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Visitors Guide

Note: For prospective students and families interested in visiting the campus for an information session and tour, please visit the admissions section.

Located 20 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County, the Purchase College campus sits on a 500-plus acre estate settled in 1734 by Judge Thomas Thomas. The Administration complex was built in the 1920s and occupied by the Chisholm family as a working farm until 1967, when Gov. Nelson Rockefeller purchased the property to create Purchase College. Master architect Edward Larrabee Barnes created “a city within the country”—buildings clustered around a plaza, surrounded by fields and meadows. In addition to Barnes, seven other major architects helped to design individual buildings.

As you enter the campus from Anderson Hill Road, you are greeted by Henry Moore’s Large Two Forms. There are a variety of other permanent outdoor sculptures situated throughout the grounds.

In addition to our distinguished academic programs, the college is home to the Neuberger Museum of Art, with modern, contemporary, and African art, and the Performing Arts Center, hosting hundreds of performance each year. The college’s gymnasium is home to a community fitness program, and features an Olympic swimming pool, three basketball courts, a weight room, rock-climbing wall, bowling alley, six-lane swimming pool, diving well, racquetball courts, and an aerobic studio.

There are several locations to dine on campus, including the Hub Food Court in Campus Center North and the Terra Ve Cafe on the first floor of Campus Center South. Terra Ve is a strictly vegetarian eatery featuring such items as vegetarian sushi, wraps, and grilled items. We also have Starbucks on campus, located next to Fort Awesome.

The Neuberger Museum of Art

The Neuberger Museum of Art is celebrated internationally for its commitment to modern, contemporary, and African art and for its excellent exhibitions and programs. The Museum is among the 10 largest museums in New York State, and is the eighth largest university museum in the nation. It is housed in a spacious, contemporary facility designed by the world-renowned architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee.

The museum’s magnificent permanent collection comprises more than 6,000 objects. Its collection of 20th-century American art, established with Roy R. Neuberger’s gift, includes American master works by Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and George Segal, among others.

The Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center attracts more than 166,000 people attending over 300 public events each year. It presents more than 100 professional music, dance, and theatre performances, and many special events. In addition to public events, the Performing Arts Center is a frequent location for major motion picture shoots, and hosts about 150 days of classical music recording each year. The schools and conservatories of Purchase College use the facility, as do many of the area’s major arts organizations. In addition, corporations, production companies, film companies, record companies, community groups, and charities frequently use one of the four theatres or auxiliary spaces.

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