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Continuing Education - Undergraduate Credit

Course Offerings and Enrollment Policy

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Fall 2014 Courses
Enrollment Policy
Hybrid & Online Courses


Fall 2014 semester: August 25–December 19
Registration begins June 2.

Art History History Natural Science
Arts Legal Studies Philosophy/Religion
Arts Management Literature Psychology
Communications/Writing Mathematics Social Science
Film Music Theatre Studies

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During the fall and spring semesters, many undergraduate courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and some courses in the School of the Arts at Purchase College are open to nonmatriculated (visiting) students on a space-available basis. These courses are offered primarily during the day, Monday through Friday. Course descriptions and schedule information are available in the myHeliotrope course search at


Note: Also refer to the Enrollment and Registration Guide.

Undergraduate credit courses offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education are open to anyone qualified to do college-level work. Proficiency in English is required, and students must meet any course prerequisites. Please review the following and refer to Course Load under Academic Policies for related information.

  • Winter session online courses are available to all current and prospective students who wish to obtain undergraduate college-level credit. The senior citizen “special auditor” option is not available. Please refer to Winter Session for details.
  • Winter session and summer session courses are equivalent to those offered during the academic year; therefore, students should expect to devote at least as much time to each winter session and summer session course as they do during any other semester.

Visiting students: Adults with a high school diploma or its equivalent and visiting students from other colleges may enroll in credit courses, as long as they meet the above requirements. Visiting students from other colleges are responsible for obtaining approval from their college to transfer Purchase College credits back to their college before registering for credit courses. They are also personally responsible for the college’s tuition, fees, and other applicable charges and are bound by all college policies.

High school students who have completed their junior year may also enroll in credit courses. To enroll in credit courses, high school students must: (1) have a solid academic record (85% or B average); and (2) send a letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor or principal and a copy of their transcript to the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education before registration. High school students normally take lower-level (1000–2999) credit courses and are responsible for meeting any prerequisites.

Purchase College matriculated students in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of the Arts may enroll in credit courses offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education as follows:

  • In the fall and spring, credit courses offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education may be taken on a space-available basis. (Before registering for these courses, students should obtain their faculty advisor’s approval.) For full-time matriculated students, no additional tuition is charged; however, any listed lab fees must be paid.
  • Winter session and summer session are open to all Purchase matriculated students, as long as any prerequisites are met. In particular, many courses are offered that fulfill core curriculum requirements. To find out if a particular course satisfies a requirement for their major, students should consult with their faculty advisor before registering.

Senior citizens (New York State residents, age 60 and above) who are interested in auditing on-campus credit courses on a tuition-free basis should refer to Senior Citizen Auditors for further information. Please note that this option is not available in online, hybrid, or noncredit courses.

Updated Aug. 25, 2014

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