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School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education

Youth and Precollege Programs

Serious Foundation. Serious Fun.

We hope that you choose Purchase College for your child’s enrichment experiences. Our summer Youth and Precollege Programs are sure to create many treasured memories for your entire family!

Summer 2020 Update

The Summer Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts have been transformed into fun, engaging, and enriching virtual experiences! Join the instructors you know and have come to love in live daily sessions that teach new skills and provide social interaction. We have kept the same low staff-to-student ratio and quality instruction that you have come to expect.

Please be assured that any changes or cancellations made by the college will amend our refund policy and allow for refunds. Additionally, should any government policies restrict a registered student from participating in a summer program, a refund will also be processed.

Purchase College has established a webpage with updates about the college’s response to COVID-19. Feel free to check it and/or this page frequently for the latest developments.​

Important Dates – Registration is Open!

Early Registration Discount Deadline: Monday, June 5 | Save 10% when you pay in full!

Session I: June 29 – July 10
Session II: July 13 – 24
Session III: July 27 – August 7

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Youth & Precollege Programs

High School Students:
Take a test drive of college and get a leg-up in school!

High school students who are at least 16 years old and who have the ability to do college-level work may enroll in noncredit adult courses with parental permission and at the discretion of the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education Appeals Committee.

High school students who wish to enroll in credit courses (or noncredit seats in them) must have (a) completed their junior year and (b) received approval from Purchase College to register. Proficiency in English is required. They are strongly encouraged to only consider lower-level (1000–2999) credit courses and are responsible for meeting any prerequisites. Enrolling in credit-bearing courses can prepare High School students for AP coursework and earn credit before entering college. Credits earned can be transferred to most colleges and universities. Use the course search to find your desired course(s). Course Search User Guide

Enjoy New York (in-state) or Fairfield County low tuition rates for courses taken for credit or even more reduced rates for noncredit seats in the same credit-bearing courses: $320 for a noncredit seat in a 2-credit course, $520 for a noncredit seat in a 3-credit course, or $625 for a noncredit seat in a 4-credit course (plus applicable fees and a $25 nonrefundable noncredit registration fee). Early registration discount does not apply.

Message from the Director

Immersion in visual arts, performing arts, vocal, photography, filmmaking, interior design, creative writing, songwriting, and digital arts offers the opportunity to explore your passions and discover yourself.

The Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts offer intensive enrichment experiences to build confidence that comes with gaining new skills, making new friends with like-minded peers, creating or improving portfolios for college, learning audition techniques, and working with experienced educators (Purchase faculty in select programs) and teaching artists. Let the fun and learning begin!


Kelly Jackson

Director of Continuing Education
School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education
kelly.jackson@purchase.edu