Location
Purchase, NY
Undergrads
3,740
Tuition (in-state)
$16,480 ($7,230)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 808 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is very diverse at Purchase. People here are very nice and mostly accepting. There is visible presence of the LBTGQA community. They have a Hillel group and other groups that promote different cultures and ethnicities. I've met people in different financial situations.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I only go to the club/organization hosted parties. The are parties in the apartments I been told by many. The dances I went to were fun as I went with a group of friends. The different themes for certain parties are definitely interesting (traffic jam, ABC, Classy vs. Trashy, etc.).

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Student Center, called the Stood, has pool tables and a TV with video games to play. There is also a mini gallery inside. Many events like concerts and dances take place there. The library is nice with different zones for groups or quiet areas. In the lower level of the library, there are the "cages" where you can isolate yourself if you want to work uninterrupted. They are small rooms with a desk, chair and outlet.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I mean they are strict about the obvious things like no drugs, and alcohol if you are underage, if you are not they dont care.

College Senior

Greek Life: we dont have greek life

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Purchase boys are too artsy and emotional while many of the girls are the opposite.

4 College Senior

Facilities: we have a sauna and a nice gym. Also we have good yoga lessons. I like that Purchase focus alot on wellbeing and provide us with the resources. they even offer free massages in the wellness center

4 College Senior

Facilities: when it is warm outside all students come out and play on the great lawn or the quad with their guitars and Frisbee. when it cold, you would find us at starbucks.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know because i never had to live off campus

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: no matter what living on campus is better than no living on campus. it is best way to meet up with people for late night studying, hanging out, etc. I t is generally easier to get close to people if you are always around.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: It takes a lot of going back and forth in the verification process. do it early as possible because it is the most dreadful thing.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It depends if you are going to white plains or Portchester or Greenwich. Their is this fantastic such place called Akira in greenwich and Crumbs in along the same road. white plains, mamaroneck ave is a good place to find a place to eat they even have around there buffalo wild wings, panera bread, the melt shop, etc, and several frozen yogurt places. Also several Asian restaurant like Asian temptation. Portchester is good for spanish food, and there is place called qs in like main road which has great bbq.

3 College Senior

Academics: I dont think we are at the same level as other schools, at least i am not. the kids in my class are very smart and i don't think i am as smart as they are. also, we are told of opportunities to do summer research/ SUNY STEM programs. but i dont think many people join.

4 College Senior

Academics: I think for such a small school, Purchase has alot to offer in both academics and the arts. but it definitely need stronger academic programs in the computer technology area.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: we are notified immediately and frequently on what is happening around campus. we also have a health center that people are encourage to go to whether or not you have any actual issues and are covered by our students fees.

5 College Senior

Diversity: our school logo is think wide open. trust me it is no joke. people walk around school without shoes and shirts to the point our school cafeteria made a sign saying you cannot enter without your shoes or clothes on.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Purchase is a great school if you want to go to a place where you can just be yourself. it is so easy to do whatever you want and forget it is an actual school. Like we had hammocks during the spring season to swing in, until they where ruined. We have starbucks ( one of the reason why i will never transfer) and the stood.

3 College Senior

Majors: It was relatively easy to get into Purchase College because i came in undeclared. I think the most difficult thing is finding a good professor that will give you a good overview of what you are up against when picking your major.

4 College Senior

Majors: I do enjoy math and computer science. I love the professors (Shablinsky). but there is not enough computer science classes offered and the math classes calculus(I, II, III) especially should offered each semester instead of having to wait for the fall to take calc 1 and if u missed your chance you have to wait until the next fall semester which means you end up being in school longer or having to go take it somewhere else. what i enjoy is the sense of community, no matter how dumb you are, there are always people willing to help. which is fantastic!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some good cheap places. Anything is better than campus food.

3 College Junior

Majors: There isn't enough facility, my major has no building or funds really. But it's still enjoyable there are great teachers.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am happy with my program, but it is new so there is work to be done.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's too expensive and the variety is too small. If you don't have a kitchen it is very hard to eat on campus.

3 College Junior

Facilities: A lot of student run 'hang outs' have been shut down because of money etc.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Can be fun. Food is too expensive for it's bad quality.

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Aaron Kass
Hometown
Mahopac, N.Y.
Major
Journalism, Sociology
Grad Year
2015
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The level of enthusiasm, passion, and talent in classmates and professors at SUNY Purchase is something normally found at a small liberal arts school. Being around the conservatory students and seeing the dedication and long hours that go into perfecting and crafting an art helps motivate and influence fellow students. Sometimes, the policies that the administration enforces can be frustrating, and there is the occasional professor who has no idea what he or she is talking about; however, the strongest part of the University and what makes it so unique is the people. A lot of the learning that takes place at Purchase is up to the individual. It is tempting for students to take simple classes, get average grades, and graduate early, but the students who take the time to challenge themselves will grow so much more than the students who seek the easy way out. The professors have such a big impact on students, so having a good professor is essential. Plus, the most interesting classes are always those where the professor is most passionate.

Purchase is the type of place where it is up to the student to go out and meet other people. If students stay in their dorms all day, they will never meet anyone, but by attending shows at the Stood, hanging out on the quad, and joining clubs, students can meet some awesome people who share similar interests. Some people consider the social scene to be a little lacking, but it really is what students make of it.

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