Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration

On behalf of the academic advisors in the Office of Student Services, welcome.  We are pleased you will be entering Purdue University this fall as a pre-pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences student.  We are confident your years at Purdue will be enjoyable and beneficial as you prepare to pursue a challenging and rewarding profession.  Although you are now busy wrapping up your high school days and preparing for graduation, it is also important to be thinking about your college career.

Preparing for your visit

To prepare for your visit, please complete the following four tasks:

  • Login to the myPurdue portal ( for STAR information and registration instructions.
  • Register for your STAR date via the myPurdue portal.  Please note that space is limited each day.  You may also revise your STAR date should your circumstances change.  Pharmacy STAR is June 13-24.
  • Take the ALEKS math assessment. Information about ALEKS is available at The assessment itself is online at
    It is mandatory that you complete the ALEKS assessment at least 72 hours prior to your STAR date, regardless of AP, IB, dual credit or transfer credit. Pre-pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences students must achieve a minimum of 75%. Failure to complete this test will result in registration delays and possible course unavailability. Results from the test are diagnostic in nature and will help to determine your readiness for enrollment in chemistry and calculus for the first semester.
  • In order to help us get to know you better and to have a quality advising session, complete the online Student Information Form in the MyPurdue "New Student" tab.
    The Student Information Form is due 72 hours prior to your STAR date.

Coming to STAR

When you come to campus for your STAR date, you should bring:

  • A government-issued Photo ID, such as drivers’ license, state ID or passport
  • Transfer students should bring a recent transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

During your visit

During your STAR visit, you should plan to accomplish the following:

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss career goals, academic plans and select your Fall courses
  • Register for Fall courses
  • Take a foreign language placement test, if applicable
  • Visit the residence halls
  • Get your Purdue ID card (“Student ID”), with your Purdue ID number (“PUID”).
  • Register for Boiler Gold Rush (“BGR”), Purdue's new-student orientation program, which runs the week before classes start.
  • Have fun!

Your STAR day will begin with a welcome session in one of the campus buildings. At the conclusion of the General University Welcome, you will be escorted to Room 172 of the Robert Heine Pharmacy Building (RHPH on your campus map) for the College of Pharmacy orientation. We look forward to meeting you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

For more information, contact Storie Pedley, Associate Director of Recruitment.

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