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735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
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SUNY at Purchase College

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Situated on a 500-acre campus, SUNY at Purchase College has been providing a unique educational experience by melding the aspects of a liberal arts and sciences program with a conservatory-style education since 1971. The college offers bachelor’s degrees, professional and post-graduate certificates, adult education and pre-college programs to a diverse population of students.

One of the shining points of the school is the Neuberger Museum of Art. The teaching museum is the best museum in Westchester and Fairfield Counties and boasts modern, African and contempory art. The museum has an impressive permanent collection and also features exhibits that showcase about 12 different and varied collections per year.

SUNY at Purchase College has an active, student-centered campus life, residential housing and numerous clubs and organizations.


SUNY at Purchase College is a modern liberal arts college that offers bachelor’s degrees, professional certificates and post-baccalaureate certificates in numerous programs. There is an extensive fine arts program that includes dance, theater arts and music conservatories as well as a school or art design and an arts management program.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is divided into six different colleges including the School of Film and Media Studies, the School of Humanities, the School of Natural and Social Sciences as well as interdisciplinary programs and undeclared studies.

Students wishing to continue their educations with professional certificates or post graduate certificates will study in the Continuing Education department. In addition to the certificate programs, this college also manages the online courses and personal enrichment courses. The Continuing Education Department also deals with summer programs, youth and pre-college programs and senior auditing programs.

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In order for an application packet to be considered complete, prospective students must submit either the SUNY Application or the Common Application online along with the fee. If completing the Common Application, the student must also complete the writing section of the application. If completing the SUNY application, the SUNY supplemental essay is also required. Regardless of the application submitted, official high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, a personal essay and a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor or teacher are also required.

Applicants are considered based on the strength and relevance of the high school program completed, grades, standardized test scores, the quality of the essay and the details of the letter of recommendation, in roughly that order.

It should be noted that each program may have different requirements for application. For instance, some programs require portfolios. All of the information above will be required regardless of the program but students should work closely with the admssions department of the program to which they are replying in order to ensure that the application packet is complete.

Financial Aid

SUNY at Purchase College offers financial aid in the forms of scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. In order to be considered for any type of aid, students must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) that is available online starting in January. It is imperative that students complete this application early in order to be considered for as many forms of aid as possible. When completing the FAFSA, financial information for both the student and family is required so the student should have this readily available prior to starting the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3541st for the average student loan amount.
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The SUNY at Purchase College Panthers are an NCAA Division III athletics organization that participates in the Skyline Conference. The school’s colors are royal blue and white with orange trim. Students have the opportunity to participate in men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball and swimming & diving. Men may also choose to play golf, baseball and tennis while women may also play softball.

The school also features a wellness center, an aquatics program and several different physical education courses and programs so that students may stay fit and healthy.

Additional School Information

The State University of New York was established in 1948 and is a network of 64 unique colleges and universities throughout the state of New York that include all types of schools from small community colleges to one of the top veterinary schools in the country. The schools are spread throughout the state so that nearly every New York resident is within commuting distance to one and many of the schools offer educational and degree cooperation with one another. Combined, SUNY offers more than 7000 degrees and certificate programs. Many of the schools have top-notch research facilities and the system attracts expert faculty from a variety of fields. SUNY is committed to providing the highest quality education at affordable prices to students both in-state and from the rest of the country and around the world.


  • Purchase College State University of New York. Purchase College. 2011. Web. 4 Sept 2011.

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Ranks 79th in New York and 708th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 558th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.02
Burglary 58 1.36
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 23 0.54

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population3,454 (2,944 urban / 510 rural)
Households745 (3.07 people per house)
Median Household Income$183,686
Families649 (3.27 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3617

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1017th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,870 $5,870 $15,320
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,703 $1,703 $1,703
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $638
FT Graduate Tuition $9,870 $9,870 $18,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,703 $1,703 $1,703
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $765
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,672 $24,672 $34,122
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,139 $25,139 $34,589
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,431 $12,431 $21,881

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,829 $7,230 $6,829 $7,230 $15,879 $16,480
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,138 $1,168
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,058 $11,566
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,069 $3,148
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,058 $11,566
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,473 $3,633
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,801 $3,977

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,405 (3,164 male / 5,241 female)
Admitted 2,790 (1,060 male / 1,730 female)
Admission rate 33%
First-time Enrollment 775 (322 male / 453 female)
FT Enrollment 773 (321 male / 452 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment4,353

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Skyline Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Skyline Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Skyline Conference

ACT Test Admission

591st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 22%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

538th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 980 / 1180

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,600
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$8,518
Board Fee$4,190

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 26 56 79 13 2 468 271 939
Anthropology 6 4 10
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1 10 7 19
Biochemistry 1 1 1 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 5 4 1 5 10 26
Chemistry, General 2 2
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 1 5 1 8
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 2 1 23 12 39
Commercial and Advertising Art
Creative Writing 3 9 4 16
Dance, General 4 2 2 9 15 33
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 10 7 20
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 4 1 22 7 36
Economics, General 1 1 2 6 10
English Literature (British and Commonwealth) 1 2 17 9 29
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
Fine and Studio Arts Management 5 5 35 14 59
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 2 4 4 11
Graphic Design 1 4 2 20 6 35
History, General 4 1 15 4 25
Jazz/Jazz Studies 5 5 10
Journalism 2 3 2 24 10 42
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 7 5 35 10 64
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 12 8 4 2 56 26 110
Mathematics, General 1 1 4 2 8
Music Performance, General 1 1 7 7 16
Music Theory and Composition 1 9 9 22
Music, General 7 1 16 3 27
Music, Other 1 1 8 9 19
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 7 2 9
Painting 2 1 7 4 14
Philosophy 1 7 4 12
Photography 3 2 12 7 25
Playwriting and Screenwriting 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 4 1 8 5 19
Printmaking 4 7 12
Psychology, General 3 3 24 9 41
Sculpture 1 5 3 9
Social Sciences, Other 1 3 4 6 14
Sociology 2 9 13 4 28
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1 7 16 25
Visual and Performing Arts, General 2 3 1 8 8 22
Voice and Opera 3 4 7
Women's Studies 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1272nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,004 ($71,702 male / $70,882 female)
Number of FT Faculty 169 (83 male / 86 female)
Number of PT Faculty 418
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $12,883,109

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