Purchase has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges based on the college's strength in areas such as academics, arts and culture, social life, financial aid, campus environment, extracurricular activities and more.
The selective guide, compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, includes just over 300 colleges and universities out of over 7,000 higher education institutions in the U.S.
According to the description in the 2014 guide, Purchase has an "academic environment that provides a strong sense of community and support, yet celebrates individuals for their unique talents and contributions."
Quoting a literature major, the guide says: "There's a raw energy that exists on campus–in the students and professors–that I don't think many colleges have."
Dennis Craig, vice president of Enrollment Management and Marketing, notes that inclusion of Purchase College in the prestigious Fiske Guide "validates the fact that we are providing a well-rounded offering for students, one that allows students to 'Think Wide Open' and provides an excellent education in an environment that offers a very good quality of life."
The Fiske Guide to Colleges, published for the past 30 years and cited by USA Today as the "best college guide you can buy," is designed to give a selective, subjective and systematic look at colleges, seeking to give readers the real personality of the institutions based on a wide range of subjects. Research, accompanied by testimonials from students, provides helpful and honest information about academic climates and courses.