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Congratulations! We are thrilled to invite you to join the Purchase College community. We encourage you to explore the college and take advantage of the many Accepted Student Events we have to offer.

If you cannot make it to campus then be sure to connect with us on the Purchase Facebook and Twitter fan pages.

If you have not yet received your decision, please check out our other visit opportunities.


Accepted Student Days are filled with activities designed to give you a true sense of Purchase College. You will have a chance to participate in lively discussions with our faculty and students, discover unique majors, clubs, and opportunities for involvement, explore the campus with our students on a guided tours and find out why Purchase faculty and staff are serving students pancakes at midnight!

Spring 2015 Accepted Student Days:

March 13 - Including BA, BS, Undeclared and Art & Design Accepted Students Only

April 17 - Including BA, BS, Undeclared, Art & Design, Film and Music Accepted Students Only

REGISTER HERE **Note: Search by Accepted Student Day


Test Drive Days offer students the opportunity to sit in on a Purchase College class.

Spring 2015 Test Drive Days: Week of April 20
Registration will open in late March

*Not all Areas of Study offer this opportunity. We will do our best to accommodate all requests. Test Drive Days feature classes in the Liberal Arts and Sciences only. Visual or Performing Arts courses are not featured as part of Test Drive Days.

Upcoming Campus Events



Spring 2015 Visiting Poets Series

The Creative Writing Program invites you to a season of readings and Q&A sessions with thirteen poets who have recently published an acclaimed first book or chapbook.


3/3        KEN CHEN
3/10      EVA SAAVEDRA ('09)
3/17      SAEED JONES
3/24      JENNY ZHANG
4/7        CALLIE SISKEL


BFA Senior Project Dance Concert

When: Friday & Saturday, February 27 & 28, 2015, 8pm
Where: Dance - Dance Theatre Lab

B.F.A. Senior Project Dance Concert featuring repertory performances and original choreography by Breckyn Drescher, Hannah Garner, Chelsea Hecht, Forrest Hersey, and Krista Morgenson. The concert takes place in the Dance Theatre Lab (lower level of the Dance Building). Tickets $5.00 available at the door; $3.00 with valid Purchase I.D. No reservation necessary.


When: Tuesday - Friday at 1 pm / Sunday at 3 pm
Where: Neuberger Museum of Art

These informal gallery talks led by docents offer fresh insights into the Museum's special exhibitions and permanent collections, while allowing time for independent viewing of art in the Museum. Gallery talks begin at the Museum Store and reservations are not required. Free with Museum admission.

March Events

Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time

When: March 1 – June 14, 2015 - Monday – Friday 10am-5pm
Where: Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery
School of the Arts | School of Art+Design

In the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Kuba peoples are renowned for their cut-pile raffia cloths. When sewn together and layered, they form extraordinary skirts and overskirts that wrap around the body multiple times. Characterized by resplendent surface elaboration, these garments are detailed and complex like other Kuba decorative arts, a feature found in no other African kingdom. Remarkable not only for their beauty but also for their large scale — some of these textiles reach nearly thirty feet in length — they are worn on special occasions by men and women, and display the status of the wearer.

Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time is the first exhibition to bring together works from two of the earliest collections of Kuba textiles: the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, founded by Leopold II in 1897, and the Sheppard Collection at Hampton University in Virginia, gathered between 1890 and 1910 by the American Presbyterian Congo missionary, William Henry Sheppard, the first Westerner to be received by a Kuba king in 1892. Additional important loans to the exhibition come from the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and three private collections.

BFA Senior Project Dance Concert

When: Friday & Saturday, March 13 & 14, 2015, 8pm
Where: Dance - Dance Theatre Lab

B.F.A. Senior Project Dance Concert featuring repertory performances and original choreography by Christian Allen, Emily McDaniel, et. al. The concert takes place in the Dance Theatre Lab (lower level of the Dance Building). Tickets $5.00 available at the door; $3.00 with valid Purchase I.D. No reservation necessary

Neuberger Museum of Art:

– When Modern was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection (extended through Mar. 15)
– Becoming Disfarmer (through Mar. 22)

The Multi: Designer Lectures

When: Wednesday, March 18th at 4:30PM (unless otherwise indicated)
Where: Visual Arts Building | RM 1016
Cost: Free & Open to the Public

The School of Art+Design Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings to campus noted artists, curators, critics and historians who share their perspectives and expertise on their own work and provide insight into current issues facing the contemporary artist and designer.

The MULTI is a multi-day Design event organized by students and faculty. As part of the event, Elana Schlenker, Mark Pernice, and Zhang Qingyun will be speaking. Elana Schlenker is an independent graphic designer and art director who creates printed matter, identities, packaging, environmental graphics, and interactive projects. She finds satisfaction in an unspecialized practice, taking on a wide range of projects for clients of all sizes. In addition to this client work, Elana publishes Gratuitous Type, "a pamphlet of typographic smut," which offers interviews and projects from leading creatives.
Mark Pernice is a New York native and School of Visual Arts alum who works as an art director, designer, and illustrator. Born and raised in Chengdu, China, Zhang Qingyun is a graphic designer living and working in New York City. Together they are Young Professionals, a creative studio specializing in design and illustration for both corporations and cultural institutions.

Durst Lecture: Colson Whitehead

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 4:30pm

Whitehead is the author of several books, including John Henry Days, Zone One, and Sag Harbor and most recently, The Noble Hustler: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death (2014).Whitehead is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers Award among others.
Free and open to the public.
Book-signing to follow.
For information, please call 914.251.6550

Deans List Tour: SUNY Purchase

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8pm
Where: Student Center - Witson's Hall, Student Center - Main Stage Area, Student Center 1015

New York, NY - 2013: The Dean’s List is a traveling showcase of the best underground artists in the New York City area, making stops at more than 25 schools. The 2nd Annual tour kicked off October 3rd, 2013 and runs through March 31st 2014.

More than 50 artists across a spectrum of genres (hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, spoken word) have been chosen to participate on this tour.

The Dean’s List  & No Boys Allowed Tour were birthed from the John Jay student and renaissance man, Nigel “ Scott Morris ” Guscott. In 2012 he envisioned a college tour that would serve as a unifying factor among students and the NYC youth community at large. The tour has come together through a collective of students working as campus liaisons, to conduct rigorous auditions and secure our relationships with each school.

New Media Lecture Series

When: Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00pm (ongoing series)
Where: Neuberger Museum of Art Study

April 8th – Artie Vierkant
Artie Vierkant is an artist based in New York. Working across sculpture, photography, and the Internet, his conceptual practice interrogates the autonomy of the physical object in our current digital age.

About the New Media Lecture Series:
Each semester the New Media program and the Neuberger Museum of Art co-host a series of lectures by accomplished artists, technologists and theorists in the field of new media. This is a chance for students, as well as the broader campus community, to hear from and dialogue with new media pioneers and visionaries. Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please visit


SUNY Purchase Alternative Composers Ensemble
When: Friday, April 17, 2015, 5:30pm
Where: Music - Music Choral Hall
An evening of experimental music written by Purchase composers

Senior Voice Recital

When: Friday, April 17, 2015, 6pm
Where: Music - Music Recital Hall 
2 Seniors (each evening) from the Opera Performance/Vocal Studies Area present Art Songs and Opera Arias.


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