Purchase College welcomes students of all ages to attend!
Purchase College offers noncredit courses and programs for a lifetime of learning:
- Professional Certificates
- Personal Enrichment Courses
- Undergraduate Courses with Noncredit Seats
- Teacher Training
- Courses and programs through online partners
Courses may be taken individually without commitment to a program.
Summer immersion in visual arts, performing arts, music, filmmaking, architecture, creative writing, journalism, STEM, and digital arts gives youth and precollege students the opportunity to explore their passions and discover themselves. Fall and spring courses are also available.
High school students may also be able to register for undergraduate courses. Find out how.
Earn college credit throughout the year either in-person or online. Visiting students are welcome to register in any of our standard semesters, as well as the summer and winter sessions. There is no formal application and acceptance process. Simply create your student account and register today!
New York State residents who are at least 60 years of age are welcome to enroll tuition-free as a “special auditor” each semester, including summer session, in a maximum of two credit-bearing, on-campus courses in which space is available to special auditors.
Currently, all Senior Citizen Auditors must register in-person at the Registrar’s Office. Please reference the Academic Calendar for information on when you may register as a Senior Citizen Auditor.
Whether you’re an au pair interested in fulfilling education requirements or an adult nonnative English speaker interested in improving your English language proficiency— the Explorations in American Life and Language program offers a variety of exciting, enriching, and interactive courses to help you achieve your goals.
Individual courses within the Intensive English Language summer program (IELP) can be taken on a part-time basis by nonnative English-speaking adults.
If you are a member of CSEA, you may be able to use a tuition voucher to pay for a credit or non-credit course.
Undergraduate credit courses offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education are open to anyone qualified to do college-level work. Many undergraduate courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and some courses in the School of the Arts at Purchase College are also open to the public on a space-available basis. Proficiency in English is required, and students must meet any course prerequisites.
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