SUNY at Purchase College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
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.