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Session 1: June 26, 2014

Session 2: July 31, 2014

Session 3: August 7, 2014

Session 4: August 20, 2014


Orientation is one day of fast-paced programming designed to introduce you to campus life, your fellow classmates, and to an academic advisor for class registration. 

At Orientation you will be a part of a group of 60 incoming Liberal Arts & Sciences transfers who are excited to start their Purchase journey.  For the majority of the day, you will be focusing on advising and registration for the Fall semester with a faculty or staff member.  You will also get the opportunity to socialize with your classmates and learn more about the resources available to you at Purchase College!

RISE AND SHINE!  You should plan to check in between 8:00a-8:45am on your designated date.  Follow the signs on campus directing you to park in the W-2 Parking lot and check-in at the Social Sciences building.  Orientation will wrap up by 3:30pm that afternoon.

GETTING HUNGRY?  You will definitely work up an appetite at Orientation.  Don't worry; we've got you covered.  Breakfast and lunch are provided at Orientation for all who attend.  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 one of the Liberal Arts & Sciences Orientation dates, 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.




Session 1: June 26--CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Session 2: July 31--CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Session 3: August 7--CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Session 4: August 20--CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Sending your student off to college for a second time can be an exciting and frightening experience. We hope to alleviate some of your concerns through our Parent Orientation program that runs parallel to our Student Orientation dates. Parent Orientation is designed to introduce new parents to campus life, on and off campus resources , academics and to also meet faculty, staff, and other parents. Parents will receive a hard-copy letter in the mail with more information on Parent Orientation.




The schedule for Parent Orientation will be available upon arrival. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.




There is a $75 fee per parent to attend orientation. This includes the meals for the day, giveaways, and presentations.




Parents can pre-register for Orientation here:

Session 1: June 26--CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Session 2: July 31--CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Session 3: August 7--CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Session 4: August 20 (Arts and LAS)--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!


Plans have changed.  Can I change my Orientation date?
Absolutely!  Please contact us at (914) 251-6332 or orientation@purchase.edu and we will be happy to change your orientation date if there is still space available.


I never received an email about Orientation.  What do I do?

All orientation communications are being sent to your Purchase email account starting in 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 LAS Transfers happens at Transfer Orientation.  If you have any further questions, please contact the Advising Center at (914) 251-3990 or at advising@purchase.edu.


What happens if I can’t come to orientation?
Any student who cannot attend a Transfer Orientation Day should call the Advising Center as soon as possible to schedule an individual appointment with an advisor.  These appointments will begin on the week of August 11th.


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

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 Days 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