Learning Communities and Freshman Interest Groups

All first-year students in the liberal arts and sciences at Purchase College participate in smaller intellectual communities designed to appeal to students’ different academic interests and learning styles. Students may choose from three types of intellectual communities.

  1. Residential Learning Communities
    In residential learning communities, students take at least two courses together and live together in a freshman residence hall. A faculty member in residence serves as their advisor and joins them in academic and social activities, including field trips, theatre and museum events, and dinners and other informal meetings in the faculty member’s on-campus apartment.
  2. Nonresidential Learning Communities
    Students in nonresidential learning communities take a minimum of two courses together, but may live in any freshman residence hall or off campus. These communities are a particularly excellent way for both residential and commuter students to participate in the intellectual community at Purchase College.
  3. Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs)
    Like the learning communities, FIGs are designed around a specific academic interest, but students are not required to live together on campus—making FIGs an ideal choice for commuter students. FIGs are a cluster of courses organized around a specific theme or major and are offered in almost every academic area. Students in FIGs are assigned to a special freshman advisor, and their teachers work together informally to monitor their progress. While students in FIGs do not work with a faculty member in residence, they may participate in common activities, depending on the focus of their FIG.
    Based on a student’s academic interest, he or she will choose a FIG during summer advising and registration. Students in some majors are required to participate in a majors-only FIG (new media, for instance). New students receive information about the advising and registration process by early June, and work with the Advising Center to ensure that they choose an appropriate FIG.

For additional information and updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/freshmen or contact:

Office of Admissions
(914) 251-6300

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