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Purchase Named Top 20 Best Values in the Nation

That’s according to The Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buys of 2022.

Purchase College has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buys of 2022, which includes only twenty public and private colleges and universities.

Purchase is one of only 10 public colleges on the list, chosen by the editors for offering “outstanding educational value as determined by academic quality in relation to the net cost of attendance.”

According to the description in the 2022 guide, Purchase College is “One of the few public institutions that has a strong arts specialty. The visual and performing arts are signature programs, but many students also come to Purchase for a robust range of liberal arts offerings, from environmental studies and psychology to film and creative writing. Proximity to NYC enhances academic and social opportunities. Eclectic campus life offers funky traditions and an active music scene.”

“Deciding where to go to college is an important decision for students and families as it can impact their finances for decades,” says Shane Seaman, Interim Dean of Enrollment Management at Purchase College. “We’re proud that Purchase has been nationally recognized for the incredible value and quality it provides students along with its unique course offerings.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, which has been published for 38 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.


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

  • Purchase is a top tier National Liberal Arts College and a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College in the 2021 edition of US 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 is listed as one of the “Top 386 Colleges” in the nation by The Princeton Review in the 2021 edition of their college guide. Purchase is also listed as a Best Northeastern College and a Best Value 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 was included in Money Magazine’s list of best colleges for 2020. The rankings, which focus on the value of a college degree, weighed more than 20,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings and found that Purchase successfully combines quality and affordability.