schedule:
    • 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 STAR!
    • 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.
    • Complete online Immunization Form: All students will now submit their immunization dates entirely online instead of on paper. The link to the online immunization information form can be found at the Purdue University Student Health (PUSH) website
    • Need to reschedule? If you need to change your STAR date, you must 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 (please note that space is limited). 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.
Print parking permit 

If you plan to attend the June 11 STAR Transfer Day, print out the STAR Transfer Day parking permit to park in Wood Street Garage (PGW) for free.

All other attendees may print out the STAR parking permit, fill in their date of attendance, park in Ross Ade Stadium and place the pass on their dashboard in full view the day of their STAR session. 

Accessible parking: Spaces designated with the blue-and-white international accessiblity symbol are available to vehicles displaying the disability plate, decal, or placard issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in addition to your STAR parking pass. 

Things you must bring: 

  • 10-digit Purdue Identification (PUID) number. Find it on your admission letter
  • Parking permit (please print from section above)
  • 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 

Students with Disabilities

STAR gives us an opportunity to prioritize the following specific kinds of accommodations prior to class assignments.

Contact the DRC to schedule an appointment if you anticipate experiencing barriers related to:

  • Physical Access (stairs, desk, chairs, walking distances)
  • Course Materials (audio version, Braille, large font)
  • Timing of Classes (start time, end time, breaks, longer travel time)

The DRC needs to meet with you to establish accommodations related to the above, prior to class registration. This will aid your smooth transition to Purdue. Please schedule an appointment during your STAR day. This will be a 60-minute appointment. Call 765-494-1247 or email drc@purdue.edu

For students not requesting the above accommodations, the DRC will be hosting an informational “Welcome Room” during STAR. You will be able to ask questions, learn how we develop accommodations at Purdue, and schedule an appointment for a later date. We are located at 830 Young Hall, 155 S. Grant St., West Lafayette, IN 47907. Please visit the DRC website for more information. 

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