The Freshman Year and Freshman-Year Withdrawal Policy

Freshmen in the BA and BS programs, and freshmen who have not declared their major, normally complete from three to seven general education courses, depending on their program of study. Freshmen in the BFA and MusB programs normally complete two to three general education courses as well as foundation courses within their discipline.

Freshman Seminar
FRS 1030/Freshman Seminar is required for incoming freshmen and selected transfer students in the BA and BS programs (excluding the liberal studies BA), as well as freshmen who have not declared their major. All incoming freshmen in the School of Art+Design take VIS 1050/ComX in their freshman year.

Freshman-Year Withdrawal Policy
Because the freshman program is carefully planned to provide a foundation for further academic study at Purchase College, freshmen may not withdraw from any freshman-year course without the permission of both the student’s advisor and the associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the associate/assistant dean of the School of the Arts.

Freshmen who fail LWR 1110/College Writing and (a) an additional first-year core curriculum/general education course or (b) a course required for their major are subject to academic dismissal at the end of the first semester.

For updates during 2013–2015, please visit

<< Academic Policies home