SUNY at Purchase College


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 72nd in New York and 699th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 84.2
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $26,982
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 28 / 1270
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 22 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 81% / 67%
Enrollment Total (all students) 4,234


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

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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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