Welcome to Purchase College.
Our campus is located in the center of 500 acres of open fields and sprawling forests, about 30 miles (or a short train ride) north of New York City.
Think Wide Open
You’ve heard us say it, here’s how we live it.
We’re the eccentric cousin of the SUNY family. We’re the dreamers, the DIYers, the future of arts and culture, of the humanities and the sciences.
We’re passionate about everything—from rigorous coursework to current events to the music lineup at Culture Shock.
We live on a collaborative and sustainable campus, and we work to create the kind of society we want to see in the world. We respect others, ourselves, and our surroundings as we grow into the people who will make real change someday.
So “Think Wide Open” has come to mean a lot to us. You’re not constrained by a major, or a residence hall, or a background.
You’re entering one of the most challenging and exciting times of your life–embrace it!
If you stand out, this is where you’ll fit in.
Praised for excellent academics, committed faculty, and proximity to New York City.
The 2020 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Purchase based on its strength in academics, arts and culture, social life, financial aid, campus environment, extracurricular activities, and more.