Woo-hoo, you’re coming to Purchase! Congratulations!
We are looking forward to getting to know you and helping you succeed over the next few years! College is a new beginning and we realize that it can be a little intimidating, but through a one-day Orientation program, we will provide you with many resources and services that will assist in the transition to the college.
Although they might not want to admit it, parents and family members are nervous about your college experience too! Don’t worry, you can focus on your transition and we will work with the members of your support system to acclimate them to Purchase during their own Orientation program.
What to Expect at Orientation
This will be a fast-paced day full of high energy and excitement! The entire Purchase community prepares for your arrival; makes sure that you are introduced to campus life, resources on and off campus, and academics; and, most importantly, connects you to your fellow classmates.
Also, you will definitely work up an appetite at Orientation; but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Continental breakfast and lunch are provided for all who attend as well as snacks and drinks throughout the day. Special dietary needs are no problem; just make sure to let us know so that we can make special arrangements.
Students who are new to our campus for the Spring 2019 semester, should attend a Transfer & New Student Orientation Program on Tuesday, January 22,2019. This event begins at 1:00pm and held in the Music Building Recital Hall.
Resident students will move in the morning of Tuesday, January 22 before Orientation begins. Commuter students should also plan to visit campus on this day and attend Orientation.
Summer 2019 Orientation Dates
All first-year students beginning in fall 2019 are assigned to one of the one-day Orientation sessions which will occur on July 16, 17, or18.
Parents and guest are not required to attend, but their attendance is welcomed and encouraged — we have a separate schedule of sessions, just for them! If a parent or guardian is interested in attending Orientation with you, please register them when you confirm your session.
These assignments will be sent electronically the week of May 28.
Phase T.W.O. Orientation 2019
There is so much to cover at Orientation that we need a few extra days to do it! In August, all new students (residents and commuters) are required to attend events held on Thursday, August 22–Sunday, August 25. A schedule of events will be posted at a later date.
All new students who are residents will move into their housing assignments on Wednesday, August 21.
EOP & MAP Students
All new EOP & MAP Students will be assigned to Thursday, July 18 as their summer program begins immediately after Orientation. To better prepare yourself with your Summer Program please utilize these resources.
Applicable information for students who have been invited and accepted into the Success Fellows program.
Date Assignments and Confirmations
Purchase College Orientation staff will arrange all date assignments which will be sent via email with all mandatory registration information during the end of May. In that email there are instructions for students to confirm their mandatory attendance information regarding paying for parents or guests. Students do not sign up for a specific Orientation date prior to assignments being sent.
Important Registration Information
New residential students beginning in spring 2018 must be registered for classes by January 14.
Freshmen beginning in fall 2019 must be registered for 12 or more credits by July 1, 2019. Freshmen who have housing assignments and do not meet the registration deadline will be removed from housing and have their $250.00 housing deposit forfeited.
New first year student registration begins in May 2019. Please refer to the Advising Center, New Student Registration directions and educational video and worksheet to complete your registration process.