Freshman

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Step One

Start by paying the enrollment deposit and activating your Purchase email account.


Step Two

Login through the Admissions Portal to complete the online Freshman Registration Module. This will authorize the Registrar’s Office to enroll you in a full-time course schedule based on your major and student type in accordance with the information on this web page. The module will also prepare students to make informed decisions when modifying their schedule.


Step Three

Once all of the freshman course registrations have been processed, the Alternate PIN will be sent to your Purchase email address. The Alternate PIN is a unique code that enables students to make changes to their course schedule online through myHeliotrope. No changes can be made prior to receiving the PIN.


More Course Registration Information

Students are responsible for understanding their academic degree requirements and for registering for appropriate courses.

The deadline to create a full-time schedule between 15-17 credits is July 1st.

Excelsior Scholarship

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. To help ensure that students comply, first-semester registration will automatically include a load of 15-17 credits. Students are discouraged from dropping below 15 credits. AP credits and college credits earned during high school may be counted toward the 30-credit requirement needed within the first year.

College Writing

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.

EOP

All EOP students pursuing degrees in Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science programs will also be pre-registered for College Writing WRI 1110 and an accompanying section of College Writing Lab WRI 1105 in their first term.

SUNY Upstate Medical University

All incoming freshmen who have been accepted to the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine’s Guaranteed High School MD Acceptance Program will be pre-registered for the required General Biology I BIO 1550 and General Biology I Lab BIO 1551 in their first term.

Student Athletes

Registration for student athletes will include Varsity Sports if your sport is in session during the fall term.

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

Image of Fall 2019 Course Search window with “Freshman Studies” highlighted.

 

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.

See the Course Search for course descriptions, faculty, days/times, credits, and the 5-digit course registration number (CRN).


First-Semester Courses by Major

Anthropology

As an anthropology major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology ANT 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Art History

As an art history major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • History of Art Survey I (Ancient through Medieval) ARH 1010
  • Exhibition as Exploration ARH 1025
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Arts Management

As an arts management major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Discovering the Arts (Lecture and Discussion) AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Biology

As a biology major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • General Biology I BIO 1550 Lecture
  • General Biology I BIO 1551 Lab
  • Biology Freshman Seminar BIO 1880*
  • A variety of liberal arts electives

* Biology majors enroll in Biology Freshman Seminar BIO 1880 en lieu of  First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Chemistry and Biochemistry

As a chemistry and biochemistry major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • General Chemistry I CHE 3310 Lecture
  • General Chemistry I CHE 1551 Lab
  • Calculus I MAT 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Cinema Studies

As a cinema studies major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Cinema Studies CIN 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Communications

As a communications major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Intro to Communication COM 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Creative Writing

As a creative writing major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Narrative Techniques CWR 1100
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Economics

As an economics major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Precalculus MAT 1150
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • Macroeconomics ECO 1500 OR Microeconomics ECO 1500
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Environmental Studies

As an environmental studies major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science ENV 1500
  • Wildlife Toxicology ENV 2050
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Gender Studies

As a gender studies major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality GND 1200
  • Gender and Power PHI 2500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
History

As a history major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Any one lower-level history course
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Journalism

As a journalism major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Media JOU 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Language and Culture

As a language and culture major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • Intermediate French I FRE 2010* OR Intermediate Spanish I SPA 2010*
  • A variety of liberal arts electives

* Please email the Advising Center at advising@purchase.edu to indicate whether you are concentrating in French or Spanish.

Latin American Studies

As a Latin American studies major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Colonial Latin America HIS 2170
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Literature

As a literature major, you will be registered for the following courses:

One of the following literature courses:

  • Introduction to Literature LIT 1520
  • Live Lit LIT 1025
  • Freedom Dreams: Introduction to African-American Literature LIT 2100

And the following courses:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Mathematics/Computer Science

As a mathematics major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • Calculus I MAT 1500
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Media Studies

As a media studies major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Media Studies MSA 1050
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
New Media

As a new media major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Media Studies MSA 1050
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives

One of the following new media courses:

  • Design Principles NME 1160
  • Programming for Visual Artists NME 1450
  • Introduction to Digital Photography PHO 1100
Philosophy

As a philosophy major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • History of Philosophy I: Philosophy and the Polis PHI 1515
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Playwriting and Screenwriting

As a playwriting and screenwriting major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • History of Film Art CIN 1030
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives

One of the following playwriting and screenwriting courses:

  • Playwriting I PSW 1000 OR Screenwriting I PSW 1010
Political Science

As a political science major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to U.S. Politics POL 1570
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Psychology

As a psychology major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives

One of the following lower-level course subjects:

  • Psychology*
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

* Introduction to Psychology is not recommended for incoming freshmen.

Sociology

As a sociology major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology SOC 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Theatre and Performance

As a theatre and performance major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies THP 2020
  • Fundamentals of Acting ACT 1055
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Undeclared

As an undeclared major, you will be registered for the following courses:

  • Discovering the Arts (Lecture and Discussion) AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Any lower-level course that satisfies the Humanities core
  • A variety of liberal arts electives

Freshman

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

Incoming freshmen in a conservatory program have a first-semester course schedule that is entirely pre-determined.

New students who have paid their enrollment deposit and activated their Purchase email account should proceed to submit the online Freshman Registration Module. This will authorize the Registrar’s Office to enroll you in the essential cluster of first-semester courses included on this web page that are required based on your major and student type.

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.

To access the Freshman Registration form, click the button below and login to your Admissions portal.

Enter the personal email address that you have on file with the college.

Freshman Pre-Registration

Acting

Pre-Registration for Acting majors includes the courses below.

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Dramatic Structure ACT 1250
  • Acting 1  ACT 1010
  • Speech I & Tutorial ACT 1160
  • Voice I & Tutorial ACT 1210
  • Movement I ACT 1310
  • Script Analysis ACT 1030
  • Stage Combat I ACT 1355
Dance

Pre-Registration for Dance majors includes the courses below.

Men

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Ballet Technique DPB 1230
  • Modern Technique  DPM 1230
  • Improvisation/Composition I DPC 1010
  • Dance Production I DPD 1710
  • Music I DPD 1650
  • Special Modern: 1st Year DPM 1800
  • Somatic Practice for Dancers DPM 1550
  • Men’s Class/Variation DPB 1650
  • Ballet Partnering
  • Dance Freshman Seminar DPD 1030.20

Women

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Ballet Technique  DPB 1230
  • Modern Technique  DPM 1230
  • Improvisation/Composition I DPC 1010
  • Dance Production I DPD 1710
  • Music I DPD 1650
  • Special Modern: 1st Year DPM 1800
  • Special Ballet: 1st Year DPB 1800 or Ballet Tech: Advanced Pointe/Fr. DPB 1400
  • Somatic Practice for Dancers (H/W) DPM 1550
  • Dance Freshman Seminar DPD 1030.20
Theatre Design / Technology

Pre-Registration for Theatre Design / Technology majors includes the courses below.

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Design Fundamentals TDT 1200
  • Stage Craft  TDT 1100
  • Production I TDT 1120
  • Dramatic Structure (Hum Core) ACT 1250
Film 

Pre-Registration for Film majors includes the courses below.

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Exercises in Storytelling FLM 1090
  • Film Workshop FLM 1160
  • Intro to Cinema Studies (Hum Core) CIN 1500
  • Cinematography I FLM 2090
Music 

Pre-Registration for Music majors includes the courses below based on their program: 

Composition

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Composition Seminar MCO 3010
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Private Study MPE 4110
  • Music Theory I MTH 1010
  • Solfege I MTH 1410
  • Survey of Music History I MTH 2510
  • Chorus MUS 1250

Studio Composition

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Models I MCO 1010
  • Studio Composition I MCO 1310
  • Studio Composition Seminar MCO 1410
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Studio Ear Training I MTH 1415
  • Songwriting I MUS 1320
  • Composition Master Class MPE 4120

Studio Production

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Models I MCO 1010
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Studio Composition I MCO 1310
  • Studio Ear Training I MTH 1415
  • Digital Audio I MCO 4350
  • Production Master Class MPE 4125

Jazz Studies

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Jazz Theory I MCO 1015
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Jazz Ear Training I MTH 1430
  • Jazz Repertoire I MUS 1070
  • Jazz Improvisation I MUS 2050
  • Jazz Combos MPE 1700
  • Private Study MPE 4870

Instrumental Performance

 

 Strings
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Symphony Orchestra MPE 1201
  • Music Theory I MTH 1010
  • Solfege I MTH 1410
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Chamber Music MPE 1110
Brass
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Symphony Orchestra MPE 1201
  • Brass Performance and Ensemble MPE 1220
  • Music Theory I MTH 1010
  • Solfege I MTH 1410
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Brass Chamber Music MPE 1112
Woodwinds
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Chamber Music Class MPE 1110
  • Symphony Orchestra MPE 1201
  • Wind Performance Class MPE 1210
  • Music Theory I MTH 1010
  • Solfege I MTH 1410
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
Guitar
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Music Theory I MTH 1010
  • Private Study: Guitar MPE 4210
  • Solfege I MTH 1410
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Chamber Music Class MPE 1110
  • Guitar Ensemble MPE 1450
  • Guitar Performance Class MPE 1400
  • Chorus MUS 1250
Percussion
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Private Study: Percussion MPE 4220
  • Percussion Performance Class MPE 1230
  • Music Theory I MTH 1010
  • Solfege I MTH 1410
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Symphony Orchestra MPE 1201
Piano
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Chamber Music Class MPE 1110
  • Slight Reading Workshop MPE 1850
  • Survey of Music History I MTH 2510
  • Music Theory I MTH 1010
  • Solfege I MTH 1410

Voice and Opera Studies

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • Music Freshman Seminar MUS 1040
  • Beginning Italian ITA 1010
  • Italian Art Song Literature I MPE 1370
  • IPA/Italian Diction I MPE 1380
  • Private Study MPE 4005
  • Music Theory I MTH 1010
  • Vocal Ear Training I MTH 1436
  • Keyboard Studies I MPE 1010
  • Chorus MUS 1250

Visual Arts 

Pre-Registration for all Visual Arts majors includes the courses below.

  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • ComX  (Freshman Seminar) VIS 1050
  • Visual Language VIS 1080

Plus:

  • Extended Media VIS 1070
  • Lens and Time VIS 1330

Or:

  • Foundation Drawing VIS 1060
  • 3D Processes VIS 2060

Transfers

New Transfers who have paid their enrollment deposit and activated their Purchase email account should follow the steps below to complete the Transfer Advising Module and schedule an individual advising appointment.

Learn How to Activate and Check Your Purchase Email by watching this short video.

You will receive your Alternate PIN at the end of your webinar or individual appointment, which will enable you to register yourself for courses online through myHeliotrope.

Students will be assigned to an official academic advisor at the beginning of the semester.

Step 1 - Complete the Transfer Advising Module

Begin the registration process by completing the short Transfer Advising Module that will help you understand your academic degree requirements, use the Course Search, and prepare to register. You will receive your Alternate PIN after completing the module, which will enable you to register yourself for courses online through myHeliotrope.

Transfer Advising Module

Available Beginning Monday, May 20, 2019

Step 2 - Schedule Your Individual Advising Appointment

Once you have completed the Transfer Advising Module, we encourage you to schedule an individual phone or in-person advising appointment 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.

Music Majors: Schedule your appointment with Ryan Homsey or Nick Dorot
Visual Arts Majors: Schedule your appointment with Dianne Hebbert

Schedule Your Individual Advising Appointment 

Appointments Begin Thursday, May 23, 2019
In-Person Appointments are Highly Recommended

Step 3 - Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

1. Review the academic requirements for your major.
Go to Academics, select your major, then click on “requirements” from the right side bar.

2. Review the traditional four-year sequence of courses for your major.
Go to 8-Semester Graduation Plans, select your major, then examine the curriculum.

3. Review your Degree Progress Report to see how your transfer credits are being applied to your new degree program, and to understand your remaining degree requirements.

4. Review the Course Search to see which courses are being offered for the upcoming term.

5. Prepare a list of open and available courses that satisfy your academic interests and degree requirements that you can review during your advising appointment.

6. Prepare a list of questions to ask during your advising appointment.

Step 4 - Send Updated College Transcripts and AP Scores

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

If you haven’t done so already, send all AP scores from College Board to Purchase College. Our college code is 2878. 

On-Campus Housing

If you receive an on-campus housing assignment, then you must be registered for at least  8 credits by August 1st and at least 12 credits by the end of the add/drop period. If you receive a housing assignment after August 1st, then you must be registered for at least 8 credits by the first day of the spring semester and at least 12 credits by the end of the add/drop period. However, students typically need to register for 15-17 credits each term in order to stay on track to graduate.

All students living on campus must be registered for at least 12 credits by the end of the add/drop period.