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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.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Being on an extremely radical liberal campus, administration has learned to take seriously and respect student politics.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had assistance doing my financial aid and was not completely responsible, so I'm not really sure.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Chartwells, the food provider, is extremely poor. Mold can be found in D-Hall and the Hub relatively often. As a person with gluten free and dairy free dietary restrictions, I have definitely struggled on this campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are extremely poor in quality, old, under-kept and probably unsafe. However, other areas on campus to live such as Fort Awesome and Outback are new and well-kept. On-campus apartments vary in quality to both extremes.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Bio major/Pre-Med: Decent, not great, lots of post-baccs looking for a cheap 2 years before med school.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Sciences are decent, most funding goes towards the arts.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Westchester is a nice, wealthy area. Good location with proximity to White Plains, Port Chester, and NYC.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are decent looking, but a lot are eye-rolling and stuck up. Not very many friendly girls around campus.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If youre not a weird kid, you probably wont like it here. Most normal kids I know end up transferring somewhere else, including myself.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Only decent meal I've ever had on campus was in Dhall. The Hub, Terrave, and anything else are A$$

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I've only lived in the apartments, and they're actually decent. Only hear complaints from kids that live in the dorms. Good size, decent amenities, okay for small parties.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Several people have gotten food poisoning. The food options are awful.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are very small and thats not that bad but the buildings pretty much suck in general. Some were even build in the 70s as temporary housing but they never took them down so people are living in them. Things break all the time and the school takes a long time to fix your requests.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: IT was easy and fun becoming oriented to the school.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are places to rent in the nearby cities (5min drive or bus ride) but White Plains can be very expensive, Greenwich even more so. I found it easier and more cost effective to live on campus

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love eating in the Latin American restaurants in Port Chester and shopping in the markets. In White Plains there's a strip of bar/restaurants that are busy and fun more towards the weekend. There's also a country club close by which has a bar/restaurant in it and ping pong/billiards/game room open to the public

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4 College Senior

Administration: The campus administration doesn't seem to be strict, they seem to be there to help the students and they embrace an open-minded campus.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: It's OK in that the people who work in the student financial services office are there to help you when you call and are quick to respond when you email. The entire system is frustrating though and is poorly communicated within the college (you may speak with one person but another sends you an email saying another).

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: There are organized events and dances that get pretty crazy, like SOCA-affiliated dances. Most large parties happen in The Olde and involve DJs and dancing, some charge a fee or ID at door to make sure you're a Purchase student. Culture Shock is the annual festival at the end of each school year and always features an incredible array of bands and musical performers (Gaslight Anthem, Dan Deacon, Animal Collective, Drake, Wu-Tang).

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: The employees in all of the dining areas are all very nice and hard-working. The food type varies from place to place (vegetarian or vegan options at Terra Ve, quick snack and smoothies at the Hub which is open later than most) and there is also a Starbucks near the newer dorms.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The Dorms and apartments are all a short walk away from wherever your classroom may be. Rooms and apt. or suite set-ups range widely so once you have an idea of what works for you, or what doesn't, all that's left for you to decide is who you want to live with (unless you become an R.A.). Some of my fellow students detested The Olde because it was the oldest of the apartments on campus, but I liked them best (most privacy and independence, parties nearby on Friday nights, not as far away from campus center as the other apt complexes).

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but I plan on asking about it.

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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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