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Welcome Class of 2017!!!

Congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY Purchase! 

We are excited that you will be joining us in the Fall!


What to Expect

Orientation is two days of fast-paced programming designed to introduce you to campus life, resources on and off campus, academics and most importantly to introduce you to your fellow classmates.  Orientation is required.  YES, we are forcing you to have fun!

At Orientation you will be part of a small group of 20 students led by an Orientation Leader (OL).  OL's serve as the 'know it all's' of campus.  They will answer any and all questions about Purchase, help you find your way around campus and encourage you to make friends.

RISE AND SHINE!  You and your Parents should plan to check in between 9:00a-10:30am on your designated date.  Follow the signs on campus directing you to check-in at the Performing Arts Center.  Orientation will wrap up by 12:00pm on the second day.



SLEEPOVER PARTY!!  Students attending Orientation will stay overnight in one of our residence halls and will room with one or two other students.  All students are required to stay on campus, regardless of residential or commuting status.  Think of it as practice for the fall.

Don't forget......

  • 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 and shoe
  • Sweater/Sweatshirt for the air-conditioned rooms
  • Fan for your bedroom



You will definitely work up an appetite at Orientation.  Don't worry, we've got you covered.  Lunch, dinner and snacks are provided on the first day of Orientation and continental breakfast is provided on the second day.  Special dietary needs are no problem, just make sure to let us know so we can make special arrangements.

Did you know that we were once voted one of the most vegetarian-friendly campuses in the U.S. by PETA?


Movie Review

Every year, as part of the freshmen experience, we choose a film to be viewed and discussed with our entering students.

This year's selection is Beasts of the Southern Wild.  Directed by Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild follows the life of young Hushpuppy.  Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

FUN FACT:  Purchase College Conservatory of Music graduate, Dan Romer '04, wrote the score for this award-winning film! 

Links to view the summer film online will be send to you in the summer.  When you come to campus for Welcome Days before classes begin, you will be discussing the film with faculty and staff.