Frequently Asked Questions
Updates related to COVID-19
Updates on Summer 2021:
General Biology I & II labs will be remote and synchronous, but will not have a hands-on experimental component this year. Students will interpret and analyze experimentally generated data, but will not perform the actual experiments; dissections will also incorporate simulated activities.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II labs will be remote and synchronous, using a virtual courseware platform that includes access to the e-Book laboratory simulations, interactive activities, and a virtual cadaver that we will use to “dissect” to focus on the anatomy. Registered students will be given information on how to purchase the courseware prior to the course start dates.
General Chemistry I & II labs will be remote and synchronous. Students use lab kits purchased ahead of time to conduct experiments facilitated by the instructors. Registered students will be provided information on how to purchase the lab kits. There is one kit designed for each lab course and those who register for both labs can purchase a combination kit at a reduced cost.
Visiting students should contact their home institutions for pre-approval.keep reading FAQ»
For Summer 2021, if a student is in need of summer housing, they can reach out to the Office of Community Engagement and the issue is handled on a case-by-case basis. A final decision will not be made until closer to the end of the Spring 2021 semester.
In the past, students taking summer courses were able to apply for housing while the class was in session as long as it was in-person. Housing was only offered while the class was active and not the entire summer.keep reading FAQ»
The alternative S/D/F grading option will NOT be available. The Pass/No-credit option continue to be available. Check the Academic Calendar to see the deadline.keep reading FAQ»
Registration and Payment
You should discuss your registration with your advisor.keep reading FAQ»
Most likely the course wasn’t paid or paid in full. Re-register and make sure you follow the payment instructions in the email sent to you by the office of Student Financial Services. You would need to (re)activate and regularly check your Purchase email.keep reading FAQ»
You will get an email in your Purchase email account that you will have a window of 24 hours to register for the course. Make sure you pay in full by the payment deadline notified to you by email to secure the registration.keep reading FAQ»
You can register up to the day the session starts, but we don’t recommend you wait that long. Courses may fill, or conversely get cancelled due to low enrollment. You may still register in the add/drop period, with an additional $40 late fee, if it is your first registration in the semester.keep reading FAQ»
No. You won’t need a PIN to sign up. You can log into MyHeliotrope, do a course search for the session (e.g., Summer 2021), and choose from the course schedule to register.keep reading FAQ»
You can ask the instructor or Di Yu for a sample syllabus.keep reading FAQ»
Tutoring service is available online with our partner Thinking Storm (on-demand 24/7).
- Math – Basic Math through Multivariable Calculus, including Statistics
- Sciences – Biology, Chemistry
- Advanced topics: Human AP, Finance in the Arts, etc. scheduled in advance.
Format: live chat, whiteboard, file upload. Students can access tutoring from Moodle.keep reading FAQ»
If you will be taking an online or hybrid course, log into Purchase College Moodle to view the course. The course page will be available 4 days prior to the start of the session. You can also log into Moodle from the Current Students Portal. Also, you should make sure to (re)activate and regularly check your Purchase email account to communicate with your instructor.keep reading FAQ»