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The State University of New York Purchase College

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Oct 19 2013Art & Design Department
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I need to leave now. I am a freshman in the school of Art + Design and although the program there is top notch, I can't finish my freshman year here. "We are only 1/2 an hour away from NYC" my ass. I am a commuter from the city (the Bronx). It takes me two hours everyday to get to campus (subway, metro north, Purchase Loop). That is four hours a day commuting, which becomes a problem when considering the shop and lab hours in the Visual Arts Building are mainly in the night. Again I can't complain about the quality of teaching in the VA but it is definitely not a commuter friendly program.

Neither is the rest of the campus either. The commuter lounge is a little ringy dink room in Campus Center North aka The Hub (a eatery on Campus where the food is comparable to fast food places at a mall). The Purchase Loop is supposed to come every hour. More often than not, it is very late and barely if at all sticks by the bus' schedule. If you miss the bus, pray it is not past 7 pm so that the 12 beeline can get you off campus.Which everyone does on the weekend. They either go home or simply spend their time away from the square, dull brown, extremely ugly campus buildings. Their monotone color scheme just brings out the blandness of this campus, which was by the way designed by a prison architect. But don't worry, they are renovating it! You will get to here the construction everyday while walking or participating in class! Enjoy......

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
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Aug 23 2012Psychology
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I came into purchase in 03 as freshman, on my freshman floor , 2 out of the 10 guys were in their late 20's and 3 of us were straight. In fact there was a 30 yr old transvestite living there, some cute girls and since i was straight I hit up literally every one. dead on the weekends and depressing , i did well and transferred sophomore year, i was a musician and everyone was to pretentious to collaborate and you had to walk a mile in to the woods to drink/smoke, this school is pathetic , hopefullly i can save you the time i wasted
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May 14 2012Undecided
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Most people here have already covered the dirty facilities, decent faculty, and other aspects, so I'm just going to talk about the majority of the students here.

THEY ARE NOT SOCIAL, FRIENDLY, OR NICE.
If you're not a druggie, hipster, or an elitist snob, you will have a hard time making friends here; especially after the first week of the semester when all the new students have already gotten sucked into their cliques and close themselves off from anyone else (which REALLY stays true to the "Think Wide Open" motto of the campus, doesn't it??)

The student body is mostly a bunch of pretentious "intellectuals" who are all ready to engage in a long-winded, textbook-loaded debate at any moment about why their screwed up lifestyles of drugs and government-hatred are justified and a result of taking their educations into their own hands instead of blindly accepting the limited public-school sheep food, at the drop of a hat.

They are not up for small talk about the weather; nooo, no no no, don't try and make any friendly, polite conversation around here, that irritates the hell out of everyone. They all just want to talk "intellectually" and seriously about issues or gender roles in the media so badly that they don't even bother to acknowledge you if you wave hi to them while walking past.

Even if you're an artist or have a passion for theater, that STILL doesn't guarantee you'll fit in here. People's ideas of "art" here are gruesome, disgusting, crude, and overly sexual. I once took a stroll through the Visual Arts building, and there was a drawn sketch of someone's "bodily functions". It was disgusting and offensive, but that's the liberalized "artistic expression" that is the norm around here. It's a filthy school not even worth the mean students who couldn't be further from the "Think Wide Open" motto that the campus pretends to have.

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