Schedule a Visit
We encourage you to visit and get a sense of our campus community. Whether you are just starting the college search process or you have been offered admission to the college, there are a variety of visit options to suit your needs. Please explore all of the options described below to select the one that is right for you.
Frequently called a "city within the country," Purchase College sits on a spacious 500-plus acre estate in Westchester County, 10 minutes from downtown White Plains and just 30 miles north of Manhattan. With almost all the buildings centered within a great open space, Purchase College provides students with a vibrant and welcoming environment where they can study, collaborate, and create.
Our progressively designed campus continues to develop through our new construction efforts. Want to see the progress for yourself? Take a look at our past, present and future improvements.Online registration via a MyPurchase account is required for all visits. We recommend that you schedule your visit two weeks in advance.
INFORMATION SESSIONS AND CAMPUS TOURS
Information Sessions (Fall & Spring Semesters Only)
General campus tours and information sessions will run on Mondays at 10:00am, Fridays at 10:00am and 2:00pm and select Saturdays at 10:00am and 1:00pm throughout the semester. *If you are interested in any Natural Science programs please include that in your visit request*
Conducted by an admissions representative, this 50 minute session is designed to provide prospective students and their families with an overview of our academic programs, admissions requirements and application process. A general campus tour immediately follows each information session during the academic year.
Visit Dates and Registration **Note** Please search by "Tour & Information Session"
CAMPUS TOURS (Year-Round)
Offered year round, this comprehensive tour includes classroom buildings, residence halls, dining facilities, the library and more! A Campus Tour follows all Information Sessions during the academic year.
If you are interested in a group visit please click on the "School Group Visits" tab below.
Tours have ended for the summer. Thank you for visiting!
CANCELLATIONS - For information about cancellations of Information Sessions & Tours due to inclement weather please call the Admissions main number (914) 251-6300.
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS TOURS
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS VISIT (Fall and Spring Semesters Only)
Available on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM during the academic year, the presentation and tours are designed specifically for students interested in the Conservatory of Music, Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the School of Film and Media Studies, and the School of Art+Design.
This three part day includes:
- A tour of our Residence Hall, Dining Facilities, and Library at 10 AM.
- An Admissions Information Session at 11 AM.
- A tour of the Visual and/or Performing Art facilities of your interest at 12:15/12:30 PM.
Visit Dates and Registration **Note** Please search by 'Arts Campus Tour'
NOTE: Students interested in the Conservatory of Dance please click on the "Conservatory of Dance Visits" tab below.
Open Houses are a great way for prospective undergraduates and their families to explore Purchase College and get a sense of our community. Take a campus tour, connect with our students, faculty and staff and gain valuable information about the application process, academic programs, and vibrant student life. The Office of Admissions hosts one Fall Open House and one Spring Junior Open House.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAYS
Express Decision Portfolio Review Day
Friday, February 7, 2014
This event provides students with the opportunity to:
- Have portfolio artwork reviewed by Art+Design faculty from various collegiate institutions*
- Tour the campus and visual arts facilities
- Learn more about the BFA and BS degree programs
offered in the School of Art+Design
*NOTE: BFA Film and BFA Theatre Design/Technology programs are NOT included in Portfolio Days. For information on portfolio requirements for these programs visit our application instructions page
For more information and registration please visit the event website at www.purchase.edu/portfolioday.
TRANSFER & LIBERAL STUDIES INFORMATION SESSIONS
Learn all about transferring into one of our 30+ traditional Liberal Arts and Science majors as well as opportunities to complete your degree within our Liberal Studies Program. Designed for transfer students who need flexibility, convenience and maximization of credits, the Liberal Studies program will enrich your understanding of the Liberal Arts while providing you with the tools to meet everyday work and life challenges. Liberal Studies is the only program that offer students the opportunity for full-time, part-time, evening, weekend, and online study.
Join us for an informal, personal session to learn about these programs, admission process and flexible course schedules. Information on credit-bearing professional certificate programs as well as alternative ways to earn credit will be discussed.
REGISTER HERE Please search by ‘Transfer Events’**NOTE** Tours will not follow these Information Sessions. If you are interested in a campus tour register in the ‘Information sessions and campus tours.'
CONSERVATORY OF DANCE VISITS
CONSERVATORY OF DANCE VISITS (Fall and Spring Semester Only)
Students interested in studying Dance, don't miss this opportunity! Offered on select Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the academic year, the visit affords students the opportunity to tour the dance building, observe a dance class and participate in an abbreviated campus tour including a tour of the residence halls.
**Please be advised that there will be no guided tours or information sessions from December 16th through January 27th due to the student winter vacation.**
Visit Dates and Registration Space is limited, so register early. **Note** Please search by "Conservatory of Dance Visit"
ACCEPTED STUDENT EVENTS
ACCEPTED STUDENT EVENTS
Accepted Student Events are a great way to explore the college and connect with the Purchase College community. Accepted Students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous events throughout the spring semester!
Register Now! Accepted Student Events are scheduled for:
For more information visit the Accepted Students Events Page!
IMMEDIATE DECISION DAYS
Immediate Decision Day
Immediate Decision Day is an opportunity for qualified freshman Liberal Arts & Sciences applicants to participate in a quick, simple, and personalized admissions process. See a list of Liberal Arts & Science majors (BA programs) available at Purchase College. This day is recommended for students for whom Purchase College is a top choice.
SCHOOL GROUP VISITS
SCHOOL GROUP VISITS (Fall and Spring Semesters only)
Designed for groups of 10 or more, these visits are for high school students representing an educational institution or a community agency. Group Visits generally consist of a presentation by an Admissions Advisor and a guided tour of campus.
Applications from all groups are welcome, however, priority is given to Community Based Organizations. For information regarding visiting please visit the Campus Visit page.
Purchase College does not offer evaluative interviews for admissions except for select programs in the Visual and Performing Arts. These interviews occur during the application process by invitation only.
However, if you are interested in speaking with an admissions counselor you can arrange an informative interview. These interviews must be made in advance on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by calling the Office of Admissions at 914-251-6300.
The lack of an interview will not have an adverse impact on your admissions decision.
*last edited 8/28/2013