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SUNY Purchase is definitely different than most schools. The place has its own culture and when you start school there, you will almost immediately recognize it. Its minutes away from CT and from Whiteplains and Portchester. They have one bus that runs hourly.|
So here is what the run down is about the school in my opinion.
I give it a 9, you can definitely learn alot from the teachers here, also, some teachers resided on campus, so they were easier to talk with. The school has a wonderful library and Im sure since my last visit, it has gotten only better. The conservatories are great and full of hard working staff and students. The liberal arts and studies programs are wonderful. You will definitely not say that you gained nothing from the school academically.
I give the school a 5.5. Sadly the social life there kinda stunk when I was a student there. MOst people left to their homes on the weekends and there were rarely any events taking place. The occasional house parties were fun but over done. The parties that were held in areas like campus center north or the butler building (now known as the student center) Is used but rarely filled to capacity. The school has always had the since of being a loner, folks trickle in on parties at 12pm, knowing full well the parties end at 2. The only thing that gave the campus much life were the student organizations such as Latinos Unidos, Organization of African People in America (OAPIA), Asian STudent Association and LGTBU. The school has NO greek life, so if you are looking for the frats and sorors, this is not the school for you. HOwever, the student orgs hold a great bond with members and creates that fraternity feeling. The school has occasional events like fall ball, snow ball, culture shock (which never had any actual culture)
The school is slowly gaining acknowledgement for sports, they were a division 3 school and basketball and soccer were their most watched events. Thats not sayingmuch, the average number of students that actually went to the gym to attend the games were usually less than 12. However, the school has picked up ground and is currently chasing NCAA status last I heard. The school also has alot of intramural sports as well and recently the school addedd baseball as one of the schools sports.
8 out of 10. The school is centralized, meaning everything is withing reach. All the class rooms are in dead center of the school. The library is in the middle of all of the facilities. You have humanites, natural science, conservatories, campus center north and south. Also thy have a wonderful theatre in the middle of the school and a museum. The gym is located further away but is a fantastic gym for a state school. The gyms boasts a large swimming pool, a decent weight room, several raquetball courts, large basketball gyms and even a bowling alley. They come equipped with saunas as well. Outside of the gym are several tennis courts and along side the dorms is another set of tennis courts.
If you are looking for the home cooked taste, then you are looking in the wrong place. Actually, no school will provide that to you. However, Purchase has undergone many changes in the food department over the years. They went from a service that only served burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches to more of a Mall like eatery. You have different stations for different kinds of food. Expensive you may ask? yes it is, but you have meal points of more bucks to pay for it. There are 3 eateries last time i check, campus center north, campus center south and the cafeteria.
The school has 4 sets of dorms, 3 sets of campus apartments. The dorms are centralized as well to the west of campus, crossroad, the farside, big haus and outback. the apts are The new also known as the commons, the olde and Alumni Village. (The olde is where all the major parties are lol)
Over all:If you come to live the life of a student that has a large school with crazy campus life and frats and killer sports, then this is not the school. But if you want to try something different, where you really learn about yourself and people, this is the place. This school has a lot of pride, and the students are also prideful, the school is strong and it is what you make of it. If i had to start over and choose a different school, I wouldnt. I loved my time here and what it has to offer.
|May 17 2013|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
|Not so bright|
| To be put bluntly, it is a school infested with white privilege and trustafarians.|
Don't believe me? Take out $15,000 in student loans, which you're going to have to pay off in the long run anyway (with a real job), and experience it all for yourself. Be my guest.
|Apr 25 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| I am currently a biology major here at Purchase, and am planning on transferring out next semester. I came to Purchase because I was under the assumption that here I would be able to pursue both science and art. I was wrong- since begging my freshman year this fall, I have been unable to register for any of the classes I wanted aside from those that fall within my major- and even then, I've been unable to get class times that would suit me. |
The problem? I didn't take any AP classes in high school, so I came here with no college credits. I also did not join a sport last semester- which gives you priority registration. So far I have only been able to get into classes that I absolutely need for my degree, and random electives that no one else wanted to take and were the only things open when I registered.
What's worse is my advisor is only knowledgable in the science department and doesn't know how to help me secure a seat in any of the art classes I would like to take (and let's not forget that the majority of arts and science classes are held at the same time on the same days, so I'm unable to take most of them) and the other advisors who could help me are A. either always busy or B. late to scheduled appointments. So when it comes to art, I'm screwed. Which I could deal with, if it weren't for the fact that the biology program here is not wonderful. The classes are taught at such a high, fast paced level that I can't follow, because you basically have to read 20 pages of dense textbook paragraphs a night in order to keep up. The worst part is that I'm afraid I'm going to bust my ass for a degree that will be looked at as a joke because of the college I attained it from.
The campus itself is a bit misleading. The area around the Stood (student center) and admissions building is beautiful- a lot of large grassy areas, old trees, sculptures everywhere, and a cemetery which I loved- unfortunately you will almost never be in these areas because they are so far away from the residence halls and class buildings. The most beautiful parts are the ones the students never see. The freshman residences are filthy, and you will most likely end up without a personal bathroom as there are very few freshman suites with these. The hall bathrooms have two showers and two toilets for over 20 people, and ours has black mold and mushrooms growing out of the walls. There's a maid who cleans once a weekday but she does a horrible job. It's always too hot in the rooms, and there's bugs everywhere when it's warm. Something is always broken (my suite- which does NOT have a bathroom- has had a light break at least 5 times this year, and have stopped bothered trying to get it fixed). And there is ALWAYS construction going on.
However, if you're an upperclassman (which is why Purchase is mostly transfer students) you can live in better conditions- Fort Awesome or Outback, which are both air conditioned, and with some suites that have kitchens. And then there are the apartments. But you need to be either 21 or have 36 credits.
The food is awful. I avoid eating it, but when you don't have a kitchen it's very restricting. The vegetarian options are few and far between, and usually gross. Getting off campus is not difficult but White Plains is a confusing area and if you have no one to go with you can be a bit scary. You do have the ability to go into the city, that is true. About a 20 minute bus ride to the Metro North station, a 15$ round trip ticket, and if its the right time of day you can catch a 15 minute express train into Manhattan- otherwise it's 45 minutes- and you're left at Grand Central station. But the city is expensive so if you're broke, too bad.
I do have to disagree with many of the other reviews though- the people here, I think, are actually very friendly. I have social anxiety and I don't get along with my roommates, which is why I've found it hard to make friends, but I feel like you could approach just about anyone who doesn't look busy and start a conversation with them. The upperclassmen are friendly and helpful and so are the faculty- give or take a few bad seeds.
The problem is, unless you are going into the arts SPECIFICALLY, and not just looking to take a lot of high level art electives while majoring in something else, do not come to Purchase. There isn't a lot to do, there aren't a lot of resources for non-art majors. The food is inedible. The weather is bitter, the area is bleak. It's just not what I was expecting.
|Feb 09 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |