New Graduate Student To-Do List


Welcome to Purdue!  We want to make sure you don't miss a thing as you transition into being a graduate student.  Please start completing the items listed below:

  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
  4. 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.
  5. 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).  You should update your emergency contact information and affirm your financial responsibility, to release holds put on your account by the graduate school.
  6. Access your PIN to register for classes, at  (Do not access your PIN off myPurdue.)
  7. Contact your Temporary Advisor/Major Professor for suggested courses. (can be done by email before arriving)
  8. Register for classes in myPurdue. Full-time status requires 8 hours of registration (12 hours, if you are funded) in spring and fall semesters (6 hours is considered full-time for summer).
  9. Bookmark the ME Graduate Office website.  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.  You should check it regularly, as any updates/notifications will be posted to the website.
  10. Check out Purdue Engineering social media sites.
  11. 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 during orientation. Click here for more details on how to complete RCR training.
  12. 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.
  13. Report to the Purdue ID Card Office to get your Purdue I.D. (Hovde Hall, ground floor, Room 14)
  14. Attend the Mechanical Engineering New Graduate Student Orientation meetings to be held the week of August 17.
    Official dates/times to be announced later.
  15. 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.
    Dates/times to be announced.  Please do not wear T-shirts or caps/hats!
  16. 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.)
  17. 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.

Let us know if you have any questions!


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