Freshman

The deadline to follow the steps below and complete the
Freshman Registration Form is Wednesday, May 6, 2020.


Step One

Start by paying the enrollment deposit and activating your Purchase email account. If you need help with this process, then watch the short video on How to Activate and Check Your Purchase Email.


Step Two

Watch the two short videos that will teach you How to Understand the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and How to Use the Course Search. The knowledge that you acquire from these videos will also be necessary for you to complete the Freshman Registration Form in Step Three.


Step Three

Login through the Application Portal to complete the online Freshman Registration Form. This will authorize the college to enroll you in a full course schedule based on your major and student type in accordance with the information on this web page.


Step Four - Optional

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. The previous steps will prepare students to make informed decisions on how to modify their course schedule.No changes can be made prior to receiving the PIN.

PINS are currently scheduled to be sent to students’
Purchase email address beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020.

 
Note: Incoming freshmen in a conservatory program have a first-semester course schedule that is entirely pre-determined. Students in these programs cannot make changes to their course schedule and they will not receive their Alternate PIN.


Course Registration Information

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

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

First-Semester Courses by Major

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

See the Course Search for course descriptions, faculty, days/times, credits, and the 5-digit course registration number (CRN). Freshmen pursuing a B.A. or B.S. degree 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 B.A./B.S. degrees.

Anthropology
  • 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
  • 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
  • Discovering the Arts (Lecture and Discussion) AOA 1000
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Biology
  • 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
  • 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
  • Introduction to Cinema Studies CIN 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Communications
  • Intro to Communication COM 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Creative Writing
  • Narrative Techniques CWR 1100
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Economics
  • Precalculus MAT 1150
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • Macroeconomics ECO 1500 OR Microeconomics ECO 1500
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Environmental Studies
  • Introduction to Environmental Science ENV 1500
  • Wildlife Toxicology ENV 2050
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Gender Studies
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality GND 1200
  • Gender and Power PHI 2500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
History
  • Any one lower-level history course
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Journalism
  • Introduction to Media JOU 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Language and Culture
  • 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
  • Colonial Latin America HIS 2170
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Literature

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
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • Calculus I MAT 1500
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Media Studies
  • Introduction to Media Studies MSA 1050
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
New Media
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Introduction to U.S. Politics POL 1570
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Psychology
  • 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
  • Introduction to Sociology SOC 1500
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
  • College Writing WRI 1110
  • A variety of liberal arts electives
Theatre and Performance
  • 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
  • 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

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.),
Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts (B.S.V.A.)

Acting
  • 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

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

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 

  • 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

Transfer Credits

Review our Transfer Credit Policy and our Transfer Equivalencies Database to learn how courses taken at other colleges will transfer to Purchase. While all transfer credits from former institutions are evaluated for credit articulation, some major-specific credits may be ineligible to transfer. If necessary, the evaluation of any possible transfer credits for major degree requirements will be completed by your academic department.

Note: 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.


Step One - Get Set Up

  • Start by paying the enrollment deposit and activating your Purchase email account. If you need help with this process, then watch the short video on How to Activate and Check Your Purchase Email.
  • Send all AP scores from College Board to Purchase College. Our college code is 2878.
  • 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

Step Two - Schedule an Advisement Appointment

  • Schedule an individual phone or in-person advisement 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 Alexandria Schaefer.
  • You will receive your Alternate PIN after your advisement appointment, which will enable you to register yourself for courses online through myHeliotrope.

The Online Appointment Calendar will be Available in June 2020.


Step Three - Prepare for Your Advisement Appointment

  • Review the academic requirements for your major. Go to Academics, select your major, then click on “requirements” from the right side bar.
  • Watch the two short videos that will teach you How to Understand the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and How to Use the Course Search.
  • Login to myHeliotrope to 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.
  • Use the Course Search and the Add/Drop form to prepare a list of open and available courses that satisfy your academic interests and degree requirements that you can review during your advising appointment.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask during your advisement appointment!

On-Campus Housing

Fall 2020

Freshman: If you receive an on-campus housing assignment, then you must be registered for at least 12 credits by July 1, 2020.

Transfers: If you receive an on-campus housing assignment, then you must be registered for at least  8 credits by July 31, 2020 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.

Spring 2021

All new students who receive an on-campus housing assignment must be registered for at least 8 credits by January 11, 2021.