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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 upcoming 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 the Residence Halls?

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 CS Bridge Program will stay in one of the Residence Halls for the first week of Bridge and move to their permanent fall residence at the end of Week 1 of Bridge.

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. 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 a Residence 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 Residence Hall 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, after Week 1, we will have limited resources to assist you in transporting your belongings from the temporary Residence 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, or after Bridge has concluded.

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I do not plan to live in campus housing for the upcoming 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 for the Sunday that Bridge starts. Please remember that your one-week stay in the Residence Hall is temporary, and you will not be able to remain in campus housing after the first week. 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 Residence Hall 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 the Sunday after Week 1 of Bridge, 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.  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 date that Bridge starts, 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 the Residence Halls?

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, August 1st through Sunday, August 15th. The BGR meal plan starts with lunch on Monday, August 16th. 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 15th), 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 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, or is already available online at the start of Bridge. Hence, the computer environment for all Bridge assignments will be provided for the Bridge students on campus.

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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. 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 13, 2021, and Bridge participants will be in their permanent Fall 2021 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 16th and Tuesday, August 17th). Students may go home for the weekend after Bridge and return for Boiler Gold Rush move-in on Monday or Tuesday (this could change due to COVID restrictions).

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

Parking and move-in information will be emailed out to all participants who have opted to attend Bridge in-person.

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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 August 1st, 2021.  

We encourage all parents to say goodbye to their students on the 1st 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 the weekend after Week 1, 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, after Bridge has concluded.

 

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