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Purchase Among “Best and Most Interesting” in Fiske Guide 2023

The authoritative Fiske Guide to Colleges recognizes academics, faculty, campus vibe, location, and raw energy among Purchase’s attributes.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2023

The Fiske Guide to Colleges has once again recognized Purchase as one of the “best and most interesting” colleges in the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

Included among the mere 300+ colleges in the trusted and reliable college guide, Purchase gets high marks for the strength of our academic programs in both the arts and liberal arts and sciences, “accessible and friendly faculty,” facilities, proximity to New York City, and the general vibe on campus including being judgment-free.

Selected Highlights

“Purchase’s location just 30 miles north of New York City is ideal for its creative, socially conscious students, who take full advantage of the endless cultural and professional opportunities the city has to offer. A literature major says, ‘There’s a raw energy that exists on campus—in the students and professors—that I don’t think many other colleges have.’”

“‘The professors are engaged, extremely qualified, and very interested in our education,’ says a student.”

“‘Purchase is a very judgment-free zone, and we are proud of that.’”

“As the ‘fun, weird cousin of the SUNY schools,’ as one senior puts it, Purchase is a perfect place to study the arts and still be able to indulge in academics of all kinds or vice versa. ‘It’s a great place to come and devote yourself to your craft,’ says a senior. Indeed, the opportunity that Purchase offers for a personalized, diverse education is unique within the SUNY system.”

About the Fiske Guide

For nearly 40 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges is considered the most authoritative source of information on the best and most interesting four-year colleges in the country.

Edward B. Fiske served for seventeen years as education editor of the New York Times. He created the Fiske Guide to Colleges to give college-bound students and their families better information on which to base their educational choices and an insider’s look at what a college is really like.