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Purchase is Included in Princeton Review's Best 371 Colleges

Date Released: 8/4/2009

The Princeton Review has once again selected Purchase College for inclusion in its “Best 371 Colleges,” guide for 2010.


The Princeton Review has once again selected Purchase College for inclusion in its “Best  371 Colleges,” guide for 2010.

Purchase joins a select group of schools chosen for their outstanding academics.  Only about 15% of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges were chosen for the book based on institutional data from the schools, feedback from students, and school visits by the Princeton Review staff. 

Over 122,000 students were surveyed and their opinions provide insights into campus life in over 62 categories.  The book includes a two-page profile of Purchase based upon quotes from current students.

Comments include:

“Purchase College is the SUNY system’s answer to the region’s many high priced conservatories and arts schools set within a public liberal arts and sciences college.”

“They laud the teachers with professional experience who are caring, inspirational and focused.”

“They appreciate the fact that access to Purchase’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides a diverse curriculum with a greater liberal arts focus than you’ll find at most arts schools.”

“Peer work in the dance, music, photography, film, art, and acting conservatories is amazing, and it is wonderful to be able to experience the work of these students.”

“Class sizes tend to be small with heavy emphasis on writing skills. Students are usually well-read and prepared for discussion and are able to contribute to both the structure of the class and the content.”

“Outside the creative arts, Purchase excels in psychology, journalism, pre-med, biology, and creative writing.”

Robert  Franek, Princeton Review’s VP Publishing and author of the “The Best 371 Colleges” commended Purchase for “its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choices of schools for the book.  We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character, he said.” 

The rankings are based on an 80 question survey that asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them.