Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Virtual STAR Orientation

Welcome to Forestry and Natural Resources at purdue!

This page contains information for incoming students in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. We are excited you will be joining us this fall and we look forward to helping you pursue your next giant leap as a Purdue Boilermaker!

Contact Us

FNR Student Services 
715 Mitch Daniels Blvd., PFEN G003
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-3591


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VSTAR, students taking photo with John Purdue statue on campus.VSTAR stands for Virtual Student Transition, Advising, and Registration and is the first step of the orientation summer experience. VSTAR is your next step in building Purdue knowledge to further support your academic and social experience on campus.

Your journey starts here!

Forestry & Natural Resources advising team

Dr. Barny Dunning

Barny Dunning

Professor & Academic Advisor

Julie Pluimer

Julie Pluimer

Lead Academic Advisor


Jessica Valley

Senior Academic Advisor

Check Out the Resources Available

Forestry and Natural Resources Student VSTAR Resources Forestry and Natural Resources Plan of Study Resources  

Where Can a Purdue FNR Degree Take Me?

Our world-class expertise in forestry, wildlife, fisheries & aquatic sciences, natural resources social science, and interdisciplinary ecology is helping solve some of the most important natural resource problems around the globe.

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