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Founded in 1967, SUNY at Purchase College. is a Public college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 4,053 full time undergraduate students, and 103 full time graduate students.
The SUNY at Purchase College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 174 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at SUNY at Purchase College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at SUNY are considered More Selective, with ,24% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
71% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 39% were in the top quarter, and 10% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at SUNY at Purchase College.
82 Students rated on-campus housing 3.1 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.
60 Students rated off-campus housing 2.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
83 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.
84 Students rated campus facilities 3.4 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.
84 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.
83 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.
83 Students rated local services 3.4 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
84 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
38 Students rated SUNY at Purchase College
SUNY at Purchase College is a perfect place for a young academic or artist to build their skill before taking on a lengthy career in the city. I highly recommend SUNY Purchase to prospective students and hope that more take advantage of the academic offers of campus life.
I was quite unsure of how I would feel going to Purchase College, especially in the times of Corona. The moment I got here it felt like a home for me. Between the classes, students, teachers and the campus in general, I completely fell in love for the school. I would recommend it if you are looking in to applying!
SUNY Purchase is widely known for its arts programs especially its BFA Acting and Dance programs, which initially drew me to the school. The college is also in close proximity to the society, something I find imperative as an artist as there are always performances from both domestic and international companies. The campus is also incredibly inclusive to those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ group and those of various cultures,economic backgrounds, and religions.
SUNY Purchase is perfect if you're studying the arts or want a liberal arts education. The programs here are top-notch and while it isn't a huge school, you will get a great education here. If you're an arts student, Purchase is great for networking as a lot of students here find success in the arts. Class sizes are small and, in my experience, professors are very accessible and offer great feedback. I'm on a first-name basis with most of my professors and they really want to help you succeed. Purchase isn't a huge party school and there's no greek life, so if that's something you're seeking out in a college then I would suggest looking elsewhere. However, the party scene isn't completely dead, the Stood (event space on campus) hosts parties on most weekends and you can also find some parties in the apartments. There's plenty of live music on campus, bands from both on and off campus will do shows at The Stood and at the radio station and we also have two music festivals each year with fairly well-known up-and-coming artists. There's also plenty of clubs and organizations to take part in on campus. Purchase isn't much of a sports school but we do have teams. The main reason I give this school four stars instead of five is the dining situation. The food is horrible, there are hardly any healthy options, and prices for food are through the roof. In terms of housing, the freshman dorms are nothing fancy, but they're do-able. I reccomend living in a suite so you can have your own bathroom and common room. The fire alarms go off literally all the time (especially if you live in Farside). Farside is the nicest of all the freshman dorms. I can't really comment on upperclassmen housing because I haven't lived there yet but the dorms do look a lot nicer (and have air conditioning and elevators) and the apartments don't seem that bad either so just stick it out in the freshman dorms for a year and things will get better!
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I received a necessary degree that will allow me to pursue my future educational goals. In addition to this I also was able to hone my artistic skills, within the sculpture department. Throughout my time at Purchase College I was able to complete a number of bronze casts and many other metal sculptures. This access to the facilities necessary for the creation of art enhanced my college experience and my artistic portfolio. Within my legal studies classes I discovered a strength and aptitude for understanding and interpreting the law. Without the support and encouragement of the knowledgeable professors I never would have realized this talent. I have developed an interest in the law and wish to pursue higher understanding of it.
My classmates are all very different and intriging characters; we have grown to feel like a family over the year.
The type of person who whould attend suny purchase is someone who is liberal and enviornmentaly cautious. Also some one who's into the arts of all types.
My school is a mix of creative, driven people studying many different subjects and tying them together.
It's not academically rigorous. It's too easy to do well numerically without doing challenging work.
Very liberal. A large LGBT club.
The best part about being at Purchase would have to be our art programs and how open they are to all the students. It's great that we get to see amazing dance shows or art exibits without even leaving the campus! Plus there are great art/ dance classes offered for non-majors but with the same quality as the classes for majors.
Jocks and people who who think they are better than everyone else.
Cheese club, nerf guild, Lit society, shows at the "stood"/student center
Everyone here is pretty confident in who they are, so it makes for a very unique environment. It's a school where you either fit in or you don't. Since everyone is always showing how talented they are, it pushes you to explore that artistic,creative side of yourself.
My school is best known for the conservatories. We have one for art, dance, music, and theatre. It is very difficult to be accepted into one of the conservatories.
One great thing about Purchase College is definitely the academics and professors. The professors are so enthusiastic and passionate about what they are teaching and it really plays a huge impact on the students. Purchase is a very small school so the classes are very small as well. The professors know each students name and a very special professor-student relationship is formed. This has really helped me excel in my academics at Purchase.
I am a psychology major at Purchase and have taken so many interesting psychology courses over the years. My favorite class would either be Practicum in child psychology, where I was able to not only learn about child development but do hands on work with the children in the Purchase College Children's center, or Philosophy of Good and Evil (so interesting and life changing). My least favorite class would have to be Development of the United States, a history course which I had to take for one of my general education requirements. Purchase's academic general education requirements are a bit annoying, however, they do allow you to broaden your horizons and learn different things which is a positive.
The psychology program at Purchase is great! I have learned so much and have gotten to spend time with so many interesting people in the field. The program has given me the opportunity to do hands on work in the psychology field and work with children through class and in internships. The professors in the department are so helpful. I am currently working on my senior project which has been so interesting as well.
Class participation is very common in classes at Purchase. The classes are very small so each student is encouraged to participate and speak their minds. This definitely adds to the class discussion and facilitates learning. Intellectual conversations are very common outside of the classroom. The students at Purchase are so intelligent, talented, and passionate in their different works. Therefore, they all speak about this even outside of the classroom. The students are not really competitive which is another thing that I love about Purchase. Everyone has different talents and we all appreciate each other for our different passions and talents.
I believe the education at Purchase is geared towards both getting a job and learning for its own sake. I have learned so many interesting things but have also learned so much in my career path as well. It has truly been an adventure.
This school is really awesome for someone who loves both academics and art...but you don't have to love art to come here! In general, it's a really close-knit and comfortable environment and because there are only about 4,000 students, it's really easy to make friends fast. At the same time, it's not too small, so it's not like being in high school again. People are really open and fun!
I brag about the flexiblility, the vegetraian food, the art program and the clubs.
It's isolated away from New York City.
In some cases, students here are really artsy. Our conservatories are awesome, so we bring in a lot of talented artists (both visual and performing arts). But we have really good Liberal Arts programs, too (history, biology, economics, etc.) that attract people who aren't as interested in the arts. The best part about the school is that you can take challenging courses while being surrounded by art constantly, regardless of your major. Purchase is definitely diverse! Our school attracts so many different people from so many different places, so you can constantly meet people from other cultural backgrounds.
The stereotype is that there are a lot of gay people at my school. This isn't entirely true, we have people of many different sexualities and gender identities at Purchase! Purchase is much more welcoming of diversity than other schools, which is why we've gained the reputation of having a lot of LGBTQU people at school. We can't help it if people are comfortable here.
Livable. Some of them are much nicer than others. Freshman and Sophmore year will be a tad uncomfortable, so I would suggest a sweet. However, if you live in outback or Fort Awesome, you will be living large. The apartments are where it's at, but you can't live in them until you're a junior.
On Tuesday, March 10, students from all over New York rallied in Albany against the proposed budget cuts and tuition hikes. Check it out!
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
88% of students
attending SUNY at Purchase College receive some sort of financial aid.
34% were awarded federal grants.
While 54% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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