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Reviews 933 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

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

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.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: They sometimes get broken up quickly if you aren't careful so I try to only go to parties where I know who is throwing them.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Aspects of living here can be very frustrating, such as food and housing but I know the education I am getting will be a great springboard for my career.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There was no financial aid available to me, only student loans.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are some decent parties at the Stood, I think the events on campus make for a positive social experience.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I am a veterinarian so I go to Terra Ve a lot. I wish that there were healthier options and more fresh food available at the other eateries. The prices of the food I think are fair. It would be nice if there were more options available for healthier eating.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus, the dorms do need some updating, but they professors are great and the over atmosphere of the campus is wonderful. The people that attend Purchase are all very unique and everyone pretty much treats everyone else with alot of respect. All and all I feel like I really found a home here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Their is absolutely no wireless around campus unless you are working within the library. Overall their is a lot of access to computers in the library and within the various school buildings.

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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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