What is the Family Advisory Council?

The Purchase College Family Advisory Council is a passionate group of Purchase parents serving the college as leaders, mentors, and advisers. They discuss important challenges and opportunities related to student life and how to provide an exceptional experience for students. The council is a rewarding way to share in your student’s college years.

Although all parents of undergraduate students receive resources from the Office of Residential and Student Life and are invited to be partners in their student’s education, council members take an active role at the college by serving as liaisons between the college and parents.

The Purchase College Family Advisory Council members also provide insight and advice from the parent/family perspective to current and prospective families, serve as a sounding board and communication liaison for college leadership. This team of parents focus on safety, wellness, leadership, and career development while collaborating with key college staff.

The efforts, energy, and time our members will give will shape the college’s services and support for our students. Ideal applicants are energetic, creative, and dedicated to the improvement of the college and its support of students and their families.


The mission of the Purchase College Family Advisory Council is to engage Purchase parents and families in activities that promote the college and enrich their students’ undergraduate experience, to create and foster a collaborative partnership and improve communication between the parents and the college, to make Purchase an environment where family members network, learn about the college, and support and contribute to the academic and personal wellbeing of all students.

Composition & Eligibility

The Advisory Council consists of up to 20 members. Married couples may serve as a unit, as applicable. Purchase College determines and fills necessary positions and creates exceptions in consultation with Family Council members. All members are approved by Purchase College and must complete the Council Membership Form.

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will open the summer of 2021.