Must-Do Firsts

  • Students and family enjoying Family Day activities.
    Spend time with parents, siblings, extended family members and friends! There is an all-you-can-eat brunch at the Dining Hall, carnival events, pumpkin painting, and many other fun activities through out the day.
  • Students looking at neon art piece in the Neuberger Museum of Art
    The Neuberger Museum of Art is the premier museum of modern, African, and contemporary art right here on Purchase College campus. Plan a visit to see both their permanent collection and changing exhibitions.
  • Students doing yoga on the Great Lawn
    Check out the full schedule of free yoga classes offered by the Wellness Center. Wellness has mats, blocks and blankets you can use. All you need to bring is comfortable clothes and an open mind.
  • Two dancers perform
    The Purchase Dance Company performs major concerts for students and faculty in the Dance Theatre Lab on campus, at the PAC, and on tour in New York City, New York State, and abroad. 
  • Performer in costume on stage
    The Conservatory of Theatre Arts Theatrical Season offers many opportunities to see student performances. Whether in acting, theatre and performance, or theatre design/technology, support these talented students in their craft.
  • Girl wearing Game of Pancakes t-shirt
    The night before finals begin, each semester, faculty and staff stay on campus a little later than usual (think 11:00 pm) to serve breakfast to hungry, cramming, stressed-out students. Take a break and get your mind off finals for a bit! Oh, and don’t miss the t-shirt toss, these student-designed shirts are a keepsake you won’t want to pass up.
  • Student musician on stage with bright lights
    Do you love karaoke? Have you ever wanted to perform live on stage as your favorite singer? Imagine being on a full stage with music, lights, dancers, and fans screaming your name. If this appeals to you, join Purchase’s annual Cover Show. Of course you don’t have to perform. Lots of students show up to hang out, see their friends perform, and most importantly, dance!
  • Student and staff member digging ground to plant a tree in front of residence building.

    Plant a Tree with the Green Team

    There are many reasons to join a club and get involved, whether social, extra curricular, or volunteer. Clubs like Green Team aid in our campus wide sustainability efforts by hosting events that give back to the campus, and further Purchase’s sustainable future.
  • Students dressed in costumes for Halloween.

    Dress Up on Halloween

    We love anything that includes a costume. Get creative, collaborate with peers, and show us your Halloween best!
  • Lea DeLaria

    See a Performance at the PAC

    Experience world-class music, dance, theatre, film, comedy and more right here on campus. Take advantage of the master classes with professional artists, on site training, internships, job opportunities, and ticket discounts.
  • Student hooping on the lawn at Culture Shock.

    Experience Culture Shock

    Our very own on-campus-Coachella, Culture Shock has some of the area’s best emerging artists in diverse musical genres perform. Then, there’s tons of food, carnival rides, games, vendors, and activities. Generally attended by more than 2,000 students and guests, it’s the perfect end of year celebration.
  • Student performing drag at Fall Ball.

    Vogue at Fall Ball

    Fall Ball is an extravagant drag competition. Not only do we crown campus winners in the King, Queen, and Quing categories, but we also bring out some of the greatest guest drag performers in the country. Students who compete spend months rehearsing and practicing their routines and looks. It’s a show you’ll never forget!
  • Two students playing basketball.
    Whether they are intercollegiate, club, intramural or recreation, sports are a big part of students’ lives here. But if sports aren’t your thing, go to a Yankee game, pitch a tent under the stars, do yoga at the Wellness Center. Or cheer on one of our teams at our two turf field complexes, swimming pool, rock climbing wall, and other athletic facilities.
  • Students at tables on the Great Lawn for the Student Involvement Fair.

    Join a Club at the Student Involvement Fair

    This isn’t the campus where students say “there’s nothing to do here.” On any given day, there are numerous events and activities for students to enjoy—performances, clubs, concerts, exhibitions, games, lectures, film screenings, and more. It’s actually a proven theory that the more you’re involved on campus, the more successful you will be!
  • Jazz student with instrument.
    The Purchase College Jazz Studies program is celebrating 25 years of making great music and nurturing some of the best Jazz musicians in the universe. Attend the many  performances throughout the year and enjoy some amazing live music by our incredibly talented students and faculty. 
  • Two students dressed as zombies for Zombie Prom.

    Zombie Prom

    Think The Walking Dead meets Ru Paul’s Drag Race. It’s a huge event that takes place every spring, featuring live music, a DJ, and, of course, students dressed up like zombies. Don’t forget your fake blood and dancing shoes!