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Summer Start Next Steps

Summer Start is a five-week program (July 11  August 12) for new freshman with orientation from July 8 – July 10.

Many of the next steps for Summer Start students are the same as students admitted to begin in the fall. Click on each step for additional detail about your next steps to enroll at Purdue for the 2022 Summer Start session. In addition, information is available on the Summer Start website.


Student Carrer Account 

Set up your career account. In your admission offer “letter”, you will find your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and a career account setup password. You need these two pieces of information and your birthdate to activate your online career account through the account activation website. You will be prompted to set up a Boilerkey (two-factor authentication), which enhances the security of protected computer systems and personal data. For more information about Boilerkey please see this FAQ page.

Once you’re done, use that login information to log into your myPurdue online portal. This portal is where you will conduct all your business with the university from now on. So, bookmark it and get familiar with it!

Purdue Email 

During the account activation process, you’ll also set up your @purdue.edu email account. We’ll be sending important information to this address so get in the habit of checking this inbox regularly.

When you log in to your email for the first time, you'll be prompted to set up Microsoft's Multi-Factor Authentication, a tool Purdue uses to protect users by requiring a second form of authentication, in addition to a password, when signing into Office 365 applications. Options for authentication include using text messages, an audio phone call, or the Microsoft Authenticator App. When you set up the authentication method, be sure to sign up with a device you plan to use on campus. If you need to change your device or want to learn more, see the FAQ's.

Additionally, we recommend not forwarding your @purdue.edu email to your personal email. Emails from important Purdue offices get caught in your personal email spam filters.

If you would like a step-by-step tutorial on how to activate these accounts, you can view one here.

Accept your admission offer no later than May 1, 11:59 PM ET (or within 21 days for those admitted after April 10). A nonrefundable $500 deposit will be required to accept your offer. The deposit will be applied toward first-semester fees and the housing contract fee (if you contract with University Residences). 

Once you accept your offer, you’ll see the New Student Task List in your myPurdue online portal. This is where you can view announcements and check off all of your next steps to ensure a smooth transition to Purdue.

File the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for aid for Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023.

Students interested in on-campus housing in University Residences should visit the housing website for information about availability and contracting. Visit the off-campus housing website for information about area rental properties.

The on-campus housing contract is available via myPurdue to students who have accepted their admission offer. To increase your chances of receiving on-campus housing, you are encouraged to submit your contract by April 15. There is a short delay of approximately 2 days between the time you accept your offer and when you can access the housing contract in your myPurdue portal.  Therefore, accepting your offer by April 13 should ensure the contract is available to you by April 15.

The contract for University Residences will remain open until May 5; if you sign a contract after April 15, it is more likely you may be placed in non-traditional housing.

You are required to live on campus for the Summer Start session, as well as for the Fall and Spring terms of your first year.  You will also be automatically enrolled in the Summer Start Learning Community.  However, you may apply to other Learning Communities since there is no specific building assignment for Summer Start.  If you decide to preference a roommate, you may only preference someone who is participating in Summer Start or Early Start.  The deadline to sign the Summer Plus Housing Contract is May 5. Visit the Summer Start housing website to learn more. 

Prior to course registration, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to succeed in math. SAT and ACT math scores as well as Purdue's ALEKS math assessment are among the resources your academic advisor can use to determine whether you are academically prepared to succeed in the first math course required for your major's plan of study. The Math Department website provides information about the ACT, SAT or ALEKS scores necessary for placement in various math courses.

You may refer to the University Catalog to find your major's plan of study. If your ACT or SAT math score is not high enough for placement in your required math course, you may take the free, online ALEKS assessment (accessible via myPurdue prior to your registration period). Alternatively, you may take a Purdue math course for which your ACT or SAT score qualifies you and that serves as a prerequisite for your required math course.

Fee statements will be sent to your @purdue.edu email address and accessible through myPurdue.

VSTAR is step one in transitioning to Purdue. VSTAR is an online orientation that helps new beginners and transfer students in their transition to campus. This self-guided orientation module is located online in Brightspace, Purdue's learning management system. Students are automatically enrolled in VSTAR in May and after they accept their offer of admission.
BGR is an orientation program held the week before classes start in August. Purdue encourages all incoming students to take part. Students learn about campus traditions, Purdue culture and University resources, and take valuable steps in being part of the Purdue community. Students can find more information about BGR on their New Student Task List in myPurdue after accepting their admission offer. 

Get connected and be involved. Find out what's going on at Purdue via BoilerLinkView the academic calendar.

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