SUNY - Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, just 20 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County. Purchase College, part of the State University of New York's (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller who envisioned a major publicly funded university system. Purchase would uniquely combine, on one campus, conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with liberal arts and sciences programs. The site selected was a 500-acre working farm, originally the property of Judge Thomas Thomas, a Revolutionary War hero. In bringing two styles of education, traditional liberal arts and science programs and conservatory based arts programs into close contact on one campus, Purchase College’s founders hoped to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students.
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 is notable. The 4,000 students and 300 faculty members here 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.
Princeton Review named Purchase College as one of the Best 361 Colleges. The College is also included in America's Best 100 CollegeBuys, the Unofficial Biased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges, and it is one of the 151 colleges in the Princeton Review's Best Northeastern Regional Colleges. 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.
Located at Purchase College, the Neuberger Museum of Art and The Performing Arts Center are celebrated internationally for their excellence in the Arts.
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 ten 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 Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Center, a five-theatre complex at Purchase College, is the major professional, non-profit arts presenter in the Southeastern New York, Southwestern Connecticut region. It presents over 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 conservatory and academic divisions of Purchase College use the facility, as do many of the area's major arts organizations.