Welcome All New 2023 Ag Pathway Students to Purdue Agriculture!

 On this page you'll find information necessary for you to transition to college life as a Pathway to Purdue Agriculture student. You will find five key sections in the page below: 

  • Contacts
  • First Steps / Already Completed
  • Next Steps
  • Before the Semester
  • Final Recommendations

Please read through each section carefully to ensure that you complete ALL of the necessary requirements and become familiar with resources and information that will be helpful in your first year of college and beyond. 

Anytime you have questions or issues as an Ag Pathway student, please contact these specific people listed below (not general departments). All of these staff members are very familiar and knowledgeable about the Pathway to Purdue Agriculture Program. Contacting general departments can often cause unnecessary confusion and complications. If you do not know who to contact for a specific question or issue, please contact Rusty Nelson (nelso365@purdue.edu) for assistance.

Purdue contacts
Phone Number
Pathway Program Rusty Nelson nelso365@purdue.edu  765-494-8205
Admissions Kathi Ferrero kferrero@purdue.edu   765-494-1776
Academic Advising Based on Intended Major at Purdue
Financial Aid/Bill Payment Michelle Fulk mfulk@purdue.edu  765-494-7575
Housing Kenny Seldomridge kseldomr@purdue.edu   765-496-0303


Pathway Program Kraig Bowers kbowers21@ivytech.edu 765-269-5327
Admissions Sara Certano scertano@ivytech.edu  765-269-5634
Academic Advising Kraig Bowers kbowers21@ivytech.edu 765-269-5327
Financial Aid/Bill Payment Dawn Lawless dlawless4@ivytech.edu 765-269-5314

Review and double-check that you haven't missed anything so far.

  • Completed FAFSA - Be sure that your FAFSA lists Ivy Tech AND Purdue. As an Ag Pathway student, your FAFSA needs to have BOTH institutions listed.
  • Activated myPurdue Account - MyPurdue is your student account at Purdue. Your Purdue ID (PUID) and Career Account Setup Password are required to activate your myPurdue account. If you do not know your PUID (9-digit number starting with 03) login to the Application Portal, open your Admission Decision Letter, and your PUID will be listed at the bottom of the letter.
  • Activated Office 365 Account - Review https://www.itap.purdue.edu/services/new-to-purdue.html; this webpage will help you get started and answer questions about Purdue information technology resources. 
    • How to Activate Your Career Account
    • How to Set Up Your @purdue.edu Career Account and Email
    • How to Check Your Purdue Email
    • Contact Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) for any Purdue Computer Technology Questions or Issues at itap@purdue.edu or by calling 765-494-4000.
  • Signed Housing Contract - Prior to signing the contract, please review it in its entirety. If you will be living in on-campus housing, you should be notified by University Residences via email about your housing assignment on/around July 15 (check your Purdue email!). At that time, you will find out your assigned housing location and contact information for your roommate.
  • Attended IvyPass on April 27.

What to do in May and June. Don't wait, do these steps as soon as possible.

  • Complete Purdue 101 (online orientation program) in Brightspace - Purdue 101 will open on TuesdayMay 2, (so, that is the earliest you can begin). You must complete your Purdue 101 no later than Tuesday, May 16 (but the sooner the better!). At the end, complete and submit your Student Information Form – SIF in Brightspace to certify that you have completed Purdue 101.
  • Set Up Your Purdue Email - Visit the link and follow instructions to set up your Purdue email. Contact ITaP for any Purdue questions or issues.
  • Schedule Ag Pathway New Student Appointment - After completing Purdue 101, you will get an email to schedule a time to meet with Rusty Nelson (nelso365@purdue.edu) via Zoom sometime before May 26 (check your Purdue email!). This appointment will be a time to ask any questions you may have about the program, getting started at Purdue, etc. Also, you will find out who your Purdue Academic Advisor will be during this appointment (you will receive their name and contact information).
  • Meet Purdue Academic Advisor - Academic advising appointments at Purdue typically begin around June 1. Your Purdue advising appointment will be when you find out the Purdue classes you will be taking your first semester at Purdue.
Note: All new Purdue students enrolling for next fall will receive their class schedules (classes/days/times/locations) on July 21 by 5:00PM (you will access your class schedule through myPurdue).

What to do sometime before classes start in August. 

REQUIRED: You must complete the steps listed below before the fall semester begins.
  • Complete New Student Task List in myPurdue - Note: How to get your PUID card will be included.
  • Begin Checking Purdue and Ivy Tech Email Accounts (On a Regular Basis)
  • Request Final, Official High School Transcript (Send Directly to admissions@purdue.edu) - Note: The transcript must include your Graduation Date.
  • Complete Purdue 102 (Opens June 16 in Brightspace: Deadline to complete is August 1)
  • Pay Purdue Tuition and Fees
  • Pay Tuition by the Due Date – Deadline for Fall 2023 tuition is August 21 - Note: If you will not be able to fully pay your Purdue tuition and fees until your financial aid is disbursed at Ivy Tech, you must contact Michelle Fulk directly in the Office of the Bursar at Purdue (mfulk@purdue.edu) before the semester begins.

OPTIONAL: It is highly recommended that you complete these steps before the fall semester begins.
  • Apply for Parking Permit on or around July 27 if you will need to park a vehicle on Purdue's campus.
    • If living on campus in University Residences (Hawkins Hall or the UR Boiler Apartments), you may apply for a parking permit to use at your housing unit.
    • If living off campus (at least 1.5 miles away from Purdue's campus), you may purchase a "C" parking permit.
    • If living in a Fraternity, Sorority, Cooperative House, or apartment within 1.5 miles of campus, it is your responsibility to secure parking through your housing selection.
  • Initiate Authorized User(s) (Authorized Users will not have access to your grades.) - Note: This is required for your parents or guardians to pay for all or part of your Purdue bill.
  • Contact Roommate (After you receive your housing placement on or around July 15.)
  • **Highly Recommended** Attend Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) from August 15-19. Note: Move-in for BGR participants is August 13-15
    • Register to attend BGR in myPurdue 
    • Submit BGR Fee Waiver Application on the New Student Task List in myPurdue
    • Pay $320 BGR program fee in myPurdue
    • Registration, application for Fee Waiver (if needed), and payment to attend BGR are due by July 31.
  • Become Familiar with Academic Calendars

  • Do a "Practice Run" - Sometime during the week before the semester begins:
    • Print your Ivy Tech and Purdue Class Schedules
    • Go to each class location
    • Find where you will park for each of your classes
    • Track how much time it takes to get to your classes (to be sure you will be on time!)
    • Tip: Be sure you have an umbrella with you whenever you are going to classes (you don't want to get caught out in the rain)!
  • "Put Yourself Out There" - On Friday, August 18, we will have our annual College of Agriculture New Student Welcome (ALL new Purdue Ag students are invited to attend!). This is a great time to meet Purdue Ag staff and other new Purdue Ag students. You will be notified through your Purdue email (so don't miss it!).
  • Ask for HELP - Please don't be afraid to ask for help! The College of Agriculture is full of faculty, staff, and students who are ready and willing to give help whenever needed (especially for any new students). However, the only way for anyone to know that you need help is for you to ASK for it. So, as you begin in this program, be assured that you are NOT expected to "have all the answers" and we ALL want you to succeed!

see you soon!!