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Located 35 minutes north of Manhattan in Westchester County, Purchase College sits on a 500-plus acre estate and offers distinguished programs in the School of the Arts, the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education.

Purchase boasts a student body of approximately 4,300 students representing 42 states and 29 countries, who either live on or commute to the 25-building campus.  Our talented student dancers, musicians, actors, writers, and artists showcase their work not only in Westchester, but also in New York City, Los Angeles, and abroad. Purchase College is in the top tier among public baccalaureate institutions in the nation for the number of psychology and biology graduates who receive doctorates.

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Purchase College, SUNY, offers a unique education that combines programs in the liberal arts with conservatory programs in the arts in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity. Our graduates contribute to the arts, humanities, sciences, and society.

Purchase College’s four renowned arts programs function collaboratively as the School of the Arts. Humanities and science programs, both traditional (for example, pre-med) and interdisciplinary (for example, environmental studies) are administered within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The college's newest unit, "Film and Media Studies" includes programs (for example, new media) that encourage students to take courses across areas and schools. Each student's academic career culminates in a senior project that takes the form of a research project, scholarly thesis, exhibition or performance. Whether a day, evening, part-time, or weekend student, the wide array of courses and access to faculty creates ample opportunities to meet individual needs and objectives.