We’re an open, interdisciplinary campus, where students from all over the U.S. and 35 countries come together in the name of learning and intellectual exploration; a place where students are given the tools and the independence to discover what really motivates them and how best to apply that passion.
You’ll be 30 minutes from Manhattan and also seeing art shows in the woods. You’ll be getting the value and quality of a renowned SUNY education, but in a rigorous, focused setting that feels small, quirky, and curious.
Do What You Came Here to Do
Education isn’t about how well you can regurgitate facts; it’s about real knowledge. We’re talking about the stuff that you can—and will—use in your life as a professional. Our visual artists put on gallery shows, our scientists publish research, our journalists track down the stories. And when our graduates pound the pavement, they are excited—and prepared—for the many opportunities that await.
A cornerstone of the Purchase College education is the Senior Project. You’ll spend your senior year intensely devoted to a project of your own creation, something that you’re passionate about, that—with the support of our world-class faculty and your fellow students—will reflect all of the growth, knowledge, and technical skill you’ve developed in your time here.
A Diverse Community of Scholars
Purchase wouldn’t be Purchase without the people. We know it’s our students and faculty that make the school, which is why it’s so important for us to be sure that everyone in our community has the support and freedom of expression to become who they want to be. We’re a whole lot of bright and talented people who work hard and put forward ideas that provoke conversation.
Come for a visit; we think you’ll like it here.
Where We Rank
That’s according to the Princeton Review’s 2021 Best Value College Guide, which places Purchase in a group comprising “only about 1.2% of four-year undergraduate institutions in the U.S.”
Purchase is among the top 700+ schools in the nation ranked for best value.
Purchase College has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges based on the college’s strength in academics, arts and culture, social life, financial aid, campus environment, extracurricular activities, and more.
That’s according to U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings for 2021, which also names Purchase a top performer in social mobility.
This according to the 2021 edition of The Princeton Review.