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
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.
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.