Location
Purchase, NY
Undergrads
3,740
Tuition (in-state)
$16,480 ($7,230)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have only felt uncomfortable once on campus while I was walking to my room alone late at night, but other than that campus is pretty safe! Just always be aware of your surroundings and try to walk in groups.

4 College Freshman

Majors: My transition into the program went pretty smoothly. I did not encounter any challenges as the application was pretty straight forward as long as you are organized. I was required to submit a portfolio because of my major, but other than that it was pretty standard.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Being the in the Art and Design department is very different from any of the other majors in the school. We have most of our classes in one building and get relatively comfortable with all of the people in or classes the first year. It feels like you're a part of a small community within a much larger one which is a nice feeling. The workload in this department is very heavy which makes it almost impossible to go out on the weekends. It is important to be very on top off all of your work as things can begin to pile up very quickly.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: When it's cold out you hardly ever see people out and about. In turn, it makes the Spring even more exciting as you see people hanging out outside throughout the whole day.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most computers in the library are in working order and pretty reliable. I have only had to wait for a computer once, but there are plenty of different labs throughout the library. The internet runs at a pretty good speed.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you're underaged and want to drink, you'd better have a fake ID or a friend with one. It's also far more convenient if you have access to a car. In my experience as a freshman, I only went to one party that gave out free alcohol, and it was only because everybody was drunk already - people seem more generous with weed. UPD usually shuts down the parties by 12 or 1, but you don't get in trouble. They just tell you to go back to your dorm.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Purchase's motto is "Think Wide Open," which means that you won't get ostracized for being black or beat up for being gay. That doesn't mean that the campus is particularly diverse. There seem to be a lot more white kids than anything else. There are gay kids and trans kids, sure, but the number isn't overwhelming. It seems like a third or so of the guys are gay. A smaller percentage of the girls are gay, maybe like a tenth; most of the rest of them seem like BUGs.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Apartments - Usually dance parties, which are great if you're into that sort of thing, but I'm not. Stood - Sometimes good bands play, more often than not it's kinda lame. Dorms - Always fun to chill and drink with a few people, especially if it's a suite. Just don't be too loud or the RAs are gonna get ya.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: People act like they're different, but in my experience Crossroads, Big Haus, and Farside are pretty much the same. Fort Awesome I've never been in except for classes. The apartments are nice, but definitely a little more expensive. Outback I have no idea.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As a Lit major, there is a decent number of interesting, engaging classes to choose from. Those in conservatories seem to take the most difficult, time-consuming, and ultimately rewarding classes.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is no town. The places closest resembling cities (White Plains and Port Chester) are around 5 miles away. There's basically nothing between those places and the campus except for woods, the highway, and a little deli and pizza place about a mile away.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: i only knew one person who lived off campus who graduated last year. she lived off campus so she could work more, she lost a lot of opportunity at the school but she did what she had to do.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: the Dance conservatory is really great. sometimes it feels a little awkward at first but we all get to know each other and support each other really nicely. there's tons of performing opportunities as time passes through the years.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Lets just say its bearable enough to continue and a degree in dance is becoming more and more desirable in the real world

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: freshman dorms are simple.... Gross.

Vomit everywhere on the weekend that doesn't get cleaned up until the monday.

not a lot of space

small windows

paint and ceiling that falls apart

furniture that doesn't match and tends to fall apart.

loud hallways

RA that would scream at friend until 2 am on the regular.

bottom line, i can't wait until i have an apartment and further can't wait until i live in the real world.

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't really participate anymore. I generally go off campus for most of the weekend to see my boyfriend. it is also more important for me as a dancer to take care of my body and spend time resting my body for the next week of dancing. Plus i like getting away and eating some home cooked meals and spending time with my boyfriend's family. I really don't like the idea of getting shit faced drunk and roaming around apartments for no reason. that is not my view of fun and purchase doesn't have other options on the weekends, so i leave.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police do a great job when you ask them to, but they are very hidden, you don't them often so there's no relationship built with them. I wish they were more involved with us as students. they would be less intimidating and people wouldn't be so afraid of them, in a good way, in that it wouldn't feel so scary to ask them for help. Sometimes it feels like there is no one here for us and there is no one who would help us if we need it.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We do not have Greek Life at our school because people are too focused on their art and their passion. We don't have the time or the patience to care about the stupid drama that comes with Greek Life.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is an art school, if you do sports then good for you, but the major community of this school is in the Dance conservatory or the Visual Arts department or in Theater and Performance or in Music, most students aren't interested in sports. The sports students get way too much special care and it is completely unfair because the athletes aren't even up to par with the average school.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in the Conservatory of dance, so my classes are pretty great, however its really difficult combining the conservatory schedule with other things we want to try to take, they make it easy for us to take the minimum requirements but anything else is very hard to add to our busy schedule.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It feels very average. there are food courts at the neighboring malls, with fast food and typical mall food. There are also restaurants that are also chains, like applebees and five guys, anything that seems not a chain and typical doesn't feel safe and comfortable enough to give it a try.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The buildings create a sort of wind tunnel, as if whenever there is an ounce of wind it is multiplied so the wind feels ever harder and stronger than it really is. When it is really cold, there is no place to shelter you from the wind, its just cold. But when the weather is really nice it is pretty enjoyable.

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College Senior

Greek Life: Purchase is so diverse so it doesn't matter if you are Greek or not. We like everyone :)!!!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It depends on which dorms you live on campus. Some dorms are older and some are newer.Some rooms are bigger than other if you are dorming or live in the apartments. Some of the new dorm such as Outback have a wellness and health center/community - good for people who don't like to drink / smoke and like to keep their body in good health. Some of them have study rooms so that you don't have to walk to the library and study if you don't want to study while being in the room with your roommate.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Some people have cars and that's good. But for people who don't drive , such as myself, there is the shuttle bus. It come every hour at 5 locations, Campus center north, Campus center south, The Neu(Commons)(Apartments on campus), Alumni Village(apartments on campus) and Dorms. However there are times when the bus get crowded and you have to wait another hour for the bus or if your lucky and $2.50 to spend you can take the beeline 12 instead. Those bus also come every hour. Sometimes the shuttle bus is very late. So if you commute and you don't drive ;relying on the shuttle bus or beeline 12 bus could be a pain in the butt.

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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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