Orientation at Purchase College aims 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.

2017 Orientation Leader Staff

Through introducing students to our academic programs, support services, and co-curricular opportunities, we set the stage for students to continue to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Freshman? 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 considered freshmen. These programs are four-year programs at Purchase College; 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.  This is held August 21-22, 2018.