First-Year Seminar instructors also serve as the academic advisor for the students in their course, so students have a built-in opportunity to see their academic advisor on a weekly basis.

Course Description

In this introduction to the merits and expectations of a liberal arts education, incoming freshmen in the liberal arts and sciences, in arts management, and in theatre and performance are encouraged to become members of the Purchase College intellectual community. Through readings, discussions, and supervised activities, students learn about the college’s academic expectations and its educational and co-curricular opportunities. Graded on a pass/fail basis; cannot be repeated.

Learning Outcomes

  • To discuss the value and meaning of a liberal arts education
  • To recognize, examine, and discuss topics surrounding diversity in order to better understand the cultural background of oneself and others
  • To explain academic requirements, accurately interpret the Degree Progress Report, construct a course schedule for the following semester, and develop an academic roadmap to graduation
  • To identify and locate campus resources and clubs that support student involvement and success
  • Gain an understanding of campus policies and procedures
  • To identify personal strengths in order to align academic goals with career goals


  1. Required for incoming freshmen and selected transfer students in the BA and BS programs.
  2. In their freshman year, biology majors take BIO 1880/Biology Freshman Seminar and all incoming freshmen in the School of Art+Design take VIS 1050/ComX, as part of their major requirements, instead of EGD 1030.