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We are thrilled to welcome you to Purchase College for Summer Orientation! Throughout this one-day program, you will meet new people, learn about your unique campus, and find answers to your Purchase College questions before the start of the spring semester. 

Summer Orientation will be held on during the week of July 11, 2016, Monday to Thursday.   Your participation in Orientation is strongly encouraged and all new students will be assigned an Orientation date by our staff. 

On the day of, please follow signs on campus directing you to the Performance Arts Center (PAC) to check-in and attend our Purchase Fair. Parents and guests are also welcome to attend Orientation. Students may bring up to 2 guests, and they must be registered and paid for prior to Orientation. There is a $75.00 fee for each guest.    Please stay tuned for the link and registration guidelines for guests (parents, family members, etc.) 

CLASSES BEGIN on Monday, August 29, 2016.   

There are a few things you need to do before getting here:

                                    We are looking forward to meeting you!


Summer 2016 Freshmen Orientation Dates:

Session 1: July 11, 2016

Session 2: July 12, 2016

Session 3: July 13, 2016

Session 4: July 14, 2016

More information about how you are assigned a summer orientation date will be emailed to you in May.


EOP Summer Orientation - July 14 - 21, 2016

MAP Summer Orientation - July 14 - 17, 2016

EOP Summer Program Handbook:  Stay tuned for updated handbook.

MAP Summer Program Handbook:  Stay tuned for updated handbook.


Liberal Arts & Sciences Transfers

Summer 2016 Orientation Dates will be announced shortly.

Arts Transfers

August 25, 2016


Thursday, August 25, 2016: Move-in day for all graduate students living on campus

Friday, August 26, 2016: Art+Design, Art History, Entrepreneurship, and Music Graduate Student Orientation


International Student Orientation dates:

Summer 2016 Orientation will begin on Monday, August 22, 2016.

Stay tuned for more information about your schedule and activities.

We are looking forward to having you here on campus with us!


Parents, families and/or guests are welcome to attend Orientation with their students! Students may bring up to 2 guests and they must be registered and paid for prior to Orientation.  Their is a $75.00 fee per guest.  The fee includes:  parent/family Purchase College gift, breakfast, lunch, dessert social, and for making Orientation possible. 

Sending your student off to college can be an exciting and frightening experience.  We hope to alleviate some of your concerns through our Parent Orientation program that runs parallel with our Student Orientation dates.  Parent Orientation is a one-day program, designed to introduce parents to campus life, on and off campus resources, academics, and also to meet faculty, staff, and other parents. 


The parent/family/guest registration link and payment form will be available in May.  Stay tuned for more information. 

If you, or your student, need to register for an Orientation session, please contact our Orientation Office:
Phone: 914-251-6332


Stay tuned for the 2016 Welcome Week Schedule. 

Welcome Week begins on Friday, August 26, 2016 and runs through the first week of classes.   Welcome Week is full of activities to help you get to know your Purchase  College Home. 

We know that students who attend Welcome Week events are more confident when they start classes because they meet new friends, explore academic and co-curricular opportunities, navigate campus and learn about the Purchase College Community.  


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.




Phone: 914-251-6332



Local Lodging Options

Please feel free to contact the following hotels if you are in need of accommodations before or after Orientation. 

*All options listed are based on availability. Rooms are not guaranteed until booked.*

Preferred Hotel

Doral Arrowwood
975 Anderson Hill Road
Rye Brook, NY 10573

$135/night, includes complimentary breakfast!

Phone: 914-939-5500

Other Hotels in the Area

Courtyard by Marriott
631 Midland Avenue
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 921-1110
Reservations: 1-800-321-2211

Crowne Plaza
66 Hale Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
Reservations: (914)-821-1345

Doubletree Tarrytown
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 631-5700

Hyatt House, White Plains
101 Corporate Park Drive
White Plains, New York 10604
Reservations: 914-251-9700

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