STAR Information

STAR (Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration) is Purdue's required orientation program for all incoming Purdue students. During STAR, students spend a full day at Purdue attending orientation sessions, meeting with their academic advisor, registering for semester classes, and getting ready to begin their academic career at Purdue.

During STAR, parents are welcome to participate in informational events while students will have the opportunity to take placement & advanced credit exams, interact with current Purdue Students, and ask any lingering questions about Purdue.

Students register for STAR online using the myPurdue portal.

Things to Consider:

  • Indiana weather is notorious for being unpredictable, so we recommend checking the National Weather Service forecast for West Lafayette before coming to Purdue.

  • Remember that West Lafayette, IN is on Eastern Time - the same time as New York, and one hour ahead of Chicago.

  • Construction update around West Lafayette and campus.

Further Information:

  • For more information regarding STAR at Purdue, click here.

  • If you have questions contact the Student Success programs office at (765) 494-9328.

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STAR Program Dates: June 10, 2019 (Early Start and Summer Start)

                                    June 13 - 14, June 17 - 19, June 24 - 28, and July 8 - 9. 

Transfer STAR Dates: July 12, 2019

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Pre-Attendance Checklist

  • Reserve a STAR date as indicated in the mailing you received.

  • All student must take the ALEKS math assessment test. Visit to take the test. Students MUST take this assessment BEFORE arriving for STAR. 

  • Plan on taking a foreign language placement test during your STAR date. If you intend to continue in the foreign language you studied in high school, you are required to take the placement test. The French, German, and Spanish tests take about thirty minutes. Latin, Japanese, and Russian tests take up to one hour. Students with college credit in a foreign language may not take a placement test in that language.

  • Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m., and the STAR program begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. ET 

  • If you have already established some college credit, have an official transcript sent from all institutions attended to the Office of Admissions at Purdue for a credit evaluation.

  • If you have a diagnosed disability and would like information on the services available, you should provide the appropriate documentation and schedule an appointment with the Disability Resource Center. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call (765) 494-1247.

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What to Bring

  • STAR confirmation materials, a campus map, and Purdue parking permit (mailed to students before their STAR date).

  • Purdue University ID number.

  • Government-issued Photo ID.

  • Medical History Form and Insurance Information Form you will receive from the Purdue Student Health Center (PUSH). You can hand-deliver the forms to PUSH or mail them there.

  • Results of College Board Advance Placement tests, if available.

  • Wear comfortable clothes/shoes.

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Meeting Your Advisor

Throughout their time at Purdue, each student is assigned an advisor who will mentor them and help them navigate classes, registration, internships, study abroad, and scheduling issues. Our advisors are knowledgable in the courses and plans of study necessary to propel students forward and help them acheive a successful college career.

Students and advisors meet for the first time during STAR orientation in order to select classes for the upcoming semester. During each semester, students will continue to meet with their advisor to schedule classes and ask any questions or seek advice.

Liberal Arts academic advisors can be contacted via phone & email, and are available to meet with students in person. To schedule a meeting with an advisor, go to the Liberal Arts Advising office in Beering Hall (BRNG) room 1114. Click here for the Liberal Arts advising directory.

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Selecting Your Courses

To feel fully prepared for STAR, students can take time to explore the course catalogue to get an idea of the classes they want to take. Students typically take 15-17 credits per semester and an example of a first-semester freshman schedule might look like this:

Sample First Semester Schedule

  • ENGL 10600 OR COM 11400 (3-4 credits)

  • Mathematics (3 credits)

  • Foreign Language (3 credits)

  • Core Requirement from the Liberal Arts Core Sheet (3 credits)

  • Introductory class for your major or minor (3 credits)

Searching Online for Courses

  • Go to myPurdue and then click on the "Registration" link at the top of the page.

  • Under the "Course Catalogue Resources" section, students can look at the course catalogue as well as the schedule of classes.

  • The course catalogue gives details about the courses offered by Purdue so that students can narrow down their interests and pick classes suited for them.

  • The schedule of classes allows students to see when the classes they want to take will be offered the following semester.

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How important is it to attend STAR?

STAR is mandatory for all incoming students.

What if I can't attend any of the STAR dates?

If you are unable to attend STAR, please contact the Student Success Programs office at (765) 494-9328.

How do I register for STAR?

Students register online using the myPurdue portal.

I've looked through all of the information about STAR, but I still have questions - what do I do?

Please call the College of Liberal Arts at (765) 494-3670.  We will be glad to answer your questions.

What's next?  Family Weekend is TBD

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