Welcome to Purdue University! You are now embarking on an exciting, but challenging, journey. You may encounter many highs and lows over the next several years, but the experience of attending Purdue University will be well worth the trip!
You will soon learn that college is packed with tough classes, hours of studying, diverse extracurricular activities, and countless social opportunities. It is up to you to decide how you will approach the endless options available to you. You will ultimately need to determine what kind of experience you will have at Purdue. Some of you will have a tougher time than others adjusting to your new way of life - and that's okay. Purdue's faculty and staff want you to succeed and will work hard to help make that happen.
There are numerous offices and services available to you, many of which are highlighted in this New Student Handbook. Also, included in this guide are many important phone numbers, resources, and a section of "Frequently Asked Questions" to help ease your concerns. Additionally, we have included plenty of information about Purdue's lingo, athletics, and traditions to help you gain a sense of Purdue pride and give you an edge in feeling like a true Boilermaker. If you need additional resources, please visit www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess or feel free to call the Student Success at Purdue office at (765) 494-9328.
A world of opportunities and challenges lies before you. As you begin your journey today, we want to encourage you to ask a lot of questions and be open to the new people and new experiences you will encounter. Getting involved on campus and in the community, and working hard in the classroom, will result in a well-rounded academic and personal experience that will help you achieve a bright and prosperous future. Again, welcome to the Purdue family, and good luck!
Jared Tippets, Ph.D.
Director, Student Success at Purdue
CHECK IT OFF
This handy to-do list makes it easy for you to be organized and prepared for your first day of class on Monday, August 25, 2014.
GET DOWN TO BUSINESS.
Attend STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) to register for classes. More information on STAR can be found here
Don't forget hangers. Favorite photos. All the essentials. And bring at least one nice outfit.
SIGN UP FOR FUN.
Get ready and register for Purdue Orientation Programs. Everyone's doing it! More information can be found here.
Once at Purdue, meet your professors. Drop by during office hours. Send an email. Get to know them.
Purdue has the coolest traditions on the planet. Go on a fountain run. Hop on the Boilermaker Special. Learn the words to "Hail Purdue". Be part of the fun! Learn more here
With more than 900 organizations to join, you'll find something exactly right for you! Check out the B-Involved website
SAY SO LONG.
Plan a get-together with family and friends before heading to college. Those folks are going to miss you when you're gone. Truth is: You're going to miss them too.
GETTING STARTED - LET'S GO
Forget everything you know about Purdue. Because we can tell you that the next year will be like nothing you've imagined.
Your first-year Purdue experience begins with selecting your classes, meeting with advisors and setting your course. Then turn up the volume at BOILER GOLD RUSH. Where you meet literally thousands of new Boilermakers. And on your way to your first class, it feels great to see a familiar face.
No doubt there is a lot to know. That’s what this handbook is for — a nitty-gritty guide about Purdue. Where to catch a bus. Vacation breaks. How to pay your fees. Resources designed with your success in mind. This and your Mortar Board (a nifty planner Purdue students swear by) will be something you want in your backpack at all times.
Committing to Purdue is a huge first step, but it’s the decisions you make from this day onward that determine success. It’s more than just a college. It’s your life.
YOU OWN IT. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
THIS IS YOUR YEAR
These Dates will be your milestones so pay close attention. Know your academic dates as well as dates for fun.
Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi)
Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)
Labor Day (No Classes)
Last day for late registration (without a late fee)
Exam Schedule Begins
University Residences closed to residents not involved in commencement
University Residences open with no food service
Classes begin, meal service resumes
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes)
Last day for late registration (without a late fee)
Exam Schedule begins
University Residences closed to residents not involved in commencement
First 6-week module begins
4-week module begins
Memorial Day (no classes)
4-week module ends
8-week module begins
First 6-week module ends
Second 6-week module begins
Independence Holiday observed (no classes)
8-week module ends
Second 6-week module ends
RESOURCES - WIRED FOR SUCCESS
You have what it takes to succeed at Purdue. The proof? You got in. And here's more good news - you have a team of people and a range of resources just for you.
THE BIG 3
YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR
Their focus is on you and your goals. Academic advisors help you select your courses and work out a program of study. They are your go-to person for info you need about registration, electives, schedule revisions, changing majors and graduation requirements. If you're interested in a professional career (doctor, lawyer, chiropractor, etc.) check out the Center for Pre-Professional Advising. They have advice on everything from figuring out what credentials are needed to enter your field to applying for professional programs. Any questions you have — just ask.
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
Located on the ground floor of Hovde Hall, more information here
. The friendly team has a bowl of candy on the counter for you to enjoy as they assist you with:
- Academic scheduling
- Transcript requests
- Changes to student personal information
- Residency questions
- Enrollment verifications (e.g., for health or car insurance companies)
- Record encumbrances and grades
- Manage academic records
- Handle graduation/commencement
It all happens here. MyPurdue is a web portal that allows you to:
- Register for classes
- Get transcripts and class schedules
- Check and update your personal information
- Print grades
- Check and update your personal information
- Print grades
- Check financial aid information
- Pay Purdue bills and more
- Print tax forms (1099T)
Access the portal anytime at: https://mypurdue.purdue.edu
DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
The folks at Disability Resource Center help determine eligibility for academic adjustments and implement services for Purdue students with disabilities. Other services include:
Find more information here
- Testing accommodations adjustments
- Sign language interpreters
- Note-taking assistance and document conversion of print materials
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT PURDUE (ITAP)
Online services include Purdue computer-system user accounts, computing labs, wireless access and Blackboard Learn (a system for viewing and managing online course resources).Find more information here
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS
Here to help international undergraduate students with:
Find more information here
- International credit evaluation
- Immigration advising including employment authorization and travel endorsements for returning to Purdue after departing the U.S.
- Orienting programs
- Cultural and social programs
- Cross-cultural training
Overflowing with resoures. Libraries provide access to databases, e-journals, catalogs and research help through www.lib.purdue.edu
. Plus real live people point you to the right resources at 15 libraries on campus. During finals, they often keep the coffee on and offer energizing snacks. To find your favorite library visit this link
PURDUE EXTENDED CAMPUS
Interested in taking an online course? This is the place to go for help deciding which of the hundreds of available Distance Learning courses fit your plan of study best.Find more information here
SPAN PLAN ADULT STUDENT SERVICES PROGRAM
So you didn't come to college right after high school? No problem. There are plenty of resources designed for undergraduates who have taken a non-traditional path to higher education.Find more information here
STUDENT SUCCESS AT PURDUE
This is a fun (and smart) crowd. Student resources and programs created with your success in mind. Check out:
Find more information here
- Academic Success Center
- Boiler Gold Rush
- Learning Communities
- Purdue Promise
- Summer Transition, Advising and Registration
- Supplemental Instruction
- Twenty-first Century Scholars
- Non-Traditional Students
Purdue has an amazing study abroad program. All majors participate in more than 300 study abroad programs in more than 50 countries, with lengths ranging from a week to a year. Program costs vary, but many are comparable to studying at Purdue (excluding travel).Find more information here
Personal, free, one-on-one consultations to any student working on any project, in any stage of the writing process.Find more information here
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
See your academic advisor ASAP! If yours is not available, talk with another advisor in your academic area. There are deadlines for making schedule changes, and many are in the first or second week of classes. You will have to make the final changes yourself on myPurdue.
Career counseling is available to help you find your dream career. The team at the Center for Career Opportunities will work with you to discuss majors and provide info on grade and course requirements. Your academic advisor will help you with the Change Of Degree Objective (CODO) procedure. Pick up CODO forms at the Office of the Registrar.
Some do, some don't. But you're an adult now and professors will treat you like one. The effort you put in, including attending class, will be in direct correlation with your results.
Send your instructor an email. If it's serious, then contact the Office of the Dean of Students. They provide a list of student absences to professors. However, it doesn't explain the nature of the absence, so it's best to contact your professor.
A general guideline is about two hours of study time for every hour you spend in class. This is only a guide, you may have to spend more time for some classes and less for others.
Check out Purdue's amazing libraries. There are 15 to choose from. Lounge areas of the Purdue Memorial Union and Stewart Center. Memorial Mall on a sunny day. Quiet study rooms in residence halls. Find your best study place.
There are heaps of people ready to help. First, talk with your instructor. They all have regular office hours. Don’t be nervous; they want to help you. Some instructors hold help sessions which are a great resource for you to ask questions. You can also tap into old textbooks, past exams, and class notes, all of which make for great support.
If your class includes Supplemental Instruction (SI) — go. One hour of SI is equal to two hours studying. All free and open to everyone. Or check out Online Mentoring for Success (OMS), an online tutoring service led by students who have aced some of Purdue's toughest courses. Both are free and open to everyone.
No. By federal law, access to grades and other university records belong to the student. So the choice of whether or not to share your grades with your parents is all yours.
EXTRACURRICULARS - HAVE FUN
5 FAST WAYS TO MAKE FRIENDS
1 PURDUE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS
Student orientation week is full-on fun. Make tons of friends, find your way around and expand your horizons.
Check it out at this link
2 JOIN A CLUB
Purdue has more than 900 organizations. Students say that getting involved is the best way to make friends. Find exactly what you're looking for at www.purdue.edu/afterclass/b-involved
3 PLAY SPORTS
Get going and join intramural sports. Whatever level you play at there is a sports group for you. Ultimate Frisbee. Basketball. Quidditch. Soccer. Go have some fun! Visit this link
for more information.
4 HOME BASE
Every residence hall has a club. They're a blast! Well-organized, and best of all they're free. Trips to Chicago, Super Bowl parties and snacks plus coffee during exam season are some things you can expect. Grab your roommate and try something new!
5 BE BRAVE
Introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you. Stay up late, wake up early and take full advantage of every possible opportunity! The next 4 years will fly by, so make each moment count.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
You'll be calling Purdue home before you know it, and you have many choices of where to live on campus!
Clear favorite for first-year students. Utterly amazing food served at the dining courts. Lounges for recreation and study paired with a dedicated support staff. Your floor resident assistant (RA) organizes regular get-togethers creating a tight-knit community. Visit www.housing.purdue.edu
FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES
Purdue's Greek community is one of the largest in the nation. The focus is on achieving a balanced life based on four guiding principles: scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. Recruitment starts early fall semester.Visit purduegreeks.com
Great atmosphere paired with leadership skills, teamwork and an excellent way to save money on housing. Members pitch in with chores like cooking and cleaning. Recruitment starts early spring semester. Visit purduecooperatives.org
Purdue welcomes people from all over the globe and every walk of life. There are loads of resources and activities for everyone.
BLACK CULTURAL CENTER (BCC)
Beautiful building filled with eclectic programs and passionate students. Lectures, performances, a 20-station computer lab and a big resource library. Here you will find African American art, history and cultural understanding abound.Find more information here
DIVERSITY RESOURCE OFFICE (DRO)
Energetic and encouraging team brings together people and programs. Provides leadership to foster a cliamte that truly celebrates diversity and supports students.Find more information here
LATINO CULTURAL CENTER (LCC)
Vivid colors and a feeling of pride welcomes you the second you walk through the door. Bilingual staff transitions from English to Spanish with ease. Fully equipped with a study lounge, kitchen, and even a sand volleyball court. Don't miss free lunch Wednesday, hosted by various campus organizations.Find more information here
LESBIAN, GEY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUEER CENTER (LGBTQ)
Sound your voice, find support, and bring the campus together at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center (LGBTQ). The open and inclusive center works campus-wide to bring educational programming, support services, and inspiring events to all Purdue students. At Purdue we don't just embrace diversity - we celebrate it.Find more information here
NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER (NAECC)
For all tribal nations, NAECC provides a warm welcome and plenty of resources. Field trips, lectures and one very busy social calendar.Find more information here
Lafayette-West Lafayette area provides places of worship for many faiths, and there are many religious organizations on campus. As a state university, Purdue is not affiliated with any faith.Find more information here
WOMEN'S RESOURCE NETWORK
Empowering resource center provides a rich variety and abundant opportunities for women.Find more information here
If you need to find your way around campus, Purdue has online campus maps at: purdue.edu/campus_map
Additionally, we highly recommend that you download the Purdue app. It has valuable information and resources on it, including information such as maps etc.
BUS AND TAXI SERVICE
CityBus will take you around campus and throughout Lafayette-West Lafayette for free (just show your Purdue ID). The campus loops run regular routes around campus day and night. Visit www.gocitybus.com
for maps and schedules. Numerous taxi services also serve the area.
SMARTPHONE BUS APPS
There are several smartphone apps for Purdue students to keep track of the bus schedules on campus. Purdue's app has it's own section for bus schedules, and the app can be found here
PARKING ON CAMPUS
All parking areas on campus are restricted and require a permit. These areas are posted with signs indicating the restriction. Want to know whether you qualify for a permit and how to obtain one? Contact University Parking or visit www.purdue.edu/parking
The Lafayette-West Lafayette area offers Greyhound bus service; Amtrak train service; Lafayette Limousine
transportation to and from the Indianapolis International Airport; Express Air Coach
a shuttle service to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport; and rental car agencies.
Need a car for a quick trip? Get 24/7 access to Purdue Zipcars. Low hourly rate includes gas and insurance. Good for the environment. Cars conveniently located on campus. Learn more at zipcar.com/purdue.
HEAD TO TOE
Resource guide to optimize your mind and body.
FRANCE A. CÓRDOVA RECREATIONAL SPORTS CENTER (CREC)
The newly renovated Recreational Sports Center is open and with it comes your all-access pass to fitness paradise. Facilities include:
- Cardio machines
- Olympic-size swimming pool
- Climbing wall
- Jogging tracks
- Squash courts
- Island hot tub
See more at www.purdue.edu/recsports
PURDUE UNIVERSITY STUDENT HEALTH CENTER (PUSH)
Serves as the go-to place for health services on campus. Full-time students an see a doctor at the clinic for no charge. Part-time students and student spouses can visit on a fee-for-service basis. If it is an emergency or after hours, the Urgent Care facility is equippen to help you. Visit www.purdue.edu/push
to see their full range of services; call 765-494-1700 for general information or 765-494-1724 to reach Urgent Care.
PURDUE UNIVERSITY PHARMACY
Conveniently located right next door to the Health Center, Purdue Pharmacy fills your prescriptions at a nominal charge and is staffed by licensed pharmacists graduate student instructors and pharmacy students. Visit their website to learn more
COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (CAPS)
Offers confidential counseling to students. Many services are offered at no charge. At the initial consultation, a senior staff clinician will condict and assessment, determine the recommended course of treatment, and address services available to meet the student's needs. Visit www.purdue.edu/caps
to learn more or call 765-494-6995 to speak with someone directly.
LET'S TALK ABOUT ALCOHOL
And let’s talk about the law. Like everyone else in the state, Purdue students are subject to Indiana law. This means if you’re under the age of 21, it is illegal to drink or be in the possession of alcohol. Period.
However, student safety is of paramount importance. Purdue students will not face school discipline for illegally drinking alcohol if they seek medical attention while they are drunk or someone they help is drunk.
The medical amnesty policy is aimed at making sure those who are hurt while intoxicated or suffer from alcohol poisoning don’t hesitate to get help. The policy says that if you seek help, both you and the intoxicated student will be pardoned from the disciplinary sanctions that come with breaking both Indiana state law and University policies. Be sure to know all of Purdue’s policies on alcohol by reading “Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Policy Guide” at www.purdue.edu/aod
CONSEQUENCES OF ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS
If you choose to drink, it’s important to realize the impact that bad choices could have on your future goals:
- If you’re 18 or over and are charged with violating an alcohol law, you will always have an arrest record.
- Minor alcohol violations can impact certification or licensure in your fi eld, and even future employment opportunities at the company of your dreams.
- If you plan to attend graduate or professional school after you earn your Purdue degree, know this: Admissions offices often call the University to see if there are any conduct issues on students’ permanent records.
SIGNS OF ALCOHOL POISONING
Read through the information below so that you can get help for your friends if or when they need it: What to look for
What to do
- Person is unconscious or semiconscious and cannot be awakened.
- Cold, moist, pale or bluish skin.
- Slow, shallow breathing.
- Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting.
- Get help. Call 911 and inform your RA.
- Do not leave the person alone.
- Turn the victim on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
- Always follow “better safe than sorry.” Don’t let worries about being in trouble or paying the bill stop you from saving a life.
HAVE YOU TAKEN THIS COURSE?
AlcoholEdu is an online alcohol education course that all first-year students are expected to complete. The course takes around two hours (but don't worry, you don't have to do it all in one sitting) and teaches the facts about drinking. From what it means to black out to understanding the size of a standard drink, AlcoholEdu provides tips on what to do in different situations, so even if you don't choose to drink you can make the right decisions. See more at www.purdue.edu/alcoholedu
Purdue's smoke-free policy is designed to support a healthy campus and limit exposure to secondhand smoke, which has been determined unsafe at any level according to the EPA. As of July 1, 2010, smoking has not been permitted on campus except in a limited number of designated areas.
DIAL 911 IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY OF ANY KIND
PURDUE UNIVERSITY FIRE DEPARTMENT
In addition to providing fire protection to the Purdue community, the Purdue Fire Department has two Advanced Life Support ambulances that offer the highest level of pre-hospital care. All department staff members are trained to the hazardous materials technician level and are trained and certified in aircraft rescue and firefighting.
PURDUE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
765-494-8221 (non-emergency calls) www.purdue.edu/police
By state law, Purdue police officers act with the same authority as state, county and city police officers and are equipped to cope with emergencies and other problems on campus. Be aware of emergency telephone call boxes, yellow with a blue light on top, prominently located across campus. Purdue police headquarters answers within seconds when you open the call box door and push the button. In addition to performing normal law enforcement duties, patrolling the campus and enforcing traffic and parking regulations, the department conducts personal safety presentations and discussion groups.
765-494-SAFE (7233) Safe-Walk Website
Administered by the Purdue Police Department, this program provides a Purdue Student Security Patrol officer to walk students to their residences within the Safe-Walk zone. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND PLANNING OFFICE
Established in December 2006, this office oversees the emergency preparedness and planning activities on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Visit the office’s website for full details.
FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC NOTE
PAYING FOR PURDUE
Located in Hovde Hall, the Bursar’s Office processes financial aid refunds and handles invoicing and payments for tuition, fees and housing. Bursar contact information is listed in the Quick Resource Guide at the back of this booklet. Find out more at http://www.purdue.edu/bursar/
Financial planning is a vital part of getting a college education, and Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid (DFA) is available to help you throughout your time at the University. About three-fourths of all Purdue students receive some form of financial assistance, including scholarships, grants, loans and job opportunities. Most aid is based on financial need. Find out more at http://www.purdue.edu/dfa/
The Student Employment Services area in DFA maintains a centralized listing of current on-campus and off-campus part-time job listings available to students. Find out more at www.purdue.edu/dfa/studentjobs
Registered students —
Those who find it necessary to cancel their registration prior to the first day of classes will receive a 100% refund of all tuition and fees. International students —
Those considering withdrawal from the University should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) about non-immigrant status, because withdrawing will affect their legal stay in the United States. Non-Title IV Aid —
Students who withdraw during the first six weeks of a semester, with the recommendation of the registrar, will receive a partial refund of the general service fee and tuition. Title IV Aid —
Once classes begin, refunds are prorated based on the date of official withdrawal from class(es). Refunds are based on a diminishing scale through 60 percent of the semester. Refunds are calculated on all fees and tuition.
REMEMBER TO FILE YOUR FAFSA
If you want to apply for aid from federal sources, your state and Purdue, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually by March 1.
RAISE YOUR FINANCIAL IQ
Managing personal finances can be challenging, especially when college tuition is part of the mix. The websites www.purdue.edu/mymoney and www.cashcourse.org/purdue can help, with tools and information to help you manage debt wisely and stay informed of current financial issues.
DEAN OF STUDENTS
STUDENT SUPPORT. ADVOCACY. ENGAGEMENT. SUCCESS.
You can seek out personal, academic and career counseling — from professionally trained counselors — through the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS)
. The office also oversees areas such as Student Activities and Organizations and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. And it handles the issues covered below.
A first-semester student is placed on probation if his or her semester or graduation index is less than 1.5. Gradually increasing index levels are required of students as they progress toward graduation. A student ceases to be on probation at the end of the first subsequent semester in which he or she achieves semester and graduation indexes at least equal to those required for that student’s academic classification.
In general, a first-year student on scholastic probation will be dropped from the University if his or her graduation index is less than 1.4 or if he or she receives failing grades in six or more credit hours for the semester. To return to the University after a minimum of one semester away, a student who has been dropped must apply for readmission to the Committee on Scholastic Delinquencies and Readmissions through the Office of the Dean of Students. A fee is assessed for processing the readmission application. If the student is permitted to register again, he or she will do so on scholastic probation.
At the end of each semester, an undergraduate student will receive Semester Honors if he or she:
- has at least six credit hours in the semester index with a semester index of at least 3.5; and
- has at least a 2.0 graduation index.
The student will be eligible for the Dean’s List if he or she
- has at least six credit hours in the semester index with a semester index of at least 3.0; and
- has at least 12 credit hours in the graduation index with a graduation index of at least 3.5.
These academic regulations apply only during a regular semester. Students cannot earn scholastic honors, be placed on scholastic probation or be dropped from the University at the end of a summer session.
Students are expected to abide by local, state and federal laws as well as University regulations governing student conduct. Cheating; disruption of a University activity; theft; property damage; physical abuse; harassment; unauthorized use of University facilities; furnishing false information; or use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or dangerous drugs are some of the violations that could result in a student’s expulsion, suspension or disciplinary probation. If misconduct also violates the Indiana criminal code, prosecution, in addition to University disciplinary action, may follow. For more information, visit www.purdue.edu/univregs and click on “Student Conduct.”
A HANDY TRANSLATOR OF PURDUE TERMS