Purchase, New York
Just 35 miles north of bustling New York City, Purchase College is nestled among 500 acres of fields and forests. It offers rigorous programs in both the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional conservatory training programs in the visual, performing, and theatre arts—the quality of which is guaranteed by the College’s association within the State University of New York (SUNY) System. This range of opportunity makes Purchase College a fantastic choice for the student who has a variety of interests.
Think Wide Open.
Purchase Students are encouraged to seek answers “outside the box” of academics. Commonly referred to as the “quirky” SUNY, Purchase College is an inclusive, diverse, and sustainable community. The motto “Think Wide Open” is a phrase that speaks to Purchase’s focus on the creative process and intellectual curiosity.
Get to know Purchase College
- Choral groups
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
The Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) provides students options in over 600 programs across 50 countries. Students can visit OIPS to discuss their destination of interests, how it fits into their academic schedule, and scholarships available to help with the cost of a trip. Purchase students have trained in Beijing, explored Indian food and art, and even studied in Honduras.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 220 | 10-19: 442 | 20-29: 221
30-39: 81 | 40-49: 17 | 50-99: 29 | 100+: 4
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 94
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 432
White, non-Hispanic: 2,078
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 12
Asian, non-Hispanic: 140
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 6
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 190
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 243
Total Enrollment: 3,944
Purchase College fully acknowledges that every student reacts differently upon taking their first steps on campus. Some may be nervous, some may be a little too excited, but all of them could use some guidance in their own way. Through of combination of freshman orientation and Welcome Week, Purchase allows plenty of time for students to see and work through their transition from high school to college. All first-year students, regardless of major, take a seminar course that further introduces them to the kind of academic, social, and cultural experiences that they are bound to find familiar throughout the rest of college.
Purchase welcomes artists, thought leaders, authors, and scholars throughout the year to teach master classes, host workshops, perform, and lecture. The popular Durst Distinguished Lecture Series has welcomed such authors as Neil Gaiman, Claudia Rankine, and Michael Chabon. Creative minds and innovative thinkers revel in the opportunity to inspire Purchase’s future leaders.
LIVING AND LEARNING
Through theme-based Learning Communities (LCs), students are easily able to connect with like-minded individuals, forming close bonds as they delve into their topic of interest. While faculty act as leaders and mentors of LCs, the College’s Student-Directed Learning Communities (SDLCs) provide the opportunity for smaller groups to form within the residence halls themselves.
Purchase College gives students the best of both the country and the city. The ever-evolving campus sits on 500 acres in Purchase, New York, a prime location at which to enjoy serene surroundings. Nevertheless, students can easily take a quick train ride into the heart of New York City for an internship, audition, or a night out.
The Purchase College Panthers have 17 NCAA Division III teams in the Skyline Conference. Outside of the intercollegiate teams, Purchase offers intramural teams and a variety of workout classes for all students on campus.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 90%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for married students
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
From orientation to beyond graduation, Purchase has support in place for all students and alumni. The Advising Center can help with a number of future-forming processes, whether that be planning a course load for the semester or setting up a plan for a future career. The Learning Center is available for writing and tutoring support, while the Career Development Center can help students put together an 8-semester plan, find an internship, and prepare for an interview or audition. Even after graduation, alumni can use the center to network, find job postings, or even seek out interns and extras.
One of the cornerstones of a Purchase education is the senior project, which is a culminating work that highlights every student’s collegiate education. All Purchase students undertake a project that stretches them to showcase their interests, talents, and abilities in an innovative, high-level way. Working closely with a faculty advisor, their work gives them an experience similar to that of a graduate student as they write books, construct research papers, prepare performances, and more!
Application closing date (fall): Jul. 15
Priority date: Mar. 1
Academic GPA | Application Essay | Talent/ability
Standardized test scores
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank | Recommendation(s)
Interview | Extracurricular activities | Character/personal qualities
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 500 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 29
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $6,470
Tuition (out-of-state): $16,320
Room & Board: $12,952
Room Only: $8,442
Board Only: $4,510