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Purchase is a Top 200 Best Value College for 2021

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.”

Top 200 Best Value

Purchase College is listed as one of the “Top 200 Best Value Colleges” in the nation by The Princeton Review in the 2021 Best Value College Guide.

The guide evaluates colleges in terms of which offer the best ROI (Return on Investment), based on more than 40 data points that cover academic offerings, cost/financial aid, career placement services, graduation rates, and student debt as well as alumni salary levels and job satisfaction.

In the profile of the college, The Princeton Review points out that Purchase offers well respected conservatory programs and a wide range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences.

The college’s Career Development Center receives high marks for “helping students turn their passions into tangible careers,” through hands on sessions, workshops, job fairs, and events that give students the chance to network.

“The colleges that we designate as our ‘Best Values’ this year are truly a select group: they comprise only about 1.2% of the four-year undergraduate institutions in the U.S.,” says Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. “These exceptional schools differ in many ways, yet they are alike in that all offer outstanding academics and excellent career services. As important to today’s college applicants and their parents: These colleges have a comparatively low sticker price and/or generous financial aid offerings.”

“We’re pleased that Purchase once again has been nationally recognized for its commitment to supporting students through their academic careers and beyond,” says Shane Seaman, Interim Dean of Enrollment Management at Purchase College. “This ranking is significant as it measures not only the academic experience, but how a Purchase education leads to meaningful career paths and personal fulfillment upon graduation. We hope the guide inspires prospective students and their parents who are looking for an excellent education that is also affordable.”

Other Rankings

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

Purchase is listed as one of the “Top 386 Colleges” in the nation by The Princeton Review in the 2021 edition where it is also listed as a Best Northeastern College. As a college that takes great pride in its values of diversity and acceptance, Purchase is on the list of most LGBTQ friendly colleges in the nation. Home to the acclaimed Performing Arts Center, Purchase was also ranked on the list of Best College Theaters.

Princeton Review also names Purchase as a top Green College for its commitment to sustainability.

Purchase is a top tier National Liberal Arts College and a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College in the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges which also ranked Purchase as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges and a top performer on social mobility, a metric that measures how well colleges serve lower income students.

Purchase was selected for inclusion in the highly selective 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.