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Purchase Ranks Among the Best

Purchase selected by the highly selective Fiske Guide to Colleges for its strength in many areas from academics to arts and culture to campus environment.

Purchase College has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 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

The highly selective guide, compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, includes more than 300 colleges and universities out of several thousand higher education institutions in the U.S.

The guide applauds Purchase for an “academic environment that provides a strong sense of community and support, yet celebrates individuals for their unique talents and contributions.”

“There’s a raw energy that exists on campus—in the students and professors—that I don’t think many colleges have,” says a literature major quoted in the guide.

“We’re pleased that once again Purchase has been nationally recognized for its excellent academic and artistic offerings and its engaged faculty,” says Caitlin Read, Dean of Enrollment Management . “We’re proud to offer a high quality, affordable education in the liberal arts, sciences, and performing and visual arts while providing what Fiske calls ‘a personalized, diverse education unique within the SUNY system.”


The Fiske Guide to Colleges, which has been published for 35 years, provides a subjective and systematic look at colleges, giving readers the real personality of the institutions based on a wide range of subjects. Research, accompanied by testimonials from students, offers helpful and honest information about academic climates and courses.


There’s More…

In addition to the Fiske recognition, Purchase has recently been included on other significant college ranking lists.

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review named Purchase College in its Best 382 Colleges, 2018 Edition, which praised Purchase’s faculty members who “bring the material [to] life and take learning outside the classroom,” in addition to its “artsy, unique, passionate, intelligent,” student body.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Purchase College to its 2018 list of Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.

Colleges of Distinction

Purchase has also been recognized for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction,  proving to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching and a unique learning environment.

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