SUNY at Purchase College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (9)
Purchase College truly is the gem of the SUNY system. As a graduate with a BFA in photography, I can attest to the quality of our professors. Most of whom come from distinguished universities such as Yale. We have many professors who choose to teach at Purchase over more expensive New York art schools such as Pratt or SVA. Our successful alum, Gregory Crewdson being the most popular, is definitely a draw to the program's appeal. Although, I believe that the program has lost some of its vigor over the last 5+ years. It is well known that graphic design majors who do not pass the intensive sophomore portfolio review, are allowed to transfer into the photography department without so much as a review of their photo work. Quite the insult to many of us who worked hard for our acceptances into the program. I suppose this is more about the school not wanting to lose these student's tuition money. I believe the photo program would benefit from a similar portfolio review. Despite these few drawbacks, I truly believe I received a fantastic education from Purchase. It is a close knit community with lots to offer.
SUNY Purchase is a great college for artists and those interested in a career in an interdisciplinary field. I highly recommend the school to those who want to meet like-minded individuals looking to shake up the art world. Those not interested in the arts may have trouble finding their tribe but can also find success. Purchase will open your mind to the possibilities within your field.
SUNY Purchase has a diversity of students, professors and campus workers who truly represent the college. Being one of the top cinema studies programs in the country, the program has prepared me for where I would like my career to start. Education is a big part of my life and being the only person in my family to graduate with a degree I couldn't have chosen a better place to continue my education than SUNY Purchase.
Overall the school good for creative studies, but I didn't feel like it did much to prepare you for a career. I did not have a dedicated career counselor and the internships posted on their internship portal were minimal (or just not that good). The school did do not take advantage of its close proximity to NYC when it came to networking, internships or other opportunities outside of the classroom. I did get a job in my desired field shortly after graduation, but only through an internship that I secured myself while in school, through outside sources.
SUNY Purchase changed my life for the better. Not only was their writing program wonderful, but the diversity of their staff and students was incredibly refreshing for a girl from a small town in Connecticut like me. Being a state school, it was financially sensible but not at the expense of a great education. My professors were professionals who were still very much down to earth. My senior project advisor had been published on the front page of the New York Times and never did anything but encourage me and promote my work. I am extremely proud of my degree and perhaps most importantly, I feel it prepared me for the competitive writing world I know I'm headed towards. It helped me gain admission to one of the most prestigious graduate writing programs at Sarah Lawrence College and I will be forever grateful.
I found Purchase College to be a very interesting campus. The students and faculty were usually very liberal, free spirited, and had very interesting ideas on life. The campus was very large and it was easy to move around. The campus was also surrounded by trees and wild life, which meant that I met a lot of interesting wild animals and, as an animal lover, I thought it was cool to meet a variety of species. The classes I took on Psychology made me learn a lot about Psych that I didn't know about before and it made me interested in the subject. It was also obvious that the teachers had a love for the subject and knew what they were talking about. Yet, as I learned about Psychology, it made me realize that I don't want to necessarily just have a job in Psychology but also combine Psychology with Theatre. As a result, I've been looking to take classes in both Drama Therapy or Applied Theatre. In fact, I first learned about Drama Therapy on Purchase's website. Had I not gone to the college, I never would've learned about Drama Therapy and that wouldn't have become my current path.
The Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase is a small music school with a generally supportive, warm environment, a strong sense of camaraderie among students, nice large practice rooms, and world class faculty. Located in Westchester, near the Connecticut boarder, SUNY Purchase is rather insulated, which is either a pro or a con depending on what you're looking for. I enjoyed the fact that the school was up in the woods, in the middle of the forest basically, and the scenery always looked pretty through the practice room window. It is also about a 30 minute drive to Manhattan, so its close enough to get the flavor of the city when you feel like it, too. The faculty in the music department is fantastic, especially in the Jazz Studies program. I studied jazz bass with T.C., S.C., and D.W., took history classes from K.W., transcription classes with J.F., played in small groups directed by H.G., and took Rhythmic Analysis with J.R. I learned all the basic skills to be a performer, in a manner that was intensive, individualized, and geared toward learning the jazz tradition in order to find ones own artistic purpose and voice. The students were friendly and supportive, much more so than any of the big music schools I've visited. The faculty and students at SUNY Purchase try and cultivate an environment in which they can all enjoy what they are doing, and also achieve at the highest level.
Formerly great art school that is gradually shifting its focus to its pungent sports program. If you're thinking of going, go now before the art is all gone. The sports there are a joke, too.
I absolutely loved going to school here. I began my college experience at another SUNY school, transferred to another, and finally ended up at Purchase. I was accepted into Purchase when I first applied after graduating high school and I wish I saved myself the time and money by choosing this school as my first choice. I used to say that this school was extremely artsy. But that doesn't give the school any justice. If you want to go to a school where there is an overall acceptance of being different, and being yourself, and figuring out who yourself is(THIS! is what school is all about) I would recommend Purchase. The people arent "artsy", its not a "party school"... the students and staff are "Purchase-y"! If you dont know what that means now, you will definitely understand after visiting the school.