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ScheduleVisit Campus PictureWe 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 Tours

Conducted by a member of the Admissions team, our information sessions generally last 50 minutes and are followed by a campus tour. Campus tours are conducted by student ambassadors and include opportunities to see a residence hall, academic buildings, and campus eateries. To get a true sense of campus we strongly encourage you to schedule a visit! Please click "Dates and Registration" below and search by the category, "Tour & Information Session" for upcoming availabilities.

Dates and Registration

CANCELLATIONS - For information about cancellations of Information Sessions & Tours due to inclement weather please call the Admissions main number (914) 251-6300.

Fall & Spring Only
Select Mondays at 10:00am
Select Fridays at 10:00am & 2:00pm
Select Saturdays at 10:00am & 12:00pm

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.

*If you are interested in any of our Natural Science programs please include that in your visit request*

Dates and Registration
**Note: Search by 'Tour & Information Session'


Fall and Spring Only
Wednesdays Only

Designed specifically for students interested in the Conservatory of Music,Conservatory of Theatre Arts, School of Film and Media Studies, and the School of Art+Design, this three part day includes:

10AM: Tour of Residence Hall, Dining Facilities, and Library
11AM: Information Session
12:15PM: Tour of the Visual and/or Performing Art Facilities

*Students interested in the Conservatory of Dance please click on the 'Conservatory of Dance Visits' tab below.

Dates and Registration
**Note: Search by 'Arts Campus Tour'


Fall Open House will take place on Monday, October 12, 2015 (Columbus Day). Register now! (Helpful hint: click the link and search for "Open House" in Event Category).

Designed to be more traditional, Fall Open House is recommended for students who may have been to campus before and are looking to connect more with the Purchase College community. Plan to spend your day “Thinking Wide Open” while chatting with faculty, staff and students, exploring our academic and extracurricular opportunities, and learning about how to finance your college education. Guided tours of the residence halls, arts and science facilities, and athletics center will also be provided.


Visual Media Campus Visit Day
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Join us for Visual Media Campus Visit Day, an opportunity for visually-oriented prospective students looking to learn more about their academic options at Purchase College! This event is designed for sophomore, junior, and senior students and their families and will include presentations about various academic areas, including Film, New Media, Theatre Design, Fine Art, Photography, and Graphic Design.

The day will also include optional one-on-one portfolio reviews, a presentation on financing your education and life as an artist, campus tours, open studios, shop tours, and tips to build a competitive portfolio! This is a great opportunity to design your own visit as you prepare to apply to Purchase College.

Register now!

Express Decision Portfolio Review Day
Friday, February 5, 2016

This day is designed for students who have applied for Fall 2016 admission to the School of Art+Design. The day includes portfolio reviews, tours and information sessions. For more information and registration please visit the event website at

*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



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.

Dates and Registration
**Note: Search by 'Transfer Events'

Tours will not follow these Information Sessions. If you are interested in a campus tour register for an Information Sessions and Campus Tours above.


Fall and Spring Only
Select Tuesdays at 10:00am and 12.45pm
Select Thursdays at 12:45pm

Designed specifically for students interested in the Conservatory of Dance this day includes:

-Tour of Residence Hall, Dining Facilities, and Library
- Tour of Dance Building
- Dance Class Observation

Space is limited so register early!

Dates and Registration
**NOTE: Search by ‘Conservatory of Dance Visit’


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!

Accepted Student Day

Please visit our Accepted Student Events page for more information and to register for an Accepted Student Event.


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.

There are no dates available at this time.


Fall and Spring Semesters Only
Select Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10AM

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 Group Visit Page.

Groups are expected to provide their own transportation to and from campus on the day of their visit. Public transportation options are available and will be discussed once your group is confirmed.

Students interested in Purchase College who are unable to make the trip to our campus can meet with a counselor right in New York City. Join us for Meet & Greet sessions at the SUNY Center for Student Recruitment. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.  Space is limited so register early!

** NOTE:  Search by ‘Meet and Greet – SUNY Center for Student Recruitment’



Each year, our admissions counselors travel to regional college fairs, high schools and other New York State and national recruiting events to answer your questions and meet you! We look forward to an opportunity to meet with you in your home town and answer any questions you may have about Purchase College.

To see where our counselor's will be this fall take a look here!
**Note: Search by Off Campus




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 Updated on 7/31/2015

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