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Purchase College, State University of New York

Established 1967
School type Public
President Thomas Schwarz
Location Purchase, NY
Enrollment 4,000
Campus Suburban, 500 acres
Mascot Panther
Homepage www.purchase.edu

Purchase College, also known as SUNY Purchase or State University of New York College at Purchase, is a public liberal, visual, and performing arts college in Purchase, New York, United States, a part of the State University of New York system. It was founded in 1967 and was designed as a school that would combine conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with liberal arts and sciences programs. It has strong conservatory programs in Theater Arts & Film, Music, and Dance, and its School of Art + Design is well-respected. It has an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students, and is one of the Princeton Review's top 361 American Universities. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term public school has different meanings: In Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and most other English-speaking nations, a public school is a school which is financed and run by the government and does not charge tuition fees. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Purchase, New York is part of the town of Harrison, in Westchester County. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... The word Panther has several meanings: Any big cat with the condition known as melanism (causing black fur), see: Black panther Leopard Puma Jaguar Any big cat from the genus Panthera, see: Lion Tiger Leopard Jaguar Codename for Mac OS X v10. ... Purchase, New York is part of the town of Harrison, in Westchester County. ... The State University of New York (acronym SUNY; usually pronounced SOO-nee) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit U.S. company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in...



The Visual Arts Building has 160,000 square feet of studios, exhibition spaces, workshops and labs.

The Dance Building was the first in America created specifically for the training of dancers.

The Music Building has two recital halls, 75 practice rooms, 80 Steinway pianos, and professional recording studios. The Studio Composition program was one of the first in the country, and the faculty and student showcase Purchase Records has earned 3 Grammy nominations for its 5 releases. Purchase Records is a small record label started in 2000 by Joe Ferry, Jim Mcelwaine, and Karl Kramer, to showcase the talents of the students and faculty at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards...

The Theatre Arts and Film Conservatory is divided into four departments (Acting, Film, Design Technology, and Dramatic Writing). Each department admits only 22 new students each year.

Purchase offers state-of-the-art athletic and fitness facilities.

The Neuberger Museum of Art, the eighth largest university museum in the nation, houses a permanent collection of 6,000 works of art and features a full schedule of exhibitions, lectures, films and inter-media events.

The Performing Arts Center, a five-theater complex considered the finest of its kind on the East Coast, presents more than 100 professional and student performances each year.


Purchase College, with its close proximity to the cultural mecca of Manhattan and the variety of arts programs offered to its students, is a well-spring of cultural and counter-cultural movements. Social activism plays a healthy part in shaping the scene at Purchase, and many students choose to participate in Student Government, and various clubs and organizations.

Dance, Music, Theater, Film, and the Visual Arts dominate Purchase culture. Murals line the landscape and a cornucopia of music can be heard bellowing from the campus' dormitory windows. Dance and theater productions are always an option for a "night out". The school is home to various performance venues, where Purchase bands and well-known touring artists take stage. The student-run Student Center is home to free-use billiards tables, ping pong tables, videogame arcade, two concert venues, and a film screening area.

The students' musical tastes are celebrated at the school's annual Culture Shock Festival, the most well-attended program at the school. The weekend festival, typically held in April showcases the talents of purchase students as well as world renowned musical acts and performance artists. Recent Culture Shock headline performers include Gwar, Kool Keith, Animal Collective, GZA, Cat Power, Ween, Blonde Redhead, and Dead Prez.

Purchase is also known for its strong Gay and Lesbian culture, which is celebrated at the annual Fall Ball - where Drag Queens and Kings compete on stage for the year's crown. Purchase is considered to be a very fashionable school after being ranked eighth most fashionable school in the United States by Women's Wear Daily. Punk and DIY cultures are very prominent as evidenced by the school's co-op. In modern society, gay is a word which can be used as either a noun or adjective. ... Lesbian describes a homosexual woman. ... Womens Wear Daily is an influential fashion-industry trade journal founded by Edmund Fairchild. ... Punk culture as it is seen today started in the mid 1970s as a movement or rebellion against some styles of music which existed at the time such as Prog Rock and Heavy Metal whose stars were seen as out of touch with their fans. ... See also: DIY Network, a cable TV network. ... Co-op is: A cooperative education program. ...

Purchase also has a strong history of student publications. Currently, there are three student-run publications; The Submission(literary magazine), Free Words(poli-literary journal), and The Independent(weekly news source).


The site chosen for the campus was a 500-acre estate, Strathglass Farm, in the middle of Westchester County, 40 minutes from Manhattan. It was originally the property of Thomas Thomas, a Revolutionary war hero, whose family cemetery still remains on the campus. In order to transform the former cattle farm into a college for thousands of students, SUNY engaged some of the most prominent American architects to design the campus. Edward Larrabee Barnes created the master plan, and nine distinguished architectural firms designed specific buildings. Westchester County is a suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... Thomas Thomas, widely known as Doctor T. Thomas, was the first cardiothoracic surgeon of Indian citizenship, as well as a prolific author and poet. ... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies. ...

Purchase campus is isolated from the surrounding community by way of small forests, the Westchester County airport, and PepsiCo’s world headquarters. The image one gets of the campus is very resigned and flat. Most of the buildings on campus are brown brick. PepsiCo, Inc. ...

Various parts of the Campus are currently undergoing renovation. The 'mall', or main campus, is currently undergoing renovations to include a new student services building and lessen flooding when it rains. Faced with a forced increase in enrollment from Albany and budget cuts, a new dorm building with the first floor devoted to retail space is being built, creating some controversy on campus. Proposed tenants for these spaces include a bookstore, a computer supplies store, and a restaurant called "Green Symphony." Renovations will also include moving the main entrance to campus in order to make the facility more accessible to customers from off-campus. Motto: Nickname: Map Location in Albany County, New York Political Statistics Founded 1614 Sister Cities {{{sister cities}}} Incorporated 1686 County Albany County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Water 56. ...


Notable alumni and former students of Purchase include:


Edie Falco starring as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos Edie Falco (born Edith Falco on July 5, 1963) is a television and film actress who was born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Northport, NY, on Long Island, graduating from Northport High School in 1981. ... American film director Bob Gosse was born on January 9, 1963 in Long Island, New York. ... Josh Hartnett. ... Michael C. Maronna (born October 8, 1977 in Rhode Island, USA) is an actor who has appeared in several television programs and films. ... Parker Posey. ... Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor and producer. ... Sherry Stringfield Sherry Stringfield (born June 24, 1967) is a television actress best known for her role of Susan Lewis on the show ER. She graduated from Purchase College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, having roomed with fellow actress Parker Posey. ... Stanley Tucci (born January 11, 1960 in Katonah, New York) is an American actor and film director, known for his work in films such as Road to Perdition and Big Night, and in the television series Murder One. ...


Donald Margulies is an American playwright who authored plays including Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner with Friends and Collected Stories. ...


Aaron Sorkin Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born on June 9, 1961 in New York City) is an American screenwriter and producer, working in both film and television. ...


Nick Gomez (April 13, 1963is an American film director and actor. ... Hal Hartley (born November 3, 1959) is a film director and writer, and a pioneer of the independent film movement. ... Chris Wedge (born December 2, 1968 in Queens, New York) is the director of Ice Age and Robots. ...


While just a sophomore at the State University of New York (studying orchestra and later studio composition), Imani Coppola gained a record contract for her surrealistic, sample-laden pop vision of hip-hop, linked to Digable Planets as well as Neneh Cherry. ... Despot, also known as Alec Reinstein, is a hip hop artist signed to New York City based Def Jux Records. ... Definitive Jux (a. ... Langhorne Slim Langhorne Slim is a young folk singer based out of Brooklyn, New York. ... Jeffrey Lewis is an American singer/songwriter and comic-book artist, part of the Anti-folk movement. ... Moby at NASA Rewind, a 2004 rave on Manhattan Island. ... Ruff Ryders Entertainment is a New York City-based record label and management company, specializing in hip hop music. ... Regina Spektor Regina Spektor is a singer-songwriter and pianist. ... Christopher Ballew (born May 28, 1965) is a member of The Presidents of the United States of America. ... The Presidents of the United States of America are a Seattle alternative rock band best known for their quirky, often nonsensical songs that defied the typical sound of most bands from the Pacific Northwest at the time. ...


Some of these and other alumni compose what has been called The Purchase Mafia by several different sources, including Edie Falco and Hal Hartley [1], [2], [3]. It is difficult, however, to determine where the title originated. Graduates of the past 5-7 years are quickly becoming known as The Purchase Junior Mafia. Fred Wilson is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Untitled photo from Crewdsons series Beneath the Roses (2003-2005) Gregory Crewdson (born September 26, 1962) is an American photographer who is best known for elaborately staged, surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods. ...

External links

Purchase College Website

Purchase Student Website including calendar of campus events and more

Purchase Student Government Website

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Purchase College is a leading public institution of higher education founded in 1967 with a distinct mission within the multi-campus State University of New York system: to establish a superior undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences along with professional, conservatory training in the visual and performing arts.
Purchase attracts a diverse multicultural population including international, residential and commuter students of all ages who are encouraged to acquire the skills and knowledge that build the foundation of a productive career and a meaningful life.
Purchase College attracts exceptionally talented faculty and students and is recognized for its educational excellence.
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A Purchase College education is founded upon a unique vision, one that combines the energy and excitement of professional training in the performing and the visual arts with the intellectual traditions and spirit of discovery of the sciences and the humanities.
The College emphasizes creativity, individual accomplishment, openness, and exploration of the world, and a student’s education at Purchase College culminates in a senior project that serves as an excellent springboard to a career or further study.
Although Purchase College is the youngest of the SUNY system’s sixty-four campuses, it has rapidly emerged and is increasingly recognized as a distinguished, imaginative, and dynamic institution for the study of the liberal arts and sciences and the visual and performing arts and for its service to the region and the state.
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