Incoming Student Check-List

Before Arriving on Campus:

  1. Make sure you have your Purdue Career Account set up (it will ask for your 10 digit PUID number, which is found on your admission letter).
  2. *Students funded by Purdue (research/teaching assistantship or fellowship)* Complete hire paperwork in SuccessFactors.  You will not receive a paycheck until this is done.
  3. *Students with outside funding (funded by home country or institution, employer, or outside fellowship)* Submit copy of funding letter to Civil Engineering Business Office.  You may also need to make payment arrangements with the Bursar (
  4. Personal arrangements such as finding housing, setting up utilities and familiarizing yourself with campus and the community.

Once you are on-campus:

  1. Attend Civil Engineering Welcome Week. Schedule can be found at:
  2. *International students* Schedule a check-in session with International Students and Scholars (ISS). Bring all immigration documents with you: I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa and I-94 arrival record.  You should know your local address and have emergency contact information with you.  You will not be permitted to get your Purdue ID card or enroll in courses unless you have completed this check-in with ISS.
  3. Obtain your Purdue Identification Card (PUID)In order to get your Purdue ID card, you must be able to provide your Purdue University identification (PUID) number or your Purdue email address and a valid government-issued photo ID. In addition, we require you to submit a photo online before you can pick up your ID.  Please note that ID card information is processed on a daily basis and our office requires one day to receive information after it is originally submitted to the Purdue system. Our office is unable to produce ID cards before they are in our system. Furthermore, any informational or processing errors — such as an incorrect spelling, PUID number or card type — must be corrected within the source system.  The Purdue ID Card can be picked up once you:
    • Upload a photo on the Photo Submission site 1 business day before
    • Book an appointment to pick up your Purdue ID Card.
    • Be enrolled for classes
    • Bring a government-issued ID such as driver’s license, state-issued ID, military ID or passport.
    • Bring your Purdue ID number or Purdue email address (this can be found on your mypurdue)

    International Students must have completed their SEVIS Compliance form with the International Students and Scholars office (ISS).

  4. Fulfill the State of Indiana’s immunization requirements. Information can be found at:
  5. Update your contact information upon moving. Visit myPurdue ( and go to "Personal Information" under "Quick Links" on the left side of the screen. More information about myPurdue is available in the Welcome Packet.
  6. Sign up for health insurance. University regulations state that International Students and Graduate Staff students with benefit eligible assistantships must have health insurance. Benefit eligible Graduate Staff students have the opportunity to sign up for health insurance in the first few weeks after arrival on campus. International students must purchase the University sponsored plan unless you qualify for a limited waiver. See the Grad Student Insurance Web page for more complete information. Domestic students not on an assistantship or eligible for benefits are encouraged, but not required to have health insurance.
  7. Complete any admission requirements set by the Graduate School.  These are usually submission of final transcripts and diploma.  These original documents should be presented to the Graduate School in Young Hall, room 45.  Any admission requirements will be listed in your admission letter.