In bringing two styles of education—traditional liberal arts and sciences programs and conservatory-based arts programs—into close contact on one campus, the founders of Purchase College hoped to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students.
Founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as the cultural gem of the State University of New York system, Purchase College today enjoys a world-class reputation for its arts programs and high rankings for its liberal arts and sciences programs. The college attracts students and faculty from around the world seeking a place where they can develop their talents, expand their minds, and prepare for a life of creative independence.
The focus and diversity at Purchase College are notable. Our more than 4,200 students and 450 faculty members are not passive culture appreciators, they are active culture generators. By choosing to come here, individuals make a conscious decision to pursue their studies and their careers in a more intense environment.
Purchase College has been recognized by The Princeton Review in its Best 380 Colleges, 2016 Edition, which praised Purchase’s unique, vibrant students and engaged faculty, along with listing Purchase as one of the "greenest" colleges and among the best Northeastern colleges. The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranked Purchase as one of the "Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges,” and a Tier 1 National Liberal Arts College, while Kiplinger's Personal Finance names Purchase College as a Best Value College for 2016. And graduates of Purchase College rank among the most famous, the most successful, and the most satisfied. Our graduates are also among the most sought after—by businesses, social organizations, and cultural institutions throughout the country.