Purchase College at SUNY

Located in Harrison, New York, Purchase College is an institution within the SUNY (State University of New York) system. Purchase is a small, liberal arts school, serving approximately 4,000 students and housing 2,400. Students at Purchase College have a passion for the arts and many take part in conservatory studies. Notable alumni include but are not limited to, Edie Falco, Stanley Tucci, and Regina Spektor. Their motto, “Think Wide Open” creates an experience for all students, faculty and staff to be innovative and develop different ways to exceed expectations. It is said, “If you stand out, you’ll fit in at Purchase College”.

Office of Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement at Purchase College is comprised of several functional areas within Student Affairs, including Housing and Residence Life, Orientation and Student Involvement. The Office of Community Engagement provides many leadership opportunities for students, such as serving as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, a member of the Student Activities Programming Board and other positions. With a motto of Think, Wide Open, the office develops a wide range of events and learning opportunities for students who live in the residence halls to campus-wide traditions for all Purchase students to take part in, such as Pancake Madness. The diverse staff and functional areas within the Office of Community Engagement provides a unique experience for interns to navigate the small school experience within housing or orientation, while having the opportunity to work with different campus partners throughout the Division and Institution. Interns are treated as equal members of the team and are given the autonomy to make their internship their own individualized experience.