Freshman

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

New students who have paid their enrollment deposit and activated their Purchase email should proceed to the Educational Video and Worksheet, which can be accessed at the button below. The Educational Video and Worksheet must be completed in order for students to receive their Alternate PIN, which is a unique code that enables students to register themselves for courses online through myHeliotrope. Alternate PINs are sent to students’ Purchase email account. Learn How to Activate and Check Your Purchase Email by watching this short video.

Required first-semester courses for each major are listed below. Students should register for as many of the required courses for their major as possible. The only reason that students should deviate from the list of required courses is if a course is closed. In that case, please add yourself to the Wait List. Then you should add additional available courses to create a full-time schedule between 15-17 credits by July 1st. Students are responsible for understanding their academic degree requirements and for registering for appropriate courses.

Incoming freshmen who receive free tuition funds from the New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits by the end of each academic year in order to remain eligible for the program. Our academic year culminates with the spring term. AP credits and college credits earned during high school may be counted toward this credit requirement.

College Writing WRI 1110 is a foundational course that provides the necessary critical thinking and writing skills for all other academic coursework at Purchase. College Writing must be completed within the first year. Note: A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition or Literature and Composition exam is equivalent to College Writing and will satisfy the Basic Communications Core requirement.

All incoming students pursuing BA/BS degrees are required to register for either Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or  First-Year Seminar EDG 1030. Biology majors will enroll in Biology Freshman Seminar BIO 1880.

Educational Video and Worksheet 


Freshmen in BA/BS programs should select their courses from Freshman Studies list in the Course S

 

The freshman class can find the full list of appropriate first-semester courses by selecting “Freshman Studies” within the Course Search.

Only courses within this list have been approved for incoming freshmen pursuing BA/BS degrees.

 

 

 


Student Athletes

Student athletes who have been accepted to a sports team must register themselves for the appropriate varsity sport. Consult with your coach about practice and game times in order to minimize any scheduling conflicts with your coursework.

Varsity Sports that are In-Season During the Fall Semester
  • Varsity Men’s Soccer PED 2881 
  • Varsity Men’s Golf PED 2883
  • Varsity Men’s Cross Country PED 2884
  • Varsity Men’s Basketball PED 2888
  • Varsity Men’s Swim PED 2890
  • Varsity Women’s Soccer PED 2882
  • Varsity Women’s Cross Country PED 2885
  • Varsity Women’s Tennis PED 2886
  • Varsity Women’s Volleyball PED 2887
  • Varsity Women’s Basketball PED 2889
  • Varsity Women’s Swim PED 2891
Varsity Sports that are In-Season During the Spring Semester
  • Varsity Men’s Basketball PED 2888
  • Varsity Men’s Swim PED 2890
  • Varsity Men’s Tennis PED 2893
  • Varsity Men’s Baseball PED 2894
  • Varsity Men’s Volleyball PED 2896
  • Varsity Women’s Basketball PED 2889
  • Varsity Women’s Swim PED 2891

  • Varsity Women’s Lacrosse PED 2892

  • Varsity Women’s Softball PED 2895

First-Semester Courses by Major

Anthropology
  • Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology ANT 1500
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Art History
  • History of Art Survey I (Ancient through Medieval) ARH 1010
  • Exhibition as Exploration ARH 1025
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
Arts Management
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Any course that satisfies the Math Core
Biology
  • General Biology I BIO 1550 Lecture
  • General Biology I BIO 1551 Lab
  • Biology Freshman Seminar BIO 1880
Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry I CHE 3310 Lecture*
  • General Chemistry I CHE 1551 Lab*
  • Calculus I MAT 1500*
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

* Before you can register for this course, you must successfully complete the electronic Math Fluency exam with a score of 20 or higher.

Cinema Studies
  • Introduction to Cinema Studies CIN 1500
  • Introduction to Modern Art ARH 2050
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Communications
  • Intro to Communication COM 1500
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Any additional core requirement
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Creative Writing
  • Narrative Techniques CWR 1100
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Economics
  • Macroeconomics ECO 1500 or Microeconomics ECO 1500
  • Precalculus MAT 1150*
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

* Before you can register for this course, you must successfully complete the electronic Math Fluency exam with a score of 20 or higher.

Environmental Studies
  • Introduction to Environmental Science ENV 1500
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Gender Studies
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality GND 1200
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
History
  • Any lower-level History course
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Journalism
  • Introduction to Media JOU 1500
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Language and Culture
  • Intermediate French I FRE 2010* or Intermediate Spanish I SPA 2010*
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

* Before you can register for any language course, you must take the Language Placement exam and register for the course level that corresponds with your score.

Latin American Studies
  • Culture in Modern Brazil HIS 2540
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Literature
  • Any lower-level Literature course
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Mathematics/Computer Science
  • Precalculus MAT 1150* or Calculus I MAT 1500*
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

* Before you can register for this course, you must successfully complete the electronic Math Fluency exam with a score of 20 or higher.

Media Studies
  • Introduction to Media Studies MSA 1050
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
New Media
  • Introduction to Media Studies MSA 1050
  • Any one New Media elective: Design Principles NME 1160, Programming for Visual Artists NME 1450, or Introduction to Digital Photography PHO 1100
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy I: Philosophy and the Polis PHI 1515
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Playwriting I PSW 1000 or Screenwriting I PSW 1010
  • Introduction to Cinema Studies CIN 1500
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Political Science
  • Introduction to U.S. Politics POL 1570
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Psychology
  • Any lower-level Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy, or Sociology course (except Introduction to Psychology, which is not intended for incoming freshmen)
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology SOC 1500
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Theatre and Performance
  • Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies THP 2020
  • Fundamentals of Acting ACT 1055
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Undeclared
  • Variety of freely-selected core curriculum requirements and electives
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • We recommend that you also include one or more of the following amazing courses that have been especially reserved for incoming freshmen:
    • Exhibition as Exploration ARH 1025
    • Intro to Social & Cultural Anthropology ANT 1500
    • Live Lit LIT 1025
    • Only Connect LIT 1065
    • Intro to Media Studies MSA 1050
    • Intro to U.S. Politics POL 1570

Freshmen

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts

Incoming freshmen to the School of the Arts have a predetermined schedule, but they still must complete a registration form for their program below. This form acknowledges that you wish to be registered for your required freshman courses by our Registrar’s Office.

For more information about your freshman curriculum, review the 8-Semester Plan for your program. See the Course Search for course descriptions, faculty, days/times, credits, and the 5-digit course registration number (CRN).

Note for Transfers: Undergraduate transfer students in Acting, Design Technology, Film, and Dance must complete eight semesters of coursework within their major at Purchase College in order to graduate. While all transfer credits from former institutions are evaluated for credit articulation, major-specific credits may be ineligible to transfer. The evaluation of any possible transfer credits for major degree requirements (usually a maximum of 30 credits) will be completed by your department’s academic advisor during your first semester at Purchase College.

If you have questions about first-year registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office
at 914-251-7000 or registrar@purchase.edu.

 

Acting

Registration Form

Dance

Registration Form

Theatre Design / Technology

Registration Form

Film

Registration Form

Music

Registration Form

Visual Arts
Registration Form

 


Transfers

New transfers who have paid their enrollment deposit and activated their Purchase email should schedule an advising/registration appointment with the appropriate department below. Appointments are conducted in person, over the phone, and through group advising webinars.

Students will be assigned to an official advisor before the start of the semester.

Transfers should send all AP scores from College Board to Purchase College. Our college code is 2878. Also send official college transcripts with final grades from each college you attended to the address below.

SUNY Purchase College
Registrar’s Office
Attn: Transcript Evaluator
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Follow the Instructions for Advising and Registration Below

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Liberal Studies, and the School of the Arts (BA/BS Programs)

Majors: Anthropology, Art History, Arts Management, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Cinema Studies, Communications, Creative Writing, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Language and Culture, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, Liberal Studies: Legal Studies, Literature, Mathematics/Computer Science, Media Studies, New Media, Philosophy, Playwriting and Screenwriting, Political Science, Psychology, Theatre and Performance, Undeclared

 

 The Fall 2018 semester has begun. If you need assistance, please contact the Advising Center at advising@purchase.edu or visit us on the 2nd floor of the Student Services building.

Conservatory of Music

Majors: Composition, Instrumental/Vocal Performance, Jazz Studies, Studio Composition, and Studio Production

Schedule an individual phone or in-person appointment with either Ryan Homsey or Nick Dorot via our online calendar system. On your first visit, you will need to select “Click here to register.” Then select the “New Student Advising” calendar.

 

School of Art+Design

Majors: Graphic Design, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Visual Arts

Schedule an individual phone or in-person appointment with either Tina Hardin or Dianne Hebbert via our online calendar system. On your first visit, you will need to select “Click here to register.” Then select the “New Student Advising” calendar.

 

Prepare for Your Transfer Advising Appointment

Review your Degree Progress Report and the Course Search by logging into myHeliotrope.

  1. Go to the Current Students Portal.
  2. Click on myHeliotrope and log in with your Purchase College ID and password.
  3. Click on Student.
  4. Click on Registration.
  5. Click to view your Degree Progress Report (DPR) and the Course Search.