Advising Center

The Advising Center provides support that students need to successfully navigate their academic programs at Purchase—from the summer before their freshman year to the completion of their senior year. Academic advisors help students:

  • understand academic requirements
  • choose courses and majors
  • select a permanent faculty advisor
  • make good use of the college’s varied academic support services
  • find answers to last-minute questions

Students who have not yet declared a major are particularly encouraged to meet with an advisor in the center for guidance. Continuing students should meet regularly with their faculty advisors, using the services of the Advising Center as needed.

Learning Center

The Learning Center assists students in learning, developing academic skills, and attaining academic success. It offers a comprehensive system of support, ranging from help in a specific course to detailed instruction in writing and study skills. The modes of support include on-site, peer-based individual and group tutoring; online writing tutoring through the Purchase College Online Writing Lab (OWL); and assistive technology for students with disabilities.

Peer tutors are nominated by faculty members and receive effective training in tutoring at the beginning of each semester. Writing and foreign language tutoring are available throughout the academic year. In addition, peer tutors provide support in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, statistics, and environmental studies at the Einstein Corner in the Natural Sciences Building. Tutoring is also provided for selected courses as need arises, and the staff will assist students in forming a study group for any course the college offers.​

Center for Production Services

The Center for Production Services provides the college’s academic schools, conservatories, centers, and departments with an array of essential digital resources and support. 

Library

The Purchase College Library offers a blend of digital and print resources, including more than 85,000 unique, full-text online journals, magazines, and newspapers, and more than 230,000 print volumes. Students, faculty, and staff can access the library’s wide range of online resources from any location by visiting www.purchase.edu/library. The library has special strengths in the visual and performing arts, including extensive collections of music scores and recordings, digitized art slides, and video recordings (as well as scores, recordings, and videos in streaming format). The Digital Collections Center supports the integration of images in classroom teaching, presentations, research papers, lectures, and other educational endeavors. The Special Collections/Archives include rare books and archival publications of the college in a closed stack, which is available on site by appointment.

Computers, Wi-Fi, and Other Technology

As a technology center on campus, the library has more than 200 public computers, both PCs and Macs, and wireless internet access throughout the building. There are two PC labs, a Mac graphics lab (closing in Spring 2019), and the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), which includes two digital audio suites and three video/graphics/music classroom labs (one lab will close in Spring 2019). A list of the computers and software in the library, maintained by CTS, is available in the CTS Knowledge Base.

Instruction and Subject Specialists
Librarians are available to work with instructors in customizing course-specific instruction to assist users with research needs. Members of the library faculty provide introductory sessions for all sections of College Writing and typically provide instructional and guided research sessions for disciplinary courses at all levels, especially junior and senior seminars and senior capstone courses. Librarians are also available to assist instructors in designing research assignments and to conduct individual research consultations with students, faculty, and staff members. Email ask@purchase.libanswers.com or contact your subject liaison librarian to arrange instructional sessions or research consultations.
Interlibrary Loan
Materials located at other libraries may be requested through the library’s Interlibrary Loan link. Turnaround time for interlibrary loan requests ranges from 24 hours to several weeks, although most items are delivered within two to four days, and all articles are sent electronically. There is no charge for the service. For more information, please call (914) 251-6428 or email lib.ill@purchase.edu.
Digital Collections Center
The library houses the Digital Collections Center (DCC). The DCC’s mission is to create unique digital collections used for teaching and research. The DCC digitizes library archives and curates born-digital materials that enhance faculty coursework and student scholarship. The DCC provides access to multidisciplinary campus archives as well, connecting faculty, staff, and students to Purchase-produced research. Finally, the DCC seeks to help Purchase affiliates properly archive important digital content so future generations can access many years of well-preserved pedagogy. For questions about the DCC, please email lib.digital.collections@purchase.edu.
Assistive Technology
The library also houses various assistive technologies, intended to offer greater access to software and equipment needed by students with learning disabilities, hearing impairments, or visual impairments. The equipment is housed in the library’s Technology Assistance Office, which serves as a customer service center for basic technology and computer help for all library users. Users who need assistive technology are expected to seek training from the Office of Disability Resources.
Faculty Publications
The library recognizes and preserves the scholarly achievements of the Purchase College faculty. A separate collection of faculty publications, including books, recordings, and films, is housed in the library’s archives. The library also retains circulating copies of publications written by Purchase College faculty. Faculty members are encouraged to donate copies of their works when they can and to notify the library by emailing ask@purchase.libanswers.com when a new publication is forthcoming.
Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center
The mission of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) is to partner with faculty to enhance teaching and learning at Purchase College through the adoption of innovative and applicable pedagogies and technologies. The TLTC offers a wide variety of programming for faculty throughout the year.

Neuberger Museum of Art

The Neuberger Museum of Art is the premier destination for modern, contemporary, and African art in the greater New York metro area. Located at the heart of the Purchase College campus in a building designed by world-renowned architect Philip Johnson, the Neuberger has become a center of teaching and learning for all stages of life.

Founded in 1969 with a gift of 300 works by Roy R. Neuberger—one of the greatest private collectors, philanthropists, and arts advocates of the twentieth century— the museum’s collection now includes more than 6,000 objects by some of American’s best known modern and contemporary artists, including Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. The African art collection includes a selection of major objects spanning a broad geographic range from Mali to Mozambique and offering artistic insights into over thirty cultures across the continent.

The biennial Roy R. Neuberger Prize continues the legacy of our founding patron by recognizing the work of exceptional global contemporary artists early in their careers. On alternating years, the Yaseen Lecture Series brings acclaimed scholars and artists such to campus to discuss their work and address contemporary ideas.

These critically acclaimed exhibitions and programs draw local, regional, and international audiences. Tours, lectures and artist talks, public and family programs, films and concerts engage our broad and diverse community.  On any day, you can see adults, families, K-12 school children and their teachers enjoying the museum alongside Purchase College students, faculty and staff. At the Neuberger, scholars, artists, and art lovers find common ground to experiment, question, and grow.

Admission to the museum and its programs is free or discounted for all Purchase College students, faculty, and staff. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5:00pm and until 8:00pm on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays.

For additional information and updates and a full calendar of activities, visit neuberger.org.

Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a unique four-theatre complex, considered one of the finest facilities on an East Coast college campus. The PAC presents an annual professional series in music, dance, theatre, cinema, and family programming. To receive up-to-the-minute information about performances and discounts, follow the PAC on Facebook or Twitter. Also, be sure to check your Purchase email account for event announcements and special offers, which are sent to the campus community on a regular basis. 

The PAC’s ongoing initiatives also encompass artist partnerships, residency activities, and commissions. It has an active and collaborative relationship with Purchase College students, who can take advantage of master classes with the artists, on-site training, internships, job opportunities, and ticket discounts. The PAC also hosts a large number of performances throughout the year for the Conservatories of Music, Dance, and Theatre Arts.

Related Services and Resources:

Campus Technology Services
Career Development Center
Children’s Center
International Programs and Services