America's Ugliest College Campuses

These college campuses emphasize brains over beauty.

SUNY Purchase, NY

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A shortage of windows gives SUNY Purchase a rather ominous vibe more appropriate for New York’s Sing Sing Prison. When the campus was constructed in 1967, Modernism was at its zenith and such an expressive school of uninterrupted expanses of dark brick was a sight to behold. Still, the blank canvas of SUNY Purchase conceals a vibrant campus life. One student commenting on Unigo.com declares “a huge two-day music festival, Zombie Prom, and Pancake Madness! pajama party” as highlights. Fortunately, a number of construction projects have been taking place: Farside dorms are undergoing a major interior renovation, while J-street residences are being converted, Humanities classrooms are getting new furniture, and various buildings are getting much-needed exterior rehab. 

America's Ugliest College Campuses

SUNY Purchase, NY

A shortage of windows gives SUNY Purchase a rather ominous vibe more appropriate for New York’s Sing Sing Prison. When the campus was constructed in 1967, Modernism was at its zenith and such an expressive school of uninterrupted expanses of dark brick was a sight to behold. Still, the blank canvas of SUNY Purchase conceals a vibrant campus life. One student commenting on Unigo.com declares “a huge two-day music festival, Zombie Prom, and Pancake Madness! pajama party” as highlights. Fortunately, a number of construction projects have been taking place: Farside dorms are undergoing a major interior renovation, while J-street residences are being converted, Humanities classrooms are getting new furniture, and various buildings are getting much-needed exterior rehab. 

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