Campus departments invited to host open houses during Boiler Gold Rush

Last updated: May 31, 2023

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University departments are invited to host open houses during Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) to engage with the incoming class.

These open houses aim to provide campus offices with an opportunity to connect with new and transfer students before the fall semester begins, said Craig Johnson, director of Orientation Programs.

“We’ll have two time blocks available with unstructured time so students can come and go as they please,” Johnson said. “The goal is to give students a chance to visit with individuals and offices that align with their identities, needs, or communities students are looking to be a part of.”

Office representatives who would like to host an open house may fill out a survey to sign up during the following dates and times:

  • 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17
Open House Survey

The deadline to sign up to host an open house is 5 p.m. Friday, June 30. Please note that these events will be one of the many choices available to 8,000+ BGR participants and their 600 unique BGR groups. Because of this, Orientation Programs cannot predict attendance for any event hosted during these times.

pictured: students gather in purdue football stadium for bgr opening ceremonies

Pictured: Students gather in Ross-Ade Stadium for BGR opening ceremonies

As a reminder, BGR and Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) are Purdue’s welcome events for the incoming class.

BGRi provides information and tips to help new international students be successful at Purdue. BGRi participants will move in on Aug. 11, with BGRi programming from Aug. 12-14.

BGR participants will move in from Aug. 13-15, with BGR programming from Aug. 15-19.

BGR and BGRi registration is open now, and students can register through July 31 from their New Student Task List in myPurdue.

More information about the “All Aboard Purdue” orientation process can be found on the Orientation Timeline page.

Orientation Programs, part of Purdue’s Student Success Programs, has been communicating with incoming students and their families since March, and those messages (as well as past partner updates) can be found on the Orientation Programs website.

Individuals may also view a recording of Orientation Programs’ most recent in-person update on YouTube.

Purdue staff and faculty who would like to be added to the Orientation Programs campus partner mailing list can send a note to the program team

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