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What to expect during STAR

STAR (Summer Transition Advising and Registration) is Purdue's summer program that helps new students receive academic advice and create an initial course schedule. Daily agendas and registration instructions are available on the Student Success at Purdue website.

STAR will include information about student life at Purdue (University orientation) and both students and parents will have a chance to attend an orientation session presented by the First-Year Engineering Advising staff. The First-Year Engineering orientation will cover such topics as:  Expectations for the day, the First-Year Engineering plan of study, information about the utilization of the First-Year Engineering Advising Office, incoming credit (AP/IB/A Level/Dual and transfer credit), how to utilize the Scheduling Assistant.  After the orientation session, students will meet one-on-one with a First-Year Engineering Advisor, or an advisor from one of the professional Engineering schools, to determine which courses a student might take during their fall semester and to discuss any other relevant questions the student may present.


At least one week prior to a student’s STAR day, the student will receive (via their Purdue email), their STAR advising appointment time. Students will have a half-hour, one-on-one, advising appointment with an Advisor (Engineering Honors students will have a 45-minute meeting). In this meeting, the advisor will go over the First-Year Engineering plan of study and assist the student in making a decisions about courses for the fall semester. A typical schedule for students who are calculus-ready and who have no AP credit includes four courses: ENGR 13100 (or ENGR 13300 and EPCS 11100-Epics Learning Community courses), Calculus I (either MA 16100 or MA 16500), Chemistry 11500, and a communications foundational outcome course (usually either ENGL 10600 or COM 11400). The advisor will work with the student to determine if this typical schedule is the best fit for the student, and will also assist in helping the student decide about other course opportunities, including the ENGR 10300, ENGR 18000, ENGR 19400 seminars, or other courses such as Band and ROTC.

Also, students will have an opportunity to talk with the advisor about any AP credit earned, or may be expecting (if you do not yet have your AP scores). The advisor can help in determining what scores count for Purdue credit.  The decision to utilize, or decline usage of, credit will be entirely up to the student and should be decided prior to the advising appointment.  Advisors will, however, will entertain any questions the student may have regarding AP/IB/A Level/ Dual credit/transfer credit and how it will effect a student’s registration.


Purdue students request classes online using the Scheduling Assistant (a computer based tool utilized at Purdue). During your advising appointment, you will receive a registration PIN.  The registration PIN is required to access the Scheduling Assistant.   During a student’s STAR date, a student’s ability to utilize the scheduling assistant will be open until 11:59 pm on the day the student attends STAR. After the student’s day of STAR, the registration ticket will be closed until the end of the four weeks of STAR.


First-Year Engineering students are assigned to an advisor.  Students will receive the name and business card of their assigned advisor during STAR. If students have questions after their STAR day, they may contact their advisor through email. 

Last Updated November 8, 2018