College of The Week
SUNY Purchase (also known as Purchase College) (Purchase, New York
Public liberal arts college
· 500-acre campus
· Founded in 1967
· Approximately 4,234 students (4,134 undergraduates and 100 graduate students)
· SUNY Purchase was ranked the 10th best public national liberal arts college in 2021’s U.S. News & World Report
· SUNY Purchase’s motto is “Think Wide Open”
· Purchase offers majors from three schools: the School for Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts, and the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education
· SUNY Purchase has a 14:1 student-teacher ratio
· Approximately 40% of Purchase's student body is enrolled in the School of the Arts.
· SUNY Purchase offers over 50 student clubs and organizations
· Purchase houses the Neuberger Museum of Art, which is among the ten largest museums in New York and the eighth-largest university museum in the nation. The Neuberger Museum of Art has works from 20th-century masters, midcareer and emerging artists, and is well known for its permanent exhibition of African art.
· Purchase’s Jandon Business of the Arts Distinguished Lecture Series, endowed by the Donald Cecil family, is designed to enhance the arts management program at the college. Past lecturers include Joseph Volpe, former general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, and Ben Cameron, program director at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
· Purchase’s School of Art & Design hosts an annual Visiting Artist Lecture Series that brings artists, art historians, curators, and critics to campus for lectures and discussions with students and the broader Purchase community. Previous guest lecturers include Jules de Balincourt, Justine Kurland, Amanda Ross-Ho and Barnaby Fumas.
· Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance houses both bachelor's and master's programs, and is one of the most highly regarded conservatories of dance in the United States. It is housed in the Purchase College Dance Building, which was the first facility constructed in the United States solely for the study and performance of dance.
· Purchase’s Conservatory of Music Building has two recital halls, 75 practice rooms, 80 Steinway & Sons pianos, and professional recording studios.
· The Purchase Opera, the school's student opera company, was founded in 1998 and has won nine first-place honors from the National Opera Association.
· Purchase’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts is among the top theatre schools in the nation, according to the Princeton Review, and was ranked 20 in Hollywood Reporter's list of Best Drama Schools in the country.
· As a requirement for the BA and BS degrees, 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.
· One of Purchase’s most popular events, Culture Shock is an annual two-day weekend music and carnival festival that has featured dozens of renowned performers, including alumni students who have recently graduated from Purchase's Music Conservatory. Some notable performers include: Iggy Azalea, MF DOOM, Jay Electronica, SZA, Regina Spektor, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Kool Keith, Destiny’s Child, Solange, Drake, and Big Freedia.
· Purchase Athletic Teams, known as The Panthers, participate as a member of the NCAA Division III. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball.
· Notable alumni include Actor Edie Falco, Actor Wesley Snipes, Actor Josh Hartnett, Actor and Musician Zoe Kravitz, Actor Ving Rhames, Director Stanley Tucci, Actor Constance Wu, Playwright Donald Margulies, Producer Bob Gosse, Screenwriter Hal Hartley, Director Eric Mendelsohn, Choreographer Terese Capucilli, Rapper Mase, Musician Moby, Singer Regina Spektor and Artist Jon Kessler
· For more information, please visit SUNY Purchase’s website: https://www.purchase.edu
Juniata College (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania)
· Private liberal arts college
· 800-acre rural campus
· Founded in 1876
· Approximately 1,573 students
· Founded by members of the Church of the Brethren for those who could not afford formal education
· Juniata has students from 42 states and territories and 45 countries
· One of Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives
· Juniata College ranks 82 in National Liberal Arts Colleges and 61 in Best Value Schools by U.S.News, and ranked 36th in the 2014 Washington Monthly Best Bang for the Buck
· Juniata College features a "Program of Emphasis" rather than the common Academic Major. Within a certain course framework, students choose and create their own Program of Emphasis and graduate with a degree in it. There are designated Programs of Emphasis that follow a set of courses (e.g. Environmental Science, Communication and Anthropology, etc.) or students may create their own with the approval of two faculty advisors. Nearly forty-five percent of Juniata students design their own program of emphasis.
· Juniata also has a 95% acceptance rate to all postgraduate programs, including medical, podiatric, dental, occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, and law schools
· Since 2003, Juniata has produced eight Academic All-Americans, five American Physiological Society Undergraduate Research Fellows, 20 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars, 19 Fulbright Scholars, 14 Goldwater Fellows, one Pickering Fellow, eight St. Andrew's Society Scholars, and one Davies-Jackson Scholar. Juniata also perennially places at least one student as a Harvard Summer Research Scholar.
· Juniata offers study-abroad opportunities in 22 countries on 6 continents
· Juniata is a NCAA Division III collegiate sports institution. Juniata Athletics, known as The Eagles, is well known for its volleyball program (Men's and Women's)
· Juniata has a longstanding tradition of campus-wide events dating back to its founding days, including but not limited to Lobsterfest, Mountain Day, Storming of the Arch, Mr. Juniata Pageant, Madrigal Dinner, and the Liberal Arts Symposium
· Notable alumni include former NFL head coach Chuck Knox, MLB pitcher Pat Malone, atomic physicist William Daniel Phillips, producer and cinematographer Michael Trim and former Secretary of State for the State of Delaware Harriet Smith Windsor · For more information, please visit Juniata’s website: https://www.juniata.edu
Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut)
· Private university
· Suburban campus consisting of three campuses: the Mount Carmel campus off of Mount Carmel Avenue in Hamden; the York Hill campus off of Sherman Avenue in Hamden, and the North Haven Campus in North Haven
· Founded in 1929
· Approximately 10,207 students (7,425 undergraduate & 2,782 graduate)
· Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate majors, 20 graduate programs, and a Juris Doctor program
· Quinnipiac offers 23 dual-degree programs, including but not limited to an Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy program, as well as programs in Theater, Social Work, and Cybersecurity
· Quinnipiac offers 20 online programs, including but not limited to Health Science Studies, Business Administration, as well as Certificates in Online Course Design and Occcupational Therapy
· Quinnipiac's physician assistant (PA) program is ranked 5th nationally by U.S. News & World Report
· Quinnipiac operates several media outlets, including but not limited to a professionally run commercial radio station, WATX, student-run FM radio station WQAQ, and award-winning student-run television station Q30 Television
· Quinnipiac’s York Hill campus is a "green" campus, making use of renewable energy and environmentally friendly resources, including one of the first major wind farms integrated into a university campus
· Quinnipiac offers 140 recognized student clubs and organizations
· Quinnipiac offers study abroad programs in 32 countries, from Barbados to Australia
· The Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles Program is a year-round program that allows students to live, work and learn in the heart of America’s entertainment industry.
· The Quinnipiac University in Washington, D.C. program (QU in DC) gives enthusiastic students from a range of majors the opportunity to live and intern in the nation’s capital
· Quinnipiac's Polling Institute receives national recognition for its independent surveys of residents throughout the United States. It conducts public opinion polls on politics and public policy as a public service as well as for academic research. The poll has been cited by major news outlets throughout North America and Europe, including The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, and CNN.
· Quinnipiac is home to seven fraternities and nine sororities
· Quinnipiac’s Athletic Teams, known as The Bobcats, are members of the NCAA Division I league. Quinnipiac has 7 men’s Varsity teams and 14 women’s Varsity teams.
· Notable alumni include former Major League Baseball player Turk Wendell, former CEO of Johnson & Johnson William C. Weldon, former mayor of Alexandria, Virginia William D. Euillie, former businessman and CEO of Lender’s Bagels Murray Lender, Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton, and reporter and co-host for Fox News Carley Shimkus · For more information, please visit Quinnipiac’s website: https://www.qu.edu
CUNY LaGuardia Community College (Queens, New York)
· Public community college
· 1,872,263 sq. ft. urban campus
· Founded in 1968
· Approximately 17,569 students
· LaGuardia's student body is made up of people from 160 different countries who speak 127 languages natively
· Of the student population, 43% (6,386) are Hispanic, 22% (3,171) are Asian, 18% (2,699) are Black, 13% (1,937) are White, and 4% (656) described themselves as Other
· LaGuardia offers associate (2-year) degrees in the arts, sciences, and applied sciences, as well as continuing education programs
· LaGuardia offers associate degrees and certificates in over 50 majors across the following academic departments: Business & Technology, Fine Arts, Communication Skills, Cooperative Education, Education & Language Acquisition, English, Health Sciences, Humanities, Math, Engineering & Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences
· Some of the unique degrees and certificates offered at LaGuardia are Energy Technician, Commercial Photography, Industrial Design, Veterinary Technology, Music Recording Technology, Deaf Studies and Paramedic, to name a few
· LaGuardia offers comprehensive tutoring services for all students from both professors and fellow students
· LaGuardia hosts a number of labs to support student academic and cognitive development, including a Reading Lab and an Academic ESL Lab, both meant to enhance and develop important skills to promote academic improvement and success
· LaGuardia proudly participates in the CUNY NYC Men Teach program, which provides academic and financial supports to Men Teach students, with the goal of supporting them through the certification and hiring process so they can enter the NYC teaching workforce as effective urban educators. Men Teach students may receive monthly metro cards, free certification exam practice tests and other financial incentives, as well as access to a dedicated program counselor who will help with advisement and academic supports.
· Notable alumni include Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., professional wrestler Reby Sky, Deputy Mayor (under Rudolph Giuliani) Rudy Washington, Holocaust survivor, poet and author Elly Gross, and rapper and actor Nicki Minaj · For more information, please visit LaGuardia’s website: https://www.laguardia.edu/home/Default.aspx
Guilford College (Greensboro, North Carolina)
· Private liberal arts college
· 340-acre suburban campus
· Founded in 1837
· Approximately 1,429 students
· Guilford College is the only Quaker-founded college in the southeastern United States
· The woods of Guilford’s New Garden, which still exist on campus today, were used as a meeting point for the Underground Railroad during the 19th century
· Guilford's program offerings include such majors as Peace and Conflict Studies and Community and Justice Studies, both rooted in the college's history as a Quaker institution
· Students at Guilford as assigned their own personal teams of advisers to assist them with a wide range of important college tasks, including but not limited to academic support and guidance, career education and exploration, and determining interests and opportunities to provide the best experience possible to pursue goals.
· Guilford’s Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program (MLSP) is a year-long program designed to develop students’ understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and their impact in society as well as at Guilford. MLSP students receive a scholarship for the academic year.
· Guilford’s Center for Principled Problem Solving and Excellence in Teaching (CPPSET) supports initiatives that apply the knowledge and skills gained through hands-on education and innovative research to solving real-world education problems. Past projects have included creating an outreach program to stimulate scientific curiosity in elementary school students through hands-on experiments, developing curriculum on environmental racism for children at an Eco-Camp in North Carolina, and hosting an educational access summit for youth in Rwanda, to name a few.
· Every summer, Guilford hosts the five-week-long Eastern Music Festival (EMF), where both professional and student musicians come together for seminars and public performances. Each year, EMF features more than 70 concerts and music-related events on- and off-campus.
· Guilford’s largest campus-wide event of the year is "Serendipity," held annually in the spring. The weekend festival features games and musical performances. Musical acts who have played this event include: Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, Hootie and the Blowfish, Common, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Luscious Jackson and The Violent Femmes.
· Guilford’s WTH?! Con, occurring annually since 2001, includes a host of webcomic creators and wrock bands, attracting hundreds of attendees each year.
· Guilford’s Athletic Teams, known as The Quakers, are members of the NCAA Division III league. Guilford Athletic Teams have won five national championships.
· Notable alumni include CEO of Tupperware Rick Goings, inventor of the exit poll, Warren Mitofsky, former NBA player Greg Jackson, U.S. Representative, Senator and Governor of Montana Joseph M. Dixon, Major League Baseball player and journalist Doc Searls · For more information, please visit Guilford’s website: https://www.guilford.edu
Adelphi University (Garden City, New York)
· Private university
· Adelphi is the oldest institution of higher education in suburban Long Island
· 75-acre suburban campus
· Adelphi also has centers in Manhattan, Hudson Valley, and Suffolk County
· Founded in 1896
· Approximately 7,859 students (5,103 undergraduate & 2,756 graduate)
· Adelphi is home to 8 colleges and schools: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional and Continuing Studies, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, College of Nursing and Public Health, School of Social Work and Honors College
· Adelphi also offers 6 different joint degree programs: Dentistry (New York University), Engineering (Columbia University), Environmental Studies (Columbia University), Optometry (SUNY State College), Osteopathic Medicine (Touro College) and Physical Therapy (New York Medical College)
· Adelphi has partnerships with outside providers who offer study abroad opportunities to students in approximately 120 different countries. For semester and academic year direct exchanges with Adelphi partners, students can use 100% of their federal and institutional aid.
· Adelphi's School of Social Work is home to the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, which marked its 30th anniversary in 2010
· Adelphi offers a host of student clubs and organizations, including but not limited to Black Students United, Latin-American Student Organization, Muslim Students Association, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Pre-Law Society, Equestrian Club, Future Teachers Association and Females of Culture United for Success (FOCUS)
· The Bridges to Adelphi program is a fee-based program that specializes in social, academic and vocational services for students with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities or difficulties with executive functioning, time management skills, etc. The program is designed to make transition between high school and college easier. Students in Bridges to Adelphi individually meet with Bridges staff on a regular basis to help with their social and/or academic difficulties. The program also offers plenty of social groups and events
· Adelphi’s Levermore Global Scholars (LGS) challenges students to examine complex issues and tackle global problems and prepares them to become leading professionals in their chosen fields. The program enriches any major with an interdisciplinary global perspective through seminars and a variety of co-curricular activities, including cultural excursions, internships, study abroad, service projects and activities at the United Nations.
· Adelphi’s Athletic Teams, known as The Panthers, are members of the NCAA Division II league. Adelphi has 23 Varsity teams and The Panthers have won 18 NCAA Division II National Championships in three different sports.
· Notable alumni include Founder and Frontman of rap group Public Enemy Chuck D and Public Enemy member Flavor Flav, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Creator of the musical Rent Jonathan Larson, 5th Prime Minister of St. Maarten Leona Marlin-Romeo, Congressman for New York 6th District Gregory Meeks, former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz and Broadway choreographer, dancer and teacher Steven Vincent · For more information, please visit Allegheny’s website: https://www.adelphi.edu
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Manhattan, New York)
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Manhattan, New York)
· Public College
· The first liberal arts college in the country with a criminal justice and forensic focus
· Located in the heart of Manhattan
· Founded in 1964
· As of 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked John Jay’s Criminology graduate program #10 in the country, and its Public Affairs graduate program #56 (top 20%)
· Approximately 15,045 students (13,309 undergraduate and 1,740 graduate)
· Over 75% of John Jay’s student body identify as a minority (39% Hispanic, 28% White, 21% Black, 12% Asian), while over 130 nationalities are represented among those enrolled at the college. John Jay's diversity is highlighted even further by the fact that 47% of the student body are first-generation Americans, about half speak a language other than English at home, and 33% are foreign-born.
· John Jay has a 16:1 student-faculty ratio
· John Jay offers in-person, online and hybrid courses
· There are 52 student organizations active on campus, many of which are housed in "Club Row", a series of hallways where the student clubs are given space
· John Jay’s campus consists of six buildings, including the New Building, which directly connected to the western side of Haaren Hall and includes classrooms, conference rooms, a black box theater, a mock court, a 9/11 memorial, and an exterior roof quad called the "Jay Walk.” The New Building, constructed in 2011, was listed by real estate publication The Real Deal as one of the “ten best buildings to see in America” and one of “the coolest works of architecture in the country.”
· The CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) is a partnership of seven CUNY community colleges with John Jay College of Criminal Justice to help students make the transition to a baccalaureate degree. By completing an associate degree in a CJA major at one of the participating CUNY community colleges, students in the program are automatically part of the CJA and receive dual admission that puts them on track to complete their bachelor’s degree at John Jay.
· SASP Peer Success Coaches are assigned to all Freshman students in First Year Seminars at John Jay. As one of their first connections at the college, Peer Success Coaches familiarize students with the college, make referrals to campus resources, offer ongoing tips for academic success, and connect them to friends and mentors. They also offer individual and group success coaching sessions.
· John Jay’s athletic teams, known as The Bloodhounds, are members of the NCAA Division III. Men’s teams include Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Rifle, Baseball, Softball and Volleyball. Women’s teams include Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming and Cheerleading.
· Notable alumni include Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, FDNY Chief Ronald Spadafora, New Jersey State Senator Ronald Rice, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, the first African American NYPD Commissioner Benjamin Ward, Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson and Mayor of Rochester, New York Lovely Warren
· For more information, please visit John Jay’s website: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu
SUNY Albany (Albany, New York)
SUNY Albany (Albany, New York)
· Public research university
· 605-acre campus
· Founded in 1844
· Approximately 17,743 students (4,784 undergraduates and 303 graduate students)
· SUNY Albany comprises nine schools and an honors college: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, School of Business, School of Criminal Justice, School of Education, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, School of Public Health, School of Social Welfare, and the Honors College
· SUNY Albany has three campuses: the Uptown Campus in Albany and Guilderland, the Downtown Campus in Albany, and the Health Sciences Campus in the City of Rensselaer
· SUNY Albany has 50 undergraduate majors and 125 graduate degree programs
· Through the SUNY Albany and SUNY-wide exchange programs, students have more than 600 study-abroad programs to choose from
· SUNY Albany’s Campus Center provides a wide range of offerings for students, including lounging areas, cafeterias, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and national chain eateries
· SUNY Albany’s Performing Arts Center contains five performance spaces, including a 500-person theater space, a recital hall, and a black box theater
· The UAlbany Speaker Series attracts speakers from all over the country. Past speakers have included Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Common, Octavia Spencer, Russell Simmons, Barbara Walters, Sonia Sotomayor and Magic Johnson.
· SUNY Albany offers over 300 student clubs and organizations, as well as 18 NCAA Division I Athletic Teams
· SUNY Albany’s Academic Support Center offers tutoring, peer advising, as well as “walk-in” advising sessions. The University requires that every student meet with their advisor every semester through graduation to assist students in taking advantage of all that UAlbany has to offer.
· SUNY Albany offers MAPs (Major Academic Pathways) to its students. MAPs are detailed plans that help students stay on task in their chosen major over the course of the four years of college. They outline each semester, as well as summers, and provide needed classes and suggestions about internships and job searches.
· Notable alumni include President of Tommy Jeans John Kourakos, actor Steve Guttenberg, former NY Congresswoman Susan Molinari, NFL cornerback Rashad Barksdale, American rapper, television personality and actress Awkwafina, and actor D.B. Woodside
· For more information, please visit SUNY Albany’s website: https://www.albany.edu
Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York)
CUNY Guttman Community College (Manhattan, New York)
SUNY Old Westbury (Old Westbury, New York)
Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York)
CUNY Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, New York)
Allegheny College (Meadville, Pennsylvania)
Allegheny College (Meadville, Pennsylvania)
- Private liberal arts college
- 542-acre campus
- Founded in 1815
- Approximately 1,771 students live on campus
- One of Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives
- In the 2021 S. World News & Report, Allegheny tied at 19th for "Best Undergraduate Teaching,” and tied for 29th in "Most Innovative Schools"
- Allegheny’s campus has 40 principal buildings on a 79-acre central campus located, a 203-acre outdoor recreational complex (Robertson Athletic Complex), and a 283-acre nature reserve, protected forest, and experimental forest (Bousson)
- Allegheny has 11 different residence halls, ranging from dorm rooms to pods to suites to apartments
- In addition to the multitude of majors and minors offered at Allegheny, students can also design their own majors and minors
- Allegheny has over 100 different clubs and organizations on campus, including but not limited to Astronomy Club, the College Choir, an Outing Club, and a Peace Coalition
- Allegheny’s Newton Observatoryhouses a nine-inch refracting telescope and a computer-interfaced 10-inch Meade LX200 telescope with CCD camera for student use
- The Allegheny College Center for Experiential Learning(ACCEL) coordinates career internships, off-campus study programs, service-learning, pre-professional advising, and leadership development
- Allegheny’s student-to-faculty ratio is 13-to-1
- Allegheny offers pre-professional programs in law and health
- Allegheny’s Athletic Teams, known as The Gators, are members of the NCAA Division III league. Men's sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track & field. Women's sports are basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.
- Notable alumni include 25th President of the United States William McKinley, Trent Reznor of the band Nine Inch Nails, Antarctic Explorer Paul Siple, and Olympic pole vaulter Jeremy Scott
- For more information, please visit Allegheny’s website: https://allegheny.edu