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Reviews 988 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity at Purchase is everywhere, from gender identity and sexual orientation to religious and ethnic backgrounds. The only thing most students DO have in common is that we are very much connected through the arts, and most of the students here are very progressive.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug abuse is taken seriously, and as a result students can have a moderate amount of fun without being too destructive about their choices.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the professors at my school, and specifically in my program. Not only do they know my field inside and out, but they are always willing to help the students while maintaining high expectations for everyone involved. The class sizes are small and personal; you feel like you are really being given a lot of attention and care, and it is likely that professors have very close relationships with their students.

There is such a wide variety of classes in every single subject that one of the most stressful parts of the year for students is figuring out which courses you want to take the most! Editing? Drawing? Costume Design? Biology? History of Cinema? It's mind-boggling how many choices are given to the students.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus community actively works to connect students to job opportunities and internships from the get-go. I am constantly getting emailed with scholarships, internship, and career opportunities for my field. And since I was told in freshman year that my program has the highest number of working graduates, I am not at all worried.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus police are a constant presence on our campus. Most of the campus is well-lit and close together, so therefore it is easy to feel safe. The campus police are located right under the campus itself, so they are never too far away. Plus, people find the efficiency of walking in groups to emphasize safety.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was very lucky this past year to have a large suite with a kitchen, common area, and bathroom. However, many of the dorms at Purchase need an update, especially since some of the paint is peeling in a lot of areas and the furniture does not appear to be entirely up to code.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: To be honest, Purchase is not known for its sense of athleticism; most of the students are focused towards art and science. But we do have an adequate gymnasium that is home to a variety of facilities for anyone who wants to go for a swim or shoot some hoops.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: 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!

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: So far I've had the same professors for the past 3 years. I've learned something different everyday I am with them. Most are in the music production business. The artists they have worked with is astounding and they are passing their knowledge and experience to us. It has been the best 3 years I could have asked for. The class sizes are small and free thinking and creativity is strongly encouraged.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I cannot speak about this topic. I have not yet started this process. I am in 2 bands with Purchase students and this is where our passion and work is at the moment.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The NY State Police are on our campus. It is a pretty safe environment and the police treat us like college students. They give us some slack when needed and other times they strictly enforce the law. It really depends on the situation. I have not been a victim of any crime nor have any of my friends. The police are a quiet-but strong-force on campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I live in an apartment on campus. It is ok. It is a very old building. There is always something going on as we have many events in the Pepsico theatre or the Stood. The only difficult thing would be moving your music equipment around-I'm a drummer-from one building to another.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I cannot answer these as we do not have Greek life on campus.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are not a big part of campus life here. This campus is geared toward the arts.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: 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.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: housing seems to be just a bit below average

2 College Junior

Greek Life: very little Greek life at this school

3 College Junior

Athletics: athletics is not an important part of this school

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is one of the best in my field, very happy.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Purchase alum are everywhere, that is all.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Everyone feels immensely safe on campus at all hours.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is very clean, and getting better.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its not the best and its not the worst.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: SUNY Purchase is the best school for nurturing art.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Kendall school district is so small that you start in pre k and end up graduating with the same people. We all know each other and our teachers know us as well as our parents / grandparents. It is a great atmosphere to grow up in

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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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