SUNY at Purchase College (Purchase College, State University of New York), is a public four-year college located in Purchase, New York
SUNY at Purchase College is one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as the cultural gem of the SUNY system, Purchase College claims to offer “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.” Purchase College was ranked 9 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 listing of top public liberal arts colleges. The college was listed as one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Public College Values in 2014. It was also listed in that publication’s 2014 list of Best Values in Small Colleges. The Princeton Review included Purchase College in its 2015 list of The Best 378 Colleges.
Purchase College confers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Master of Arts(MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Master of Music (MM). As a requirement for the BA and BS degree, students undertake a senior project in which they devote two semesters to an in-depth, original, and creative study under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. Similarly, the BFA and MusB studies culminate in a senior exhibition, film, or recital. Master’s degree programs culminate in a thesis and the MFA and MM culminate in an exhibition, recital, or related presentation.