New Graduate Student To-Do List

Welcome to Purdue!  We want to make sure you have all necessary accounts and accesses with Purdue established before the start of classes, so you can focus on pursuing your educational goals. Please start completing the items listed below (although some things may not be able to be completed until closer to the start of the semester):

  1. Set up your Purdue Career Account (it will ask for your 10-digit PUID number, which is found on your admission letter).  You will use your career account to access myPurdue, Brightspace, and other portals.  (Questions on your Purdue career account should be directed to our IT department,
  2. Set up your Boiler Key, starting with initial set-up and following the instructions.  If you need assistance, contact  You will need your Boiler Key, which provides two-factor identification, to access myPurdue, Brightspace, etc.  (Questions on Boiler Key should be directed to
  3. Your Purdue email address is made up from your Purdue career account username.  The best way to access your Purdue email is through Office 365, which is free to Purdue students.  You are expected to use your Purdue email when communicating with offices, advisors, professors, teaching assistants, etc. at Purdue.  You should check your Purdue email frequently, as that is the only way you’ll receive notifications from Purdue. (Questions on your Purdue email should be directed to Please note that Purdue requires Microsoft multi-factor authentication be set-up for all University email accounts.  Please see for information on how to set this up. 
  4. There is a blog that exists just for you, Purdue ME grad students! Subscribe to the blog now, so that you can receive email notification of new postings on a regular basis. All seminar invitations, job opportunities, new course offerings, and other important but non-policy/procedure notifications, will be posted to the blog to eliminate extra emails to you. The ME Grad Blog will also contain the dates/times/links to the virtual open office hours that the ME Grad Office holds, in addition to other meetings, including the ‘How to Navigate Grad School in ME’ and the ‘Plan of Study’ meetings, which all new students should attend.  You can also choose to subscribe to certain categories, so you get notified with new announcements the instant they post. When subscribing, if you don’t receive a confirmation email, check your spam folder as it may go there first.  Once you confirm your subscription, email summaries should come into your regular Purdue email account and not your spam folder.
  5. As part of your Purdue Office 365 account, you have 1 TB of space on OneDrive.  You can use this to store course-related files and documents, and access them anywhere you have internet access.  To access OneDrive, log into Office 365 with your Purdue career account and password, and click OneDrive. (If you are ever ‘out’ for a semester, you will lose access to this, so please make sure to back up your information elsewhere.)
  6. myPurdue is the system you’ll use to update your personal information, see your current courses and transcript, register for courses, pay your tuition and fees manage any financial aid, and draft and submit your plan of study (POS, see #22 below). It is not the system you use to retrieve your registration PIN.
  7. You should update your emergency contact information and affirm your financial responsibility, to release holds put on your account by the graduate school. These 2 holds are put on your account each semester, so please remember to address them in the future.  Please make sure your official transcript copies have been provided to the grad school.  Transcripts submitted with the application are not considered official copies...  please see If you have other holds on your account, you’ll need to contact the department that placed the holds to address removal of the hold.  Some holds affect registration, while others don’t.
  8. All new students, including online students, are required to complete the Respect Boundaries: Sexual Violence Awareness Program.  This will be available on your Brightspace account about two weeks before the semester starts.  For more information, see
  9. Please see required immunizations for enrolled students, to make sure you’ll be in compliance before arriving on campus. 
  10. All ME Graduate Students are required to complete online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) certification before arriving on campus, and submit your completion certificate to both AND On-campus students will also be required to participate in an in-person RCR seminar(s) during orientation, or in workshops offered by the Grad School (2 hrs required), and email the completion certificate to
    Click here for more details on how to complete RCR training.
    Click here for Grad School workshops that meet the in-person requirement (required of all on-campus grad students)
  11. See the Registration page for information on how to remove holds, retrieve your registration PIN, review courses offered, register for various courses including research, etc. Please remember that funded students need to register full-time each semester, and research-based students need to register for research every semester.   (Please note regarding your registration PIN: the PIN database is uploaded the day before registration opens for that semester, and then updated every week afterwards, on Fridays.  If you try to access your PIN and are told that you are not found in the system, please wait until after Friday to try again.  If at that time, you can’t retrieve your PIN, please email Please be aware that some set up goes on behind the scenes after you accept admission, and it may take a week or two before everything is done and you can register. If you are unable to register two weeks after you accepted admission, please email Sheri Tague
  12. Bookmark the ME Graduate Office website. This is a valuable resource! You should become familiar with what is on the website as it will answer a lot of your questions and guide you through a lot of processes, and is available to you 24/7, so you may find answers quicker than an email to the Grad Office.  You should check it regularly, as any updates/notifications will be posted to the website.
  13. Check out Purdue Engineering social media sites.
  14. Get involved with OMEGA (ME’s Grad Student Organization)!
  15. Practice the Purdue Fight Song (Hail Purdue!) 😊
  16. International Students Only – Arrive and check in with International Students and Scholars (ISS).  You must sign up for a WOW! session on-line.  You should have received an email with a link to sign up.  THIS IS REQUIRED.  You will not be issued a Purdue ID card until you attend a WOW! Session.
  17. Read and be familiar with the Protect Purdue website and Protect Purdue Ambassador Program.  You will need to make sure you’ve followed the steps to be cleared to be on campus.  You’ll also find information on what to do if you are sick while on campus, etc.  (If you opted in for fully online classes, you still need to update your contact information within myPurdue.)
  18. When on campus, report to the Purdue ID Card Office to get your Purdue I.D. (Hovde Hall, ground floor, Room 14)
  19. Attend the Mechanical Engineering New Graduate Student Orientation meetings to be held the week before classes start. Official dates/times will be announced on the ME Grad website's Orientation page. Attendance at the in-person Orientation will also be counted toward meeting your RCR in-field requirement.
  20. Have your photo taken by Mike Black! Take advantage of this free service to get a professional headshot, for use in job hunting and academic publicity. Please do not wear T-shirts or caps/hats! Photo opportunities will be offered August 15-19, 8:30-10:00am and 1:30-3:00pm daily in room 2042; no appointment necessary.
  21. Remember, is the email address for the grad office.  Please send your questions and submissions to this address, not to individual staffers, as it is monitored by everyone in the office, which allows the first available to respond to you.  We will get back to you as quickly as possible, but depending on the time of year, please allow up to 5 days for a response.  (We highly recommend you don’t wait until it’s close to a deadline to email us a question, concern, or submission, related to that deadline.) Also, remember that you are now a ME Grad Student, so you should contact the ME Grad Office, not the Grad School, for assistance.
  22. Tuition is due, in full, by 4pm on the first day of classes, unless other arrangements have been made with the Bursar’s Office (Ways to pay Tuition and Fees).  If your employer is paying your tuition, information can be found on the Sponsored Billing and Payment page. For other questions related to tuition/fees, paying tuition, or financial aid, see the Purdue Bursar website.
  23. While you can start thinking about what courses you plan to take to meet degree requirements, do not worry about creating your official plan of study (POS) until the semester is underway. The POS generator isn’t available to new students until about the 3rd week of classes.  Your POS should be submitted before the 6th week of classes, so it has time to make it through approvals before the semester ends. POS also needs to be submitted before your registration PIN for the following semester will be released. Check the ME Grad Blog for the POS meeting that will be held by the Graduate Office during the 2nd week of the semester. This is a great time for insight on completing your POS, but also to ask questions.

Let us know if you have any questions!


ME Graduate Office
585 Purdue Mall (Room 1003)
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-5730