The multidimensional bubble P that is the official symbol for Orientation Welcome!

Orientation at Purchase College is our time to welcome and support new students and their families as they transition to the Purchase College community by building meaningful connections between the students, faculty, and staff.

By introducing our academic programs, support services, and co-curricular opportunities, we set the stage for continued growth intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

At Orientation, you will be part of a small group of new students, led by a Student Orientation Leader (SOL). SOLs serve as the “know it alls” of the campus. They will answer questions, help you find your way around campus, and encourage you to make friends!

Pre-Orientation Institute 

Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00pm EST.

This virtual experience is optional, but recommended for students and their family members who need
or want specific information on:

  • Counseling & Behavioral Health Services
  • Office of Disability Resources
  • Student Financial Services
  • Academic Advising & Class Registration
  • Campus Housing

Register for Pre-Orientation Institute 

Summer Orientation 2022

Summer orientation dates are Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21. You’ll attend a single day, and registration will begin on June 1, 2022 at 12pm EST. 

*Orientation for EOP/MAP and Success Fellows will be on  Monday, July 18. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend Orientation on Thursday, July 21.*

Register for Session I : July 18

Register for Session II: July 19

Register for Session III: July 20

Register for Session IV: July 21 

Students are allowed to bring two guest only. Each guest must pay a guest fee of $40.00 (plus the processing fee) for each guest.

First-year? Transfer? What am I?

Most students entering college directly from high school are considered first-year students (aka freshmen). Students who have taken courses for credit after completing high school are considered transfers.

However, at Purchase College, there are some circumstances when those rules do not apply!

For example: Dance, film, theatre design/technology, and acting students who have taken college courses after completing high school are still considered first year. These majors are sequential four-year programs here; therefore, anyone entering one of these programs will start with their first year.

Please note, if you are an international student who has been issued an initial I-20, you are required to first attend the International Student Orientation.