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Purchase College SUNY

We’re the eccentric cousin of the SUNY family. We’re the dreamers, the DIYers, the future of arts and culture. We live on a collaborative and sustainable campus, and we work to create the kind of society we want to see in the world. We’re inclusive, LGBTQ-welcoming, and always actively seeking new ways to foster diversity in our programs and on our campus.



Founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as the “cultural gem of the SUNY system,” Purchase College has long been fertile ground for artists, explorers, and intellectuals.

He envisioned a campus where conservatory training in the visual and performing arts would reside alongside programs in the liberal arts and sciences, based on the principle that arts and scholarship are indispensable.


Purchase College SUNY offers a wide variety of programs including forty-seven majors, thirty-two minors, four graduate majors, plus artist diplomas and performers certificates.


Purchase College will be recognized nationally and internationally as the leading public institution to pair conservatory programs in the arts with liberal arts programs. We will continue to create opportunities for transformative learning and training in a community where disciplines connect, intersect, and enhance one another. 


Our team can connect you with  internships and job opportunities, career counseling/coaching, résumé and interview preparation, networking events and more. Through these resources and other skill-building opportunities, we hope to help make your transition to professional life smooth and successful.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

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Student services

We provide free, voluntary, and confidential mental healthcare services. We offer emergency response, individual and group counseling, outreach, consultation for all current students.

Housing services

Living on campus certainly makes life more convenient, but that’s only one of many reasons why more than two-thirds of our students choose to live on campus. You get the basics; living on campus means food and shelter. It also means making connections more easily, a sense of security, and instant access to facilities and resources (and free laundry). When you move into a residential space at Purchase, you join a community of dancers, scientists, musicians, poets, painters, writers, filmmakers, actors, and environmentalists.

Library services

The mission of Purchase College Library is to support the teaching, learning, and research activities of the college’s students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. 

Medical services

It’s tough being sick no matter where you are, but it always feels worse when you’re away from home. Our team of professional medical practitioners are on-site, ready to provide primary care, diagnoses, treatment, and education to all matriculated students.

Student Life

Campus life

Our campus is located in the center of 500 acres of open fields and sprawling forests, about 30 miles (or a short train ride) north of New York City. 

Sports facilities

Our NCAA Division III Panthers feature 17 intercollegiate teams that compete in the highly competitive Skyline Conference.

In addition, our extensive offerings, from P.E. courses to intramurals and recreation, provide students with quality leisure experiences on campus, as well as outdoor trips that provide the opportunities to explore.

So if you feel like going to a Yankee game, pitching a tent under the stars, a little Capoeira, Zumba, or Boot Camp, we’ve got you covered. Our expansive facilities include a fitness center, rock climbing wall, a swimming pool with diving well, two turf field complexes and much, much more!

Student clubs

Discover others who are passionate about anime, economics, or recycling. Find weekend activities that aren’t traditional parties. Meet up with students who share a common background, or, challenge your worldview. Help run the art co-op, bike shop, or radio station. Learn about cheese and sign language or get your competitive juices flowing in Model UN or Gamers United.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

So many of the faculty members were working professionals.

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