Purchase College--SUNY

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735 Anderson Hill Road

Purchase, NY 10577

Phone: (914) 251-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Purchase College--SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1967. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,155, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 550 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Purchase College--SUNY's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 156. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,573 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,023 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Purchase boasts a student body of approximately 4,200 students representing 47 states and 67 countries, who either live on or commute to the 25-building, 500-acre campus in Westchester County, 35 minutes north of Manhattan. Our talented student dancers, musicians, actors, writers, and artists showcase their work not only in Westchester, but also in New York City, Los Angeles, and abroad. Purchase College is in the top tier among public baccalaureate institutions in the nation for the number of psychology and biology graduates who receive doctorates. Purchase College's four renowned arts programs function collaboratively as the School of the Arts. Humanities and science programs, both traditional (for example, pre-med) and interdisciplinary (for example, environmental studies) are administered within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The college's newest unit, "Film and Media Studies" includes programs (for example, new media) that encourage students to take courses across areas and schools. Each student's academic career culminates in a senior project that takes the form of a research project, scholarly thesis, exhibition or performance. Whether a day, evening, part-time, or weekend student, the wide array of courses and access to faculty creates ample opportunities to meet individual needs and objectives.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1967
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $47,155,073


When applying to Purchase College--SUNY, it's important to note the application deadline is July 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Purchase College--SUNY is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 33.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 33.4%
Application deadline July 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Purchase College--SUNY is 16:1, and the school has 73.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Purchase College--SUNY include: Visual and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 52%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 40%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 20%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Purchase College--SUNY has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,155, with a gender distribution of 44.2 percent male students and 55.8 percent female students. Purchase College--SUNY is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,267
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Purchase College--SUNY offers a number of student services including day care, health service, and health insurance. Purchase College--SUNY also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Purchase College--SUNY, 61.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,305.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,573 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,023 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,806 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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