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What to Expect

Freshmen Orientation is a 2-day event that takes place in the summer.  It is mandatory for all incoming freshmen and they will be pre-assigned to one of the three July sessions. Those that cannot attend a July session are invited to the fourth session in September.   Orientation is two days of fast-paced programming designed to introduce new students to campus life, resources on and off campus, academics and to also meet fellow incoming students!

All students attending will be part of a small group of 20 students with an Orientation Leader (OL) as a guide.  The OL will answer any questions that you have about Purchase and also will get you acquainted with other new students.

Students and Parents should plan to check in between 8:30am-10:00am on their designated date.  There will be signs around campus directing you to check-in.  The Orientation concludes by 12:00pm on the second day.

**We highly recommend that if you do not have any last-minute business to attend to before orientation begins, that you do not arrive until after 9:00am to check in.**



Students attending Orientation will stay overnight in one of our residence halls and will room with other freshmen.  All students are required to stay on campus, regardless of residential or commuting status.  **If you are attending the fourth Session in September, you will be moving into your assigned residence hall for the semester for orientation.  Commuters will commute to the fourth session**

To prepare for your overnight visit, please bring the following items:

  • A sleeping bag or sheets for your bed (size XL-Twin)
  • A towel
  • Your driver's license or other government-issued photo identification
  • Toiletries and medications
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Walking shoes
  • Sweater/sweatshirt for rooms with AC



Lunch, dinner and snacks are provided on the first day of Orientation.  Continental breakfast only is provided on the second day of Orientation.  If you have special dietary needs, please contact us to make special arrangements.


Freshmen?  Transfer?  Which one am I?

Most students entering college directly from High School are considered Freshmen.  Students who have taken courses for credit after completion of High School are considered Transfers. 

However, at Purchase College, there are some circumstances where those rules do not apply!  For Example:

  • Dance, Film, Theatre Design/Technology, and Acting students who have taken college classes AFTER completion of High School are considered Freshmen.  These programs are 4-year programs at Purchase College and thus anyone entering the program will thus start with their 1st year.