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Date Released: 12/4/2006

In an online contest sponsored by peta2, the world’s largest youth animal rights organization, in which thousands of students were asked to vote for the most vegetarian-friendly college or university in the U.S. from an elite list of 30 nominees, Purchase College ranked fifth in the nation.

Purchase College is considered a true vegan paradise with offerings like tofu marsala, tempeh cacciatore, and tabouli-and-tomato salad with tofu, and the all-vegetarian café Terra Ve right on campus.

The demand for meatless meals has never been higher, and young people are leading the charge. Nearly one-quarter of all college students ask for vegan options in school cafeterias. Sales of vegetarian mock meats doubled between 1998 and 2003 and now constitute a billion-dollar industry.

“Just a decade ago, students who demanded vegan options in school dining halls might have gone hungry before they found a decent meal,” says Pulin Modi, peta2’s college campaign coordinator. “But thanks to schools like Purchase College, eating healthfully and humanely has never been easier—or more delicious!”

The winner was Indiana University in Bloomington, Ill., and Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., grabbed second place. Rounding out peta2’s “Greens” List were the University of Puget Sound, Yale University, Oberlin College, New York University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Florida.

To view the list of 10 U.S. and five Canadian winners, please visit