EOP/MAP provides this mandatory supplemental program in order to orient you to different aspects of the college including services on campus that are important to your success.  We have planned workshops and activities which will help you to become familiar with college life.  In addition, we will provide you with academic/financial aid advising.  It is important to come prepared with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn.

Our goal is to have this Pre-Freshman Summer Program equip you with the informational foundation that will help ensure your success.  Great care has gone into planning this summer experience.  The critical element in achieving academic success at Purchase is the time and effort you apply toward your college experience.  EOP/MAP provides you with information and support but success ultimately is up to you.

This Summer Program is your beginning.  Make it a good one!

When is the Pre-Freshman Summer Program?

Both the EOP and MAP programs happen directly after the student attends the college’s orientation. The duration of each summer program is below:

MAP: Thursday, July 19th - Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
EOP: Thursday, July 19th - Thursday, July 26th, 2018

What is the Pre-Freshman Summer Program?

As a freshman admitted to Purchase College through the Educational Opportunity  Program (EOP) or Merit Access Program (MAP), you will be participating in a rewarding experience.  You will be on campus for an extended period of time where you will get a head start on your college career by becoming familiar with the campus, its community, students and staff.

The EOP/MAP Summer Program is mandatory for all first year students.  You will live on campus during this time, which will help you begin to adjust to college life (academic and social).

Students admitted to EOP/MAP must attend this summer program in addition to the college’s orientation session 3 on July 19th and the “Phase T.W.O. Orientation” program August 23rd-26th.

EOP/MAP will fund the entire cost of the summer program, including a residence hall room and a meal plan of 3 meals a day.  There are vending machines and retail stores available to purchase snacks. Transportation to/from Purchase College is the student’s responsibility. A Purchase College orientation fee will appear on your bill for Fall 2018.  This fee is for the college’s orientation on July 19th, not EOP/MAP’s Summer Program. You must actively participate in both.

Check in/Sign in Procedure

CHECK-IN PROCEDURE (before the college’s orientation)

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

TIME:  Check in between 8:00 am-8:30am

You will be checking in at the table labeled “EOP/MAP” in the entrance of the “Farside” residence hall, leave your belongings in your assigned room and proceed to the Performing Arts Center for the college’s Orientation check-in.

Students requiring special accommodations should contact their EOP/MAP counselor as soon as possible. 

PROCEDURE (after the college’s orientation) 

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

 TIME:  Sign-in is from 4:30PM until 5:00PM. (Immediately after the Purchase College Summer Orientation concludes.)

You will be signing in with the EOP/MAP Peer Mentor Staff at the  “Farside” residence hall. You will pick up an EOP/MAP Summer Program Schedule at the designated table, where you will meet your Peer Mentor. The program officially begins with a semi-formal dinner at 6PM.

Please be aware that students will receive a pouch in which their cell phone will be locked. The cell phone will remain in the student’s possession, however the pouch will not be unlocked until the student checks out. 

During business hours, parents/guardians will be able to reach you by contacting the EOP/MAP office at (914)251-6520. Students will also be able to use the office phone to contact their parent/guardian as needed. In case of an emergency during evening hours, parents/guardians will be able to reach their student by calling the University Police Department (UPD) at (914)251-6900. UPD will be able to contact the EOP/MAP staff to get in touch with you. 

What should I bring?

These are suggestions of things you may wish to bring to the Summer Program.  Please keep in mind that you will be here for 3 (MAP) or 7 (EOP) days.  (You must bring your own sheets, pillow, towels, pillowcase and blanket). 

For your room 

  • Blankets, sheets, pillow, towels
  • Hangers
  • Alarm Clock (not your cell phone alarm
  • Desk Lamp
  • Fan


  • Swimsuit (a swim cap is required if swimming)
  • Personal toiletries/Shower footwear
  • Umbrella
  • A watch/alarm clock
  • Money for snacks, miscellaneous
  • Bottled water/beverages and snacks
  • Semi-formal attire for opening dinner
  • Necessary medication (notify staff prior to attending)
  • Detergent for laundry

You may also want to bring a sweatshirt for the air-conditioned classrooms.

You must be sure that all items of value are locked in your room when you are away from the residence hall.   Cell phones will be locked in a pouch at sign-in and will be unlocked upon checkout. 

 The College/EOP/MAP is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.


Parking is available on campus but you will need to purchase a campus parking permit.  Please let us know prior to your arrival if you plan to leave your car on campus.  You will not be permitted to use your vehicle during the EOP/MAP summer  program.


  • Laptops, Tablets
  • TV’s
  • Incense/candles
  • Pets



What will I be doing?

Summer Program Housing

Students will reside in “Farside” residence hall.  This is a corridor style building in which students live with a roommate.  Peer Mentors are current outstanding EOP/MAP  students who will also be staying in the hall and are accessible in the event that you need assistance in the evening.

CELL PHONE USE IS NOT PERMITTED DURING THE EOP/MAP SUMMER PROGRAM.  Parents will be able to reach you by contacting the EOP/MAP office at (914)251-6520 during business hours. You will also have access to computers for email, etc.


All summer program participants are assigned a professional EOP/MAP Counselor who will meet with them on an individual and group basis.  This is usually the counselor who interviewed you. This is an opportunity for students and counselors to become acquainted.  It will also be an ideal time to get answers to questions regarding financial aid, course selection, housing, fall orientation, etc.

Students will keep their Counselor assignment throughout their years at Purchase.  However, students are welcome to meet with either of the EOP/MAP Counselors or the Director, as they wish.

The EOP/MAP offices are located on the second floor of the Student Services Building.

A link to the campus map can be found here.

Office Phone:  (914) 251-6520

Office Fax:    (914) 251-6526

Email: eopmap@purchase.edu


Instructional Content

The summer program offers a writing mini-course (EOP only) and a series of workshops which are designed to help students become familiar with important aspects of campus life.

Workshops cover the topics of financial aid, career development, academic integrity and more. The information disseminated in these workshops  should have a major impact on easing a student’s transition from a high school graduate to a Purchase College student. There will be planned activities in the evening for both EOP and MAP.  The Peer Mentor staff will inform the students of these programs during their initial evening Hall Meeting on July 19th. 

Financial Aid

Make sure you have completed and submitted all necessary documents.  It is important that you know whether or not the Office of Financial Aid has received all documents requested.  You should have already received an email notification of your financial aid award letter.  You can review your financial aid award letter via “myHeliotrope” on the Purchase College website. The Fall Semester Campus bill must be paid by August 15th in order to avoid late fees.

Recreational Activities

There will be some time for students to utilize the Physical Education facilities, which feature a fitness center, swimming pool, racquetball, tennis and basketball courts.  Swim caps are required in order to use the pool. Students will also participate in Boundless Adventure’s rope courses. The admission fee to use the rope courses will be covered by the program. 

 The following must be submitted to the college by August;

  1. Immunization record
  2. Meningitis form 
  3. Physical Exam (must be submitted before you begin classes in August.)
  4. Online course registration information for Fall 2018 was sent to the email listed on your Admissions Application mid May. 

Freshman Registration Instruction Link: https://www.purchase.edu/offices/advising-center/new-student-registration/

Online Registration must be submitted by July 1st.

  1. Clear eBill by August 15th.

We are available to assist you throughout the summer with the registration process.

Peer Mentoring

Each Summer Program participant is assigned a Peer Mentor. This student peer will work with you to make your residential experience a positive one.  Their role is to:

  • Develop and monitor social interaction and extracurricular activities.
  • Provide feedback to the EOP/MAP staff regarding student progress and needs.
  • Handle emergency situations and review any discipline problems with the director.
  • Provide feedback and assistance to students.
  • Enforce rules/regulations regarding residence hall conduct.
  • Build and encourage group cohesiveness for student/program success.
  • Represent the Purchase community and orient the 1st year student to resources and opportunities.
  • Continue supervised peer mentorship in the Fall Semester as an intern.

Participation in any of the following activities may result in immediate expulsion from the summer program, campus judicial action and revocation of your admission to the college.

  1. Any disruptive, violent or dangerous behavior directed at oneself, another person, or college property.
  2. Use and/or possession of any controlled substance, including alcohol and marijuana (cannabis).
  3. Violation of program and/or campus policies.
  4. Leaving campus during the program without prior staff approval.

Program Policies, Procedures and Rules

The EOP/MAP summer program is designed to introduce you to the college environment and to help maximize your potential for academic and personal growth while at Purchase College.  In order to fulfill the objectives of the Summer Program, the following regulations must be observed:

  1. Attendance: Workshops and Other Scheduled Activities: You are required to attend all workshops and program meetings.  The only excused absences are for personal illness (you must report to the Student Health Center and be cleared to miss workshops or program meetings).  Program staff monitor attendance.  (An important part of succeeding in college).  Plan to arrive 5 minutes prior to the beginning of class/scheduled activities.
  2. Workshop Decorum: It is unacceptable for students to engage in any form of disruptive behavior.  Students should be alert, attentive, and respectful of their workshop leaders, classmates and themselves.  Hats, sunglasses, and headphones/earbuds are prohibited in the classroom.
  3. Curfew/Courtesy Hours are observed and are in effect 24 hours a day. If asked by another resident or Peer Mentor to keep noise down, students are expected to comply as a courtesy to others.

 Students must be in their residence hall by 11:00 p.m. each evening and in their room by 12:00 midnight.

In addition to the above policies, all students are required to follow the college’s code of conduct

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