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August 20, 2014


Orientation is one day of fast-paced programming designed to introduce you to campus life, your academic program, and your fellow classmates. Orientation is required. 

At Orientation you will be joining new students excited to start their Purchase journey. For the majority of the day, you will learn about campus resources, your academic program, and will get the opportunity to socialize with your classmates. 

RISE AND SHINE! If you are living on campus for the Fall semester, you should plan on moving into your residence hall or apartment between 8:30am-10:30am on August 20, 2014. Commuters can check-in between 9:30am-11:00am on August 20th at Orientation Central in front of the Student Services Building. The program will begin with lunch at 11:00am and last the whole day and carry into the Welcome Week programming that will take place from August 21-24. 

GETTING HUNGRY? You will definitely work up an appetite at Orientation. Don't worry; we've got you covered. All meals are provided to the participants of the orientation program. Special dietary needs are no problem; just make sure to let us know so we can make special arrangements.



Check back soon for a complete schedule of events for orientation.



To RSVP for Arts Transfer Orientation, please follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the Orientation date that you wish to attend, below.
  2. Click "Register" to register for that date.
  3. Create a new account to register. ***Please note that you current purchase.edu username and password WILL NOT WORK to register for orientation. You will have to create a new account.***
  4. Fill out the registration form and click "register."
  5. You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your registration.



Arts Transfer Session: August 20--CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Parents can pre-register for Parent Orientation when their student registers by indicating on the registration form the number of additional guests who will be attending. If your student has already registered for Orientation and you wish to attend please email orientation@purchase.edu with the name of your student and the number of additional guests.


All new students will participate in Welcome Week from August 21-24. Right before the start of classes, Welcome Week is filled with opportunities for social connectedness, academic exposure and integration into the community.

Please check back soon for a complete schedule of events for this exciting week!



I never received an email about Orientation. What do I do?
All orientation communications are being sent to your Purchase email account starting in late May. If you have checked your purchase email account starting in May and do not have an email, please contact us at (914) 251-6332 or orientation@purchase.edu.

*If you just paid your deposit to the college, it may take 3-4 business days for you to receive your invitation to orientation.

What is the fee for Student Orientation?
The fee for Student Orientation is $175. It is a mandatory fee that is applied to your Fall semester bill does not need to be paid separately. The Student Orientation fee is non-refundable if you do not attend Orientation.

Where will I be living for the 2014-2015 semester?
Housing assignments will be mailed out by the Office of Residence Life in early-August. If you have any questions about residence life please contact them at (914) 251-6320.

When can I register for classes?
Advising and registration for Arts Transfers will take place throughout the summer. Arts transfer students will be contacted by faculty and administrators in their board of study with information on how to register for classes. Please check your Purchase email throughout the summer for more information.

What happens if I can’t come to Orientation?
Any student who cannot attend orientation should call Orientation at 914-251-6332. Please be aware that you are expected to be present for Welcome Week from August 21-24.

Can I bring a friend with me to Orientation?
No. We do not allow new students to bring friends to orientation. Orientation is your opportunity to meet new students who will become your friends for years to come.

What do I need to bring with me to Orientation?
To prepare for your visit, please bring the following items:

Your driver's license or other government-issued photo identification

Comfortable clothes and shoes

Sweater/sweatshirt for rooms with AC


Arts Transfer Orientation is also right before classes begin, so if you are living on campus you should plan to bring everything for your new room on campus!

I am having problems setting up my Purchase email account!
Contact CTS at (914) 251-6460 or visit the CTS email website for assistance. 

Is Orientation and Welcome Week really that fun? Will I make new friends?
Yes, they are really fun! Students who attend always comment on how it prepared them for their college experience. In addition, some meet their future best friends, classmates, and roommates. The Orientation staff does their best to make it an enjoyable experience, but it is up to YOU as to how fun it will be. You have to take the steps to make the most out of the experience and meet new people! 

I have a question that is not listed here!
E-mail orientation@purchase.edu or call us at (914) 251-6332



If you have any questions about Orientation, please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable Orientation staff. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Phone: 914-251-6332
Email: Orientation@purchase.edu