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 Community Engagement 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.

  • Assist the Purchase administration as needed in program planning, development, and volunteering at events such as Orientation, Move-In, Family Weekend, Open House and Admitted Student Day.
  • Serve on parent panels at orientation/move in and admission and alumni events.
  • Serve as a regional representative in your area by attending recruitment events hosted by Purchase Enrollment Management, acting as a contact person for prospective and first year Purchase families in your area, and building relationships with your local admissions recruiter and Alumni chapter.
  • Be knowledgeable of campus resources, activities, and services and share information with other Purchase parents.
  • Provide new ideas, feedback and suggestions to the Office of Community Engagement for bettering parent engagement strategies, programs and services.
  • Participate in digital platforms such as: writing for the Parent & Family newsletter, participating in online chats or webinars, or communicating with families via social media.
  • Encourage new members of the college community to participate in college activities and join the Family Advisory Council.
  • Hosting students over the holidays (if willing)
  • Participate in career networking events for Purchase students.

Each Council Member must commit to a term of one (1) year, unless the member’s student graduates or is no longer enrolled at the college before the term ends.

Members who wish to serve additional terms may do so by submitting a new Council Membership Form.

A member can voluntarily withdraw from the Council at any time by submitting a written resignation. Likewise, Council members can be dismissed at any time by not abiding by or fulfilling the following:

  • Expectations of Council as stated above
  • Other reasons deemed necessary by Purchase College

The Family Advisory Council meets in person each fall semester over the Family Weekend (but communicates regularly throughout the year [participate in conference calls twice a year]) to learn ways to support students, discuss issues concerning parents, interact with college administration and serve as the voice of all Purchase parents.