SUNY Purchase included in Fiske Guide to Colleges

SUNY Purchase College has been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges based on the college’s strength in academics, arts and culture, social life, financial aid, campus environment, extracurricular activities, and more.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges has featured than 320 four year schools in their 2018 edition. Photo courtesy

The highly selective guide, compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, includes more than 300 colleges and universities out of several thousand higher education institutions in the U.S.

According to the description in the 2018 guide, SUNY Purchase has an “academic environment that provides a strong sense of community and support, yet celebrates individuals for their unique talents and contributions.”

Quoting a literature major, the guide says, “There’s a raw energy that exists on campus – in the students and professors – that I don’t think many colleges have.”

“We’re pleased that once again [SUNY] Purchase has been nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and for its engaged faculty and student body,” said Thomas J. Schwarz, president of SUNY Purchase. “We remain dedicated to providing the highest quality education in the liberal arts, sciences, and performing and visual arts. We are proud to provide an affordable and accessible experience, while nurturing the creative process and open-minded exploration that are the hallmarks of a Purchase education.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, which has been published for more than 30 years, provides a subjective and systematic look at colleges, giving readers the real personality of the institutions based on a wide range of subjects. Research, accompanied by testimonials from students, offers helpful and honest information about academic climates and courses.

In addition to being available in print form, the guide is also available as an iPad app on iTunes and a Web app on

In addition to the Fiske recognition, SUNY Purchase has recently been included on other significant college ranking lists. U.S. News & World Report named Purchase one of the top liberal arts colleges. The Princeton Review named Purchase College in its Best 381 Colleges, 2017 Edition, which praised Purchase’s faculty members who “bring the material [to] life and take learning outside the classroom,” in addition to its “artsy, unique, passionate, intelligent,” student body. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Purchase College to its 2017 list of “Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”



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