Purchase College is a public four-year college located in city of Purchase, NY. The College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY), 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 programs in the liberal arts and sciences. The site selected was a 500-acre working farm, originally the property of Thomas Thomas, a Revolutionary War hero.
Edward Larrabee Barnes’s (appointed master architect) plans called for “a city within the country” where almost all the buildings were clustered around a great open space. Fields and meadows would be preserved. Construction of the campus began in 1967, and the first building finished was the Neuberger Museum of Art, completed in 1971. It was to contain the works of American masters collected over half a century by Roy R. Neuberger. Meanwhile, students were first admitted in 1968 in the Continuing Education program. In 1978, construction of the campus complex was completed and The Performing Arts Center formally opened to the public.
Today, with its professional training and related programs in the Conservatories of Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts, its School of Art+Design encompassing the full range of visual arts, its accomplished faculty in the Schools of Film & Media Studies, Humanities, and Natural & Social Sciences, and the lifelong learning opportunities provided by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, Purchase College is distinctive among other colleges in the country.
Purchase offers around 40 degree programs including its most popular: Visual and Performing Arts, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Journalism and English.
As a requirement for the BA (Bachelor of Arts) and BS (Bachelor of Science) 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 (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and MusB (Bachelor of Music) studies culminate in a senior exhibition, film, or recital. The graduate degree programs culminate in a master’s thesis and, for the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) and MM (Master of Music), an exhibition, recital, or related presentation.
Purchase College, with its proximity to New York City and the variety of arts programs offered to its students, has a large amount of cultural and counter-cultural activities. The College holds several key events such as The Culture Shock festival, a two-day music festival sponsored by the Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA)
Purchase College also emphasizes the importance of studying abroad.
Purchase, New York is a hamlet of the town of Harrison, in Westchester County, located 35 miles north of New York City.
There are many historic sites located in Purchase. The grave of Revolutionary War General Thomas Thomas is located on the grounds of SUNY-Purchase.
As much of Westchester, Purchase is well known as an affluent area in Westchester. It is one of the richest areas areas in the country. Because of the exclusive environment many celebrities attract to this prestigious area.
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