Choose Your First Year Experience

We provide a solid footing at the starting line for all. College Writing and a choice of First-Year Seminar options are required. Choose from either a First-Year Seminar or a First-Year Learning Community seminar. Both bring together BA and BS students in the liberal arts and sciences in small group discussions. (Students in the arts earning BFAs and MusBs have first-year programs built into their curriculum.)

First-Year Seminar


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 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.

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 in the BA and BS programs.
  2. Certain majors require their own first-year seminars for their freshmen, which students take in place of EDG 1030:
    • Biology majors take BIO 1880/Biology Freshman Seminar
    • Dance freshmen take DBD1030/Dance Freshman Seminar
    • Music freshman take MUS1040/Music Freshman Seminar
    • School of Art+Design freshmen take VIS 1050/ComX