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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I Qualify?

I have taken AP Computer Science A, do I still qualify for Bridge?

I have taken AP Computer Science Principles, do I still qualify for Bridge?

I'm not an admitted freshman at Purdue, can I still join Bridge?

I am an admitted freshman at Purdue, but I'm not a Computer Science or Data Science major, can I still join Bridge?


Housing and What to Pack

What items and amenities will be in the room where I will stay during Bridge?

Why can’t I just move into my permanent housing assignment?

I plan to remain on campus immediately after the end of Bridge. How/when will I move into my permanent Fall housing?

I do not plan to live in campus housing for the 2019-2020 academic year.  When will I move into my permanent housing?

I keep being asked about a move-in date for housing, what do I say?

Will there be internet access in Harrison?

What should I plan to bring for the two weeks of Bridge?

What attire should I plan to wear for Bridge?

Bridge Schedule and Supplies

How do meals work during Bridge?

How long am I in class during days of Bridge? 

What classroom supplies should I bring with me for Bridge?

What type of laptop should I bring?

What is the schedule like in the evenings and on the weekend?

 

Moving In and Out, Boiler Gold Rush and What About My Parents?

What should I plan to do between Bridge and Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)?

Where can I park when I move-in and move-out for Bridge?

Can my parents stay during Bridge?

 

I have taken AP Computer Science A, do I still qualify for Bridge?

The AP Computer Science A course provides a good base of knowledge with which to start CS 18000 (the first course in Computer Science and Data Science) and covers the key concepts that are taught in the CS Bridge Program. You may still apply to Bridge. However, our limited number of spaces are reserved for students with little or no programming experience, and therefore you more than likely will be wait-listed and/or denied admission.

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I have taken AP Computer Science Principles, do I still qualify for Bridge?

Yes!  AP Computer Science Principles does not teach software development using the Java language.  If this is your only introduction to Computer Science we highly recommend you apply to our Bridge Program.

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I'm not an admitted freshman at Purdue, can I still join Bridge?

The CS Bridge Program is for enrolled incoming freshman within the Computer Science and Data Science majors at Purdue. Therefore if you are not an incoming Purdue freshman, you do not qualify for this program. 

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I am an admitted freshman at Purdue, but I'm not a Computer Science or Data Science major, can I still join Bridge?

You may still apply to Bridge. However, priority is given to the incoming Computer Science and Data Science majors, and therefore you more than likely will be wait-listed and/or denied admission

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What items and amenities will be in the room where I will stay during Bridge?

Participants of the 2019 CS Bridge Program will stay in Harrison Residence Hall for the first week of Bridge and move to their permanent fall residence on Sunday, August 4th. You can view a description of Harrison Residence Hall here: https://www.housing.purdue.edu/Housing/Residences/Harrison/. All rooms house two students, so Bridge students must plan to have a roommate during Bridge (we will be assigning roommates). Linens, a light comforter, pillows, and towels will be provided to Bridge participants during the Bridge program; however, students will need to plan to bring their own bedding, pillows, and towels when moving into their permanent Fall housing assignment. Laundry, vending, and ice will also be available in Harrison. Laundry machines are operated by a student’s Boiler Express account. To set up your Boiler Express account, please visit this page:http://www.purdue.edu/business/card/. Students will also have access to Purdue’s Athletic and Recreational Facility (Co-Rec) during the Bridge program. You can find the summer hours for the Co-Rec on this page: http://www.purdue.edu/recsports/facilities/hours/index.php.

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Why can’t I just move into my permanent housing assignment?

The Bridge Program begins while Purdue’s summer courses are still in session and is not the only summer program running. Therefore, there are already students living in the residence halls on campus and may occupy your fall housing assignment.  The advantage to having everyone in the same residence hall at the beginning is that it builds community.  We want students to get to know their fellow Bridge classmates, and we know if you are spread out over campus through the various residence halls you will not have the benefit of living side-by-side with your fellow classmates and making friendships/connections that may last your entire college career if not beyond. 

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I plan to remain on campus immediately after the end of Bridge. How/when will I move into my permanent Fall housing?

If you plan to attend Bridge and then remain on campus until the beginning of the Fall semester, you are welcome to bring all of your belongings that you plan to have for the Fall semester. Please remember that your one-week stay in Harrison Hall is temporary. Do not bring large items (such as futons); and please only unpack what is absolutely necessary for you to have during Bridge. You are welcome to bring as much as you can fit into your Harrison Hall room (rooms contain two closets that are 8’ tall, 4’ wide, and 45” deep; remember there are two people per room). However, we encourage you to leave most of your belongings packed and stored during the Bridge program, and wait until you have arrived in your permanent Fall housing assignment to unpack these items. On Sunday, August 4th, we will have limited resources to assist you in transporting your belongings from Harrison Hall to your Fall housing assignment, and will not be able to move large items (such as futons). If students want parental help with large items or additional items for your permanent room, we encourage parents to return during your university scheduled move-in date of August 12th or 13th, not on August 4th.

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I do not plan to live in campus housing for the 2019-2020 academic year.  When will I move into my permanent housing?

If you plan to attend Bridge and then move off campus, you will need to start your off campus lease on August 4th, 2018. Please remember that your one-week stay in Harrison Hall is temporary, and you will not be able to remain in campus housing after August 4th. Do not bring large items (such as futons); and please only unpack what is absolutely necessary for you to have during Bridge. You are welcome to bring as much as you can fit into your Harrison Hall room (rooms contain two closets that are 8’ tall, 4’ wide, and 45” deep; remember there are two people per room). However, we encourage you to leave most of your belongings packed and stored during the Bridge program, and wait until you have arrived in your permanent Fall housing to unpack these items once. On Sunday, August 4th, you will need to provide your own accommodations to move off campus

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I keep being asked about a move-in date for housing, what do I say?

Do not ignore this email! Select a move-in date with housing for the start of BGR (August 12 & 13).  You do not need to move in at this time as we will have already moved you to permanent housing.  However, having this move-in time is crucial to help you move in any large furniture items, such as futons.  Having a move-in date will also help with scheduling any other amenities such as lofting beds, refrigerator rental move-ins, etc.  Do NOT choose the August 5th date, this could lead to you getting billed while we are already paying for your room.  

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Will there be internet access in Harrison?

Students will be able to login to the Purdue Air Link (PAL) Wi-Fi while living on campus during Bridge. In order to access the Wi-Fi, students must use their Purdue career account and password.

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What should I plan to bring for the two weeks of Bridge?

Students are encouraged to pack as light as possible, and to only bring what is necessary for the thirteen days of the Bridge program (clothing, class supplies, toiletries, light bedding, etc.). We understand some students who are not local to Purdue will be bringing all of their belongings for the entire school year. If this applies to you, please read the next bullet point. Otherwise, please plan to pack light, and to only bring the essentials for the extent of the Bridge program. 

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What attire should I plan to wear for Bridge?

Summer in Indiana can be very hot and humid. Bridge participants should pack comfortable summer clothes, as well as comfortable shoes for walking across campus and some rain gear (umbrella, light raincoat/poncho). During the second week of Bridge, students will be attending a mixer with our corporate partners. For this mixer, students should pack at least one outfit which is slightly more professional or business casual. Your outfit does not have to be overly dressy, but you should plan to look nice (i.e. no t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, etc.)

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How do meals work during Bridge?

As part of the registration fee, all meals and snacks will be provided to students between the beginning of Bridge on the evening of Sunday, July 28th through Sunday, August 11th. The BGR meal plan starts with lunch on Monday, August 12th. If you have not registered for BGR and have a campus meal plan, your meal plan will coincide with the beginning of classes. During Bridge, meals will often take place in the dining courts, but will occasionally be catered-in for speakers and different events, please make sure to follow the schedule you will receive during orientation so you do not run out of meal swipes. The Bridge program and Purdue University are prepared to serve students of any dietary needs or restrictions. Please visit http://www.housing.purdue.edu/menus to view daily dining court menus, and contact the Bridge Coordinator, csbridge@purdue.edu, with any questions about meals or dietary needs.

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How long am I in class during days of Bridge?

The Bridge class consists of 2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of lab every day, Monday through Friday, for a total of 6 hours of class time each day, and a 2 hour break for lunch. The 6 hours of class are divided between the morning and the afternoon, where students will be in class from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning, then again from 2:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon. On the final day of Bridge (Friday, August 9th), students will only have the morning session of class and will then adjourn to the closing luncheon in the afternoon.

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What classroom supplies should I bring with me for Bridge?

Students should bring some method to take notes during the Bridge class (Laptop, Tablet, Phone, or paper notebook and pen/pencil). Instructional materials for the 2019 Bridge program will largely be online resources and PowerPoint slides that students will have access to via the Bridge wiki page during the Bridge program. All assignments and coursework during Bridge will be completed on the computers in one of the CS computer labs. Hence, the computer environment for all Bridge assignments will be provided for the Bridge student.

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What type of laptop should I bring?

A laptop or tablet is not required for the Bridge class, nor for any Computer Science class at Purdue (although, most students choose to bring a laptop or tablet for their coursework). CS majors at Purdue have full access to our Windows or Linux computer labs in the Lawson Computer Science Building, and Bridge students will spend most of their time working in these labs during the Bridge program. Students are welcome to bring whatever laptop they are most comfortable using. Our Computer Science program is both PC and Mac friendly; and we do not endorse one over the other.

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What is the schedule like in the evenings and on the weekend?

Students will have a substantial amount of free time in the evenings of Bridge, as well as on the weekend (Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th). The Bridge Coordinator will schedule several social activities on many of the evenings, which students are encouraged to attend. However, on certain evenings, no events will be scheduled and students will be able to use their time as they see fit to study, socialize, explore campus, or relax.

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What should I plan to do between Bridge and Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)?

The Bridge program ends on Friday, August 9th, and Bridge participants will be in their permanent Fall 2019 housing and can use Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday to use as they see fit. This is a great time to get their room set-up before the beginning of Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) Move-in (on Monday, August 12th and Tuesday, August 13th). Students may go home for the weekend of the 10th and 11th and return for Boiler Gold Rush move-in on Monday or Tuesday.  

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Where can I park when I move-in and move-out for Bridge?

Harrison Hall is located at 107 MacArthur Drive, West Lafayette, IN. Check-in will begin at 2:00 pm EST on Sunday, July 28th. For move-in, students and families are welcome to parallel park on McCutcheon Drive immediately in front of McCutcheon Hall, or in the parking lot north of McCutcheon Hall between McCutcheon Hall and the McCutcheon Drive Parking Garage, or in the McCutcheon Drive Parking Garage. During the summer, visitors are welcome to park in any spot or lot reserved for “University Residences”. Check-in will take place at the main lobby in Harrison Hall. Carts and elevators will be available to assist you moving your items into your room. The opening dinner on Sunday, July 28th will take place in Earhart Dining Court, we will walk directly there from Harrison Hall after a brief welcome. The closing luncheon on Friday, August 9th will take place in the Lawson Commons with parking available in Grant Street Parking Garage.

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Can my parents stay during Bridge?

We do not encourage parents to stay at Purdue during the Bridge program, nor do we encourage students to reside off campus during the first week of Bridge. Students will be busy with their Bridge homework as well as they will be required to join activities during some evenings; Bridge is not setup as a day time only schedule. Visiting parents near campus during Bridge prevents students from taking full advantage of getting to know their fellow Bridge participants and being actively engaged during a critical period in their college experience. 

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Please note that move-in and parent involvement with Bridge will begin and conclude on July 28th.  

We encourage all parents to say goodbye to their students on the 28th so that students aren’t torn between trying to visit parents and their responsibilities for the Bridge Program.

If you are worried about the move on August 4th, don’t; we will all be helping each other with the move.  If students need parental help with large items or additional items for your permanent room, we encourage parents to return during university scheduled move in dates of August 12th & 13th, not on August 4th.

 

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