Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneB
- Campus FoodB-
- Student LifeB-
SUNY Purchase College is ...
NCAA Division III (without football)
SUNY Purchase College Rankings
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.48 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses
Most Popular Majors
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responsesReport
Freshmen Live On-Campus
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- of students say they don't have Greek life.46 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.94 responses
After SUNY Purchase College
- Very Good303
My overall experience at Purchase has been different than the rest.This is a college considered to be diverse, and while that is true for religions, cultures, etc, it wasn't as diverse in disability as I thought it would be. I applied to Purchase after having a terrible experience at Lehman College (terrible school if you use a wheelchair). So far I have been pleased with the professors, classes, food, disability services. But I must say I was very disappointed to find out their Chemistry labs were so old, paint peeled off and there were no wheelchair accessible stations. That's right, no Chemistry lab was accessible. Fortunately, the Purchase staff has been understanding on their faults and have made up arrangements to fix this. I hope that with this, other wheelchair-bound students won't experience the same struggles as I did. Otherwise, this school is excellent. As others have mentioned, the small class settings help you in actually getting to talk with professors for extra help or questions about the class.
- College Junior
- 2 months ago
Initially I was hesitant to applying to this school, as it seemed way too far out of my comfort zone (that comfort zone being the pseudo-conservative small town I grew up in). But within a few weeks of my first semester, I discovered how much I love it! Everyone here is (largely) open-minded, whether it be about gender identity, sexual orientation, sense of fashion, or different religions and cultures. I will say that the school does have a FEW issues, though they are being fixed. We had an issue in my dorm with the laundry machines constantly breaking down, but luckily the machines are being replaced with new ones. The dorm I will be moving into this fall is also going to be refurbished, in response perhaps to some of the criticisms that our buildings are a bit of an eyesore. (The designer of the buildings apparently took the movement of "Brutalism" very literally!) When an issue in my program came up regarding racial microaggressions among some of the student's dialogue and gossip, a mature and concise discussion was initiated. I am proud to be a part of a community that is open to discussion about gender, race, and other social issues without resorting to putting down one group in favor of another. The campus has its share of vibrant student events. We not only have a massive two-day music fest and carnival known as Culture Shock, but also Zombie Prom and Pancake Madness to give us a break from our intensive workload. This past March I attended a short St. Patrick's Day party that was completely organized by two RA's. Overall, whether it's the powerful discussions, explosion of artistic expression, or active campus social life, there is never a reason to be bored here. I love every minute of it!
- College Sophomore
- 2 months ago
For a music major it has been a truly wonderful 3 years. The professors are hands on. We are not taught out of a book. All of my professors work in the music industry and they bring their passion and experience to the conservatory. We are free to explore our ideas and what we love to do. They do not put us in a box. They encourage uniqueness and diversity. I am entering my senior year and can honestly say I will miss the school and professors when I leave.
- College Senior
- 2 months ago