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Reviews 900 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I LOVE Purchase. It is the perfect school for me. Liberal, amazing majors, great people and so many amazing memories! The events on campus are fun and I have made so many lifelong friends. If you want a great education with awesome teachers, events like Zombie Prom, and cool clubs like Cheese Club and The Rocky Horror Picture Show! If I could do it all over again I would pick Purchase again because it has helped me learn and grow as both a student and a person.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: When I first came to Purchase I loved it! I had a close knit group of five friends from orientation, in the summer evenings people would plug amps into the outlets and play music outside, the dancers would come and do a spin every once in a while, it was sort of magical. Then my group of friends split into 3 and 3. The two others in the group I was in started dating and were kind of homebodies. They'd rather get drunk in their rooms by themselves and be tortured, pretentious and condescending then go out. They made it seem like a burden to hangout with me.

Reaching out to other people was hard because there is a stigma here about being excited for course material or good in school. People don't speak in classes and the work has been ridiculously easy. Other students thought I was straight edge and uptight cause I did my work, spoke in class and got A's, which was the complete opposite from my high school experience, where people perceived me as a partier even though I spoke in classes and did my work.

It's hard to make friends at clubs because a lot of clubs are small and monopolized by a group of friends who managed to all get leadership positions. School sponsored events are only fun if you have friends. It's practically impossible to know when clubs are hosting things on this campus cause there's no one place where you can see all of the events taking place. Since none of my friends wanted to party with me it wasn't until a close friend from HS transferred to campus that I started consistently going to parties.

A lot of people are really aggressive in their methods of talking about social injustices, and would rather rip your throat out then teach someone about the issue. People here are ridiculously immature as well. If you want a good idea of what the people at this school are like go join the SUNY Purchase Open Forum facebook page.

It's beautiful here though, in terms of nature, and you can use your meal card to get Starbucks.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love how Purchase is very liberal and every professor I've had so far has been open to helping me with my studies. The only thing I wish could change were the residence halls and how dirty the lower level halls are. They should spend money on improving those rather than spending millions of dollars on unneeded new ones.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone at my school is so accepting and unique.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Wonderful open environment. People are into political correctness and accepting of all kinds of people. Diverse campus of people with different religions and sexuality. Definitely makes it a priority to accept and learn from other cultures. Great location in Westchester and easy to get to the city. Small class sizes allow you to get the attention needed from professors

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's just been really confusing getting academic classes straightened up with dance classes

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I loved the student body there are a lot of creative bold artists that attend Suny Purchase. Purchase is a very unique in their conservatory styled programs. If I could do the college application process over again I wouldn't choose this school because of the structure of the program.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school whole heartedly. Opportunities are available around every corner and faculty and professors love helping students who show a little passion.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: SUNY Purchase is a public university that is famous for their art program. Like many other colleges, it is very difficult in your freshman year because of an overload of work. However, these are the challenges that separate the weak from the strong and can shift a human's perspective on their own thoughts and ideas. You are challenged to think in different ways in order to do exceptional on given projects. The community of students are very welcoming and you can get involved in different types of activities and clubs right away. The professors understand unexpected situations and can be reasoned with. They are also great mentors and they help you when help is actually needed. Purchase was my first choice school and I can still say that I don't regret coming here.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the experience that I get going to SUNY Purchase. Having great faculty support is what I love most about it. I become more and more passionate about my major because the faculty do really care.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Very nice faculty and they are very helpful, I graduated from Stony Brook and I was not that happy with that school because of the way the classes are structured but I expect great things from Purchase already. It is also a very clean campus and the classes are small so professors can give you individualized attention.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Its great! The students are friendly. I would choose this school again because I enjoy the numerous new things that I am learning in my program.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my current school, it feels like home and I can't wait to go back next semester!

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The education at SUNY Purchase is great. I haven't had one bad teacher or class yet. On the other hand, the campus is very out dated. Also there isn't much to do socially if you aren't as artsy and musically inclined as the rest of the campus popoulation.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This campus offers a lot and is inclusive of a diverse group of people and cultures.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It is average; I find no problems with it.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It did not take long for me to receive my financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is expensive, and most of it is unhealthy.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Many of my first friends were my neighbors, and many of us were close with each other.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A good amount of people were forced into off-campus housing in the beginning of the year due to there being no space for them on-campus. Their overall, average experience was that the housing was decent; however, once space opened up on campus, they were given late notice by Purchase to pack up and leave their hotel rooms in less than 24 hours.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Depending on where you go to, you can find great parties.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's average, better to eat there every once-in-a-while than eat campus food all day. However, it could be better; I haven't seen many vegetarian/healthy options

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Westchester County is way too expensive for it to be an option to live off campus. This isn't a "college-y" area.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It would be better if more places did student discounts or took Dining Dollars.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties at the Stood are cool and interesting, as are parties in the apartments which are more of a typical college experience.


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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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