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.
Summer 2018 Orientation Dates
All first-year students beginning in fall 2018 are assigned to one of the one-day Orientation sessions which will occur on July 17, 18 and 19, 2018.
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.
All assignments for first-year student Orientation sessions have been sent.
Phase T.W.O. Orientation 2018
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 23–Sunday, August 26. 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 22.
EOP & MAP Students
All new EOP & MAP Students will be assigned to Thursday, July 19 as their summer program begins immediately after Orientation. To better prepare yourself with your Summer Program please utilize these resources.
EOP Student Summer Program: Only applicable to students accepted to the EOP program.
- MAP Student Summer Program: Only applicable to students accepted to the MAP program.
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
Freshmen must be registered for 12 or more credits by July 1, 2018. 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 on May 14, 2018. Please refer to the Advising Center, New Student Registration directions and educational video and worksheet to complete your registration process.