SOURCE: Purchase College

September 09, 2014 17:07 ET

Purchase College Ranked as One of Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges

Prestigious Recognition Follows Princeton Review, Kiplinger's and Other Top Rankings

PURCHASE, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 9, 2014) - Purchase College-SUNY is listed as one of the "Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges" in the nation and a "Tier 1 National Liberal Arts College" in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges.

"When we look at how Purchase is consistently recognized by prestigious national ranking systems, we see the strength of our mission revealed. Ours is an institution driven to advance the creative process, open-minded engagement and academic excellence. The environment here is unique and supportive -- dedicated to nurturing our students' inventive spirits, ensuring our students' academic and personal success, as well as opening doors to professional opportunities," says Thomas J. Schwarz, president of Purchase College-SUNY.

In addition to the U.S. News & World Report recognition, Purchase College has been included on a number of other highly significant college ranking lists:

  • The Princeton Review named Purchase College in its Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.
  • The Princeton Review's The Best Value Colleges, 2014 edition selected Purchase College. Only 75 public and 75 private colleges were chosen.
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Purchase College to its list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges." Purchase also was included on the list of the "Top 30 Best Values in Small Colleges."
  • Purchase was selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges, a selective guide that includes just over 300 colleges and universities.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, "Again this year, we are proud to see so many of our SUNY campuses recognized as being among the best nationally by U.S. News and World Report. In every community across New York State, SUNY colleges and universities like Purchase College offer students top quality degree programs and applied learning opportunities that prepare them for success in today's 21st-century global economy. Congratulations to each of the SUNY campuses making the list for 2015."

The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, now in its 30th year, are based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

About Purchase College-SUNY
Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspirations for Purchase were to combine on one campus conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Purchase College-SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit

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