Purchase College’s motto is “Think Wide Open.” It’s our way of learning, teaching and being and so much more. By choosing Purchase, students make a conscious decision to join an intense community with a deep respect for individuality and diversity and an unparalleled environment of creativity and innovation.

As an applicant, we want to know what Think Wide Open means to you. All students submit either an essay or video should be original and should connect to Think Wide Open broadly or specifically.

Videos and previously graded work should include a brief introduction or statement that helps contextualize your submission for the viewer/reader. Videos should not be more than 2–3 minutes long.