SUNY Purchase GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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SUNY Purchase GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

SUNY Purchase GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
SUNY Purchase GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of SUNY Purchase's Admissions Standards:

Purchase College, part of the State University of New York, has selective admissions. Fewer than half of all applicants will get in, and successful applicants tend to have above average grades and standardized test scores. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted. Most students who got in had a high school GPA of a "B-" or better, a combined SAT score (RW+M) of 950 or higher, and an ACT composite score of 18 or higher. Your chances of getting in, however, will be significantly higher if your grades and test scores are above these lower ranges. At the same time, you'll notice that a few students were admitted with somewhat lower numbers.

The Purchase College website states that most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or better, an 1170 SAT score (RW+M) and an ACT composite score of 24.

You can also see that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (wait listed students) overlapping with the blue and green throughout the graph. This means that students who had grades and standardized test scores to get into SUNY Purchase College did not get in. This is because Purchase has holistic admissions, and admission decisions are based on more than numerical data. To quote the SUNY Purchase admissions website, the admissions officers "consider the various personal experiences and circumstances that have shaped each individual." Whether you use the SUNY Application or the Common Application, the admissions folks are going to want to see a strong application essay, meaningful extracurricular activities, and a positive letter of recommendation. The college will also be looking at the rigor of your high school courses. Successful completion of Advanced Placement, IB, Honors, and Dual Enrollment classes can all strengthen your application.

Note that many programs have additional application requirements. Some programs such as acting and music performance have an audition requirement. A strong audition can help compensate for less-than-ideal grades and standardized test scores, while a weak audition can undermine an application that is otherwise on target for admission. Other programs such as creative writing, photograph, sculpture, and several other BFA programs require applicants to submit a portfolio of their work. It is largely because of Purchase College's strong arts and conservatory programs that the graph above has so much overlap between accepted and rejected students. For many programs, artistic talent plays a significant role in the application process.

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