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New Purdue students arrive for Boiler Gold Rush

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Nearly 5,300 new students will arrive Saturday (Aug. 15) at Purdue for Boiler Gold Rush, a weeklong student orientation program that includes presentations, international student check-ins, a University Resource Fair, and welcome lunches and dinners.

New students and incoming freshmen cross the tracks at Boiler Gold Rush (Photo via Purdue University)

New students and incoming freshmen cross the tracks at Boiler Gold Rush (Photo via Purdue University)

“Boiler Gold Rush provides new freshmen and transfer students with an opportunity to learn about Purdue’s array of resources, make connections with faculty and staff, make friends and get to know the campus,” said Andrew Koch, director of Student Access, Transition and Success Programs, the department that coordinates Boiler Gold Rush. “Research shows that students who attend Boiler Gold Rush have significantly higher retention rates than those who opt out of the program.”

Purdue President France A. Córdova will address new students at an opening ceremony, which starts at 9 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 16) at the Elliott Hall of Music.

All freshmen and transfers who plan on living on-campus and are participating in Boiler Gold Rush will move into university residence halls over the weekend, said Barbara Frazee, executive director of University Residences. The remaining residents, including freshmen who did not participate in Boiler Gold Rush, will move in Aug. 17–23, she said.

Boiler Gold Rush events include:

  • Boilermaker Basics, 10:15-11 a.m. Monday (Aug. 17) at the Slayter Center will give students an overview of Purdue’s athletic traditions, including the “All-American” Marching Band, Purdue Pete and cheerleaders. If it rains, the event will be moved to the Elliott Hall of Music.
  • FreeZONE presentation, 2:25-3:20 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 18) at the Elliott Hall of Music is a student-written and performed theatrical session about diversity at Purdue.
  • Purdue 101: How to be a successful Purdue student, 2-2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 19) at the Elliott Hall of Music is a session with Marcy Towns, associate professor of chemistry, and Mick La Lopa, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management.
  • University Resource Fair, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 19), is at the South Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union. Resources include Study Abroad, Diversity Resource Office, Women’s Resource Office, Student Employment, Purdue Libraries and others.
  • Student groups will discuss themes in “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner,” the University’s Common Reading selection, from 4-5 p.m. Aug. 19 at various campus locations.

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