SUNY at Purchase College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

SUNY Purchase
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Students applying to SUNY at Purchase College will need to submit, along with an application, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a personal essay. For complete instructions and information about applying, be sure to visit Purchase's website, or contact the admissions office. With an acceptance rate of 44 percent, the school seems selective; still, those with good grades and test scores have a good chance of being admitted.

Admissions Data (2016)

SUNY at Purchase College Description

The State University of New York Purchase College occupies a 550-acre campus in Westchester Country, just 35 miles from New York City. The college is unique among the SUNY schools because of its strong conservatory-based arts programs. The college wins high marks for both the arts and the liberal arts and sciences. Purchase College also ranks highly for its educational value. Few high quality conservatory programs come with such low tuition for either in-state or out-of-state applicants.

The college is selective, and enrolled students can expect an intense undergraduate experience. The campus is residential with 65 percent of students living on campus, and student life is active with a wide range of clubs, organizations, and intramural sports. On the intercollegiate athletic front, the Purchase College Panthers compete in the NCAA Division III Skyline Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 4,156 (4,053 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent male / 56 percent female
  • 91 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,298 (in-state); $18,148 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,298 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,952
  • Other Expenses: $3,215
  • Total Cost: $25,763 (in-state); $35,613 (out-of-state)

Purchase College Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 88 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 58 percent
    • Loans: 55 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,153
    • Loans: $6,558

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Art History, Dance, Drama, English, Film Production, History, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Music, Psychology, Visual and Performing Arts

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 25 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 53 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 62 percent

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  • Men's Varsity: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
  • Women's Varsity: Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Voleyball

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics