Academic Services and Resources
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.
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.
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, over 145,000 ebooks, and more than 240,000 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’s collections are particularly strong in the visual and performing arts and include an extensive collection of music scores and recordings. The Special Collections and Archives, available by appointment, feature rare, out-of-print monographs and multi-volume sets, limited editions of seminal works in the fields of art, design, and photography, signed works of historical and political significance, and a teaching collection of artist books.
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.