Newly Admitted Student Checklist

  1. Accept Admission to Purdue University Calumet

    1. You should have already emailed us with your intention of coming into the Honors College. But have you completed your Purdue Calumet Acceptance?
    2. Click on the following link to take you to a short 30 second form confirming your acceptance to Purdue Calumet. 
    3. You will need your Purdue Student ID (PUID). If you do not know it, reply back and we will email it to you.

  2. You will be contacted via email by a current Honors Student who will be your peer mentor

    1. They will be your student guide and resource here in the Honors College.
    2. You can ask this student any questions you want, they are there to help you in any way that they can! Plus, they will be able to give you a perspective of not only a student on campus at Purdue Calumet, but as an Honors student as well. 
    3. This mentor will be contacting you throughout your semester here (this Summer and into the Fall semester). After that, you can feel free to contact them on your own if you have any other questions or concerns that you have.

  3. Schedule and take your Math Placement Test (ALEKS)

    1. ALEKS is an online math placement assessment, which means that you may take it from any location – home, library, Testing Services Center – anywhere you’re most comfortable. Most incoming students will need to take ALEKS to determine appropriate math course placement. This is an important assessment, one you should take seriously in order to determine accurate course placement based on your math skill. You will have three attempts within a six-week time frame, with your last score used for placement.
    2. To begin taking the ALEKS test, log in to the portal using the career login provided in your admission letter. Link to the Portal ( You may be required to set up or change your portal login password. If you are having issues logging in to the PUC Portal, please contact the Customer Service Center at 219-989-2888, option #2. They can troubleshoot any portal sign-in issues via phone.
      1. ALEKS is located on the “Enrollment Services / PC Star” tab in the myPUC portal, at the top of the page
      2. On the right side of the page, click the link provided to go to the ALEKS assessment
      3. A brief tutorial in ALEKS will show you how to use the answer input tools
      4. Once the tutorial is complete, you can begin the ALEKS assessment
      5. You should plan to spend about 90 minutes to complete the assessment; however, you may want to set aside two hours, just to be safe
    3. ALEKS assesses your current math knowledge by asking a series of free response questions, and the questions you get are based on your answers to previous questions. No two tests will be alike! Plan to take the ALEKS math placement assessment as soon as possible after admission to the university.
    4. The cost for ALEKS is $25.00, payable upon linking to the ALEKS website from the portal. A credit or debit card will be needed to pay for ALEKS.
    5. Once the online assessment is complete, you will be redirected to the webpage for registering for an upcoming New Student Orientation date.

  4. Enroll in New Student Orientation (NSO for short)

    1. You can enroll in New Student Orientation
    2. Once you have enrolled in NSO, you will receive a confirmation email with the date and time. You may be asked to complete additional tasks in this email.
    3. The cost for NSO is $30.00, which must be paid before attending NSO. You can pay online via the Payment Options Tab on myPUC by following these steps:
      1. Log into myPUC
      2. Click the “Enrollment Services” Tab
      3. Click “Pay My Bill”
      4. Click “Online Payment System”
      5. Click “Make a Payment” (under Current Account Status)
      6. Click “Pay” (under Action)

  5. While at NSO… Have your Advisor enroll you in Honors 100 (HONR 10000)

    1. It is a requirement that all incoming Honors Students take the freshman year experience course for Honors. Even if you are not a freshman, this course teaches you about the program and how to be successful throughout your academic career.
    2. There are two sections for Honors 100. Please choose one to be enrolled in. Your advisor can enroll you in this course at NSO, or John and I will help enroll you in this course after NSO.
      1. Honors 10000 01 — CRN: 35178 — Tuesdays / Thursdays from 9:30am – 10:50am
      2. Honors 10000 02 — CRN: 37060 — Mondays / Wednesdays from 8:00am – 9:20am

  6. While at NSO… Have your Advisor enroll you in Honors Communication (COM 11400)

    1. The Honors College offers an Honors only section, where the class is made up of entirely other Honors students. Though it is not a requirement to take the Honors section, I strongly encourage you to take it.
    2. It is a great opportunity to take care of your Purdue Calumet requirement, while also taking another Honors course (as an FYI… you will need to take 7 honors courses total to graduate with honors).
    3. There is one section for Honors COM11400. Your advisor can enroll you in this course at NSO, or John and I will help enroll you in this course after NSO.
      1. COM 11400 06 — CRN: 30727 — Mondays / Wednesdays from 2:00pm – 3:20pm

  7. Confirm / Accept any Scholarships that you are receiving

    1. Some scholarships require you to formally accept them before they can be dispersed to your account. To see if you have any that need to be formally accepted, complete the following steps:
      1. Log into MyPUC using your username and new password that you used at New Student Orientation.
      2. Click on “Enrollment Services” at the top of the page.
      3. On the left side of the screen, click on the link “Financial Aid Awards,”
      4. Select the student aid year, and click submit.
      5. Review your information, and accept the awards that you wish to accept.
    2. If you have any questions or are not seeing a scholarship you believe you have been awarded, please contact Financial Aid by going to Lawshe 130 during business hours. Be sure to bring your Student ID with you.
    3. If you are being awarded the Honors scholarship, you should see one of your awards as listed “Honors Student Scholarship.” Remember, the amount is $1,500 PER SEMESTER for in-state students, and $2,000 PER SEMESTER for out-of-state students. Dependents of university employees will receive $750 per semester. If you do not see this scholarship, or if you have any questions about it, please contact us right away to have it resolved.

  8. Pay for your classes

    1. Once you have been enrolled in the correct classes and have accepted your scholarships and/or loan amounts, you are now ready to pay for the remaining amount for your classes. The Office of Financial Aid & Student Accounts ( states that the Fall of 2014 payment deadline is August 7th, but be sure to check with Financial Aid about this! Failing to pay by the deadline will result in all of your classes being removed from your schedule.
    2. You can pay for your classes in person, by phone, or online. For more information on paying your tuition, click on this link.

  9. Get your books for class

    1. With your class schedule in hand, you can now purchase books online to be shipped to you or to be delivered to the on-campus bookstore to be picked up. To begin, follow these steps:
      1. Click on this link to be taken to the Bookstore
      2. Under the “Books” menu-bar, select Textbooks & Course Materials
      3. Select your Program (typically Calumet Campus)
      4. Select your current semester
      5. Under the following drop down selections (Department, Course, and Section), choose the one that applies for your specific class. For example it could be Department is MGMT, Section 10100 (Intro to Business), and Section 1.
      6. Once you’ve selected the correct course and section, click Submit.
    2. You now know what books are required or suggested for that section. You may be able to choose between new, used, e-book, or even renting (cheaper, but you must return the book). The books list their ISBN number, and you can use that number to look up the same book on Amazon,, chegg, etc. Try to find the best deals out there, but be careful; sometimes there are items you need in the package (such as a code or CD) that the bookstore offers but other sites may not. Once you have added all your items to your cart and have purchased from other sites what you need, you can then pay for it, select a shipping option, and wait for your books to arrive! You are just about ready to begin your first semester at college!

  10. Save the Date for our Honors New Student Orientation (different than regular NSO)

    1. The date for this year’s Honors NSO is Friday, August 22nd, from around 10-4pm (We will solidify the times and locations in the coming weeks)
    2. This is a mandatory meeting that all incoming Honors Students will attend. Here, you will meet your new classmates in the HONR 100 class, as well as the student leaders, the instructors for your course, the Program Coordinator, and the Director. This will be an informal meeting which will include lunch, a discussion of program information and requirements, activities, and plenty of time for your questions to get answered. An email will be sent out later to confirm your attendance.
    3. Your parents will also be invited to this orientation. We want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable and understands the overview of the Honors College as best as possible.

  11. Ask us any and all questions that you have about PUC or the Honors College

    1. Here are our emails for you to utilize at any time with questions or concerns.
      1. Honors Program Email:
      2. Brandon Rukes, Program Coordinator Email:
      3. John Rowan, Director Email: