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Purchase College Named a Top Public Liberal Arts College

US News and World Report ranked Purchase among the top ten in their annual Best Colleges list.


Purchase College, SUNY is included among the best National Public Liberal Arts Colleges listed in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Ranked as one of the Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges, Purchase is also on the list of most ethnically diverse liberal arts colleges.

“We’re pleased that Purchase once again has been nationally recognized for academic excellence,” says Caitlin Read, dean of enrollment management. “We’re proud that U.S. News & World Report ranked Purchase as a top tier college, a recognition only given to 9 other public colleges. We hope the guide inspires prospective students who are looking for a high quality, affordable education.”

The List Continues

Purchase College has also been included on other significant college ranking lists.

  • Princeton Review named Purchase in its  “Top 384 Colleges” in the nation, praising the college for its excellent academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and performing and visual arts and including it on its list of the most LGBTQ friendly colleges. Home to the acclaimed Performing Arts Center, Purchase was also ranked number one on the list of Best College Theaters.
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Purchase to its 2018 list of “Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges praised Purchase in its 2019 edition for fostering an “academic environment that provides a strong sense of community and support, yet celebrates individuals for their unique talents and contributions.”  

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