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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The academics are great but the social and night life could be improved

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Being a small state school, everyone should be supplied with a decent place to live and every building should be the same with their own bathroom in a double room. Why would they ever think to turn a room for two into a room for three?

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is really low here and almost no one attends the games. We don't even have a football team.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I expected my college experience to be more exciting and have way more things to do on campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Every color, every sexuality or lack thereof, every gender identity present. Political lines are tough -- some people are more accepted than others. LGBTQ is very strong on campus, but very religious or conservative individuals are shamed.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Cops are pretty lenient if you're caught with lesser substances like alcohol or weed. I've heard of cops giving underage drinkers/smokers the stink eye to imply "throw it away" rather than writing them up or handing out violations. I've also heard of professors standing up for students who are caught smoking so that nothing comes of it. It is a very laid back campus and that's the way we like it.

That being said, drugs are not overbearing on campus...though they're definitely present. It's not difficult to find weed, shrooms and especially not alcohol....but it's also not difficult to avoid them altogether.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've personally never felt unsafe on campus...except maybe once when some drugged out dude started throwing chairs around. However UPD arrived within a minute or so and completely calmed him down without any violence involved. It was really great.

You can walk around this campus at any hour and feel perfectly safe (small, petite girl reporting).

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Class sizes are small -- which I love! It's really easy to get to know your professor one on one.

Every professor I've had is extremely knowledgable on their subject and wants to share as much with you as possible. They will all go out of their way to help you learn if you reach out to them.

Finally, there are so many diverse courses. There's really no need to be bored with the selection...if you have a cool class idea, you can discuss it with a professor you like and they may be inspired. There are no limits!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Depends what program you're from. It's hard for me to answer this for my own department since I haven't graduated yet, but if you are in one of the conservatories you're almost guaranteed a job immediately following graduation...especially in theater & performance.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no greek life here. SUNY Purchase is decidedly non-greek and the administration will not recognize it as an institution on-campus. The general campus prefers the lack of greek life...some students come here BECAUSE we don't have any. Despite this, there are a few bands of people who insist their greek anyways.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't use the gym much, but I rarely hear complaints for substandard equipment

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School it great -- there isn't a single person on campus who won't smile back at you or hold the door open for you. Everyone is generally courteous and willing to hang out with you, even if you've never spoken or seen their faces before. One time I was walking back to my dorm with my friend and we started playing that shouting game "penis", only to have unseen people around campus join in with us -- it was hilarious!Some of the non-conservatory programs are underfunded or under loved...but every professor has more than impressive credentials and LOVES their students and classes. Everyone is passionate about something.Finding a good group of friends is essential. While there are plenty of students on campus who never leave their rooms, life gets lonely during the winter. Having 2-3 healthy and loving individuals to help you through that time makes life fly by here.The biggest issue I have with life at SUNY Purchase is the horde of people who absolutely LOATHE it here. There isn't much school spirit but this school is lovable, quirky, diverse and unique. I have encountered a handful of people here who can only ever seem to talk about how "sh***y" this school is. They're all pessimists.

2 College Student

Campus Housing: No one speaks highly of campus housing.

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3 College Student

Greek Life: The school has only recently started getting affiliated with Greek life and most of the general student population is against it.

3 College Student

Athletics: Most people don't really participate.

2 College Student

Overall Experience: The programs here are all right. But, if you are not, say, a dance major, you cannot take any dance classes unless they are introductory courses. The dorms are mediocre, at best. Course registration is not student friendly. Some professors are biased. There is not much to do unless you like getting drunk, high, or crossfaded all the time. No air conditioning and faulty heating in non-renovated freshman dorms. The visitor system is not enforced. The students that go here are mostly fake, pretentious, and pretending to be unique or interesting. Overall, I would say that Purchase is not a very good school to attend, especially if you have depression and/or anxiety. I will tell you from experience that those will only get worse if you decide to attend SUNY Purchase College (The name is also not a good thing about Purchase because is it a university or is it a college? No one knows. Decide on one or the other to put in the name. Call it either SUNY Purchase or Purchase College. You can't be both.)

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Having a healthy lifestyle is encouraged at Purchase, however, sports are not a big focus at Purchase.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Purchase is known for being one of the most inclined to social justice. Students an faculty both pay attention to things going on in the world and want to do something about it. Plus, everyone at Purchase is very talented at what they do. Even the students who are not a part of the conservatories are very creative in their own ways outside of classes. Overall, Purchase is filled with non-judgemental, creative good vibes, and I would encourage anyone who is passionate about the arts to take a look at the school.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This school's main priority is our health and safety.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The teachers at the school are very supportive and want you to succeed and to improve. They create a very friendly environment

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The connections that the staff here has with the outside world is amazing. It is very easy to get recommendations

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residency isn't amazing, but it very suitable and can get used to very easily.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They are a third division team. They are a average team

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school experience thus far. It has been challenging yet also fun and adventurous. The school immediately felt like my second home.

3 College Student

Athletics: Purchase college athletics are okay but not the greatest

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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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