Welcome to Purchase College! The faculty and staff look forward to meeting you as you embark on the next step in your artistic and professional journey.
You should be in the process of registering for classes, if you aren’t already done so. Adjustments can be made up until the end of the add/drop period. If you haven’t started this process, please contact the coordinator of your school or conservatory:
Art History—Jonah Westerman
email@example.com Phone: 914-251-6577
Visual Arts—Julian Osorio
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 914-251-6752
Entrepreneurship in the Arts—Jordan Shue
email@example.com Phone: 914-251-6700
2023 Graduate Orientation and Welcome Events
Friday, August 25
Graduate Orientation, Humanities Building Lobby
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch, Welcome Remarks, and Student
1:15pm-1:45pm: Tour of Purchase College Library
1:45pm-2:30pm: Visit to the More Card office for IDs, followed by a self-guided tour of the Neuberger Museum of Art
Wednesday, August 30
8th Annual Welcome Back Graduate Cookout on the lawn between the Children’s Center and the Visual Arts Building
All incoming and current graduate students are invited to the Annual Graduate Cookout on the lawn between the Children’s Center and the Visual Arts Building to meet one another and graduate faculty over burgers and hot dogs to celebrate the start of the academic year. Vegetarian options will be available.
ID Card, Parking Pass, and
The Parking and Card Office, located on the first floor of Campus Center North, is the central hub for ID cards, parking passes, and meal plan information.
The first time you come to campus, either for orientation or class, you should get your ID card (aka “More Card”). Please bring a government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to the Parking and Card Office, which is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm. This card functions as your library card and your meal plan card if you have one.
Please note: During the beginning of the semester there may be longer wait times due to the high volume of students getting new ID cards. To avoid longer lines, you can also upload your own selfie that will go onto your campus ID card. Make sure to read the photo upload information so that your photo is accepted.
While you may park in the West 2 parking lots in unrestricted spaces for Orientation, you will need to get a parking hang tag by the end of the first week of classes so that you do not receive a ticket. You can purchase a parking permit online or you can do it in person at the Parking and Transportation Office. Passes are $20 and you will need to provide your driver’s license number and know your car’s make, model, and license plate number.
If you don’t have a meal plan, you can also put “dining dollars” on your More Card to purchase food tax-free in the dining areas on campus. We highly recommend it!
Childcare on Campus
The Children’s Center is a childcare center located on the Purchase College, State University of New York, campus. It has been providing the highest quality of early care and education in a safe, happy, healthy, and inclusive learning environment since 1973.
It provides full-time childcare for children between 18 months and 5 years of age and welcome families from Purchase College as well as the surrounding community.
The center is licensed by the Office for Children and Family Services. For more information, visit The Children’s Center website or call them at 914-251-6895.