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SUNY at Purchase College

Purchase, New York

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SUNY at Purchase College overview
Location Purchase, New York
Online purchase.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
SUNY at Purchase College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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SUNY at Purchase College, situated in Purchase, New York, offers a unique blend of liberal arts and fine arts education within a public institution framework. Founded in 1967 as a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, it is characterized by its modernist architecture and bucolic 500-acre campus setting, approximately 30 miles from New York City. The college provides a variety of undergraduate programs with strong emphasis on the arts, notably in visual and performing arts, along with more traditional liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Known for its conservatory-based approach within certain arts programs, Purchase College attracts a diverse student body with competitive admission in the arts. On-campus housing is available, housing a significant percentage of the student population in several residence halls. The college does not have a particularly large focus on athletics; hence, sports are not a defining aspect of the student experience at Purchase College.

In the most recent statistical year 5,747 prospective students applied, and 4,292 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 687 enrolled in the school.  2,917 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 265 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,070 plus fees of $1,883. Purchase College is ranked 319 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Purchase College is rated within the top 37% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

SUNY at Purchase College overview
SAT 1190/1350
ACT 29/31
GPA 3.37

Applications Accepted

SUNY at Purchase College overview
Applications Due Jul 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

New York Resident Tuition

In State Costs for SUNY at Purchase College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,240
Other Fees$1,883
Room and Board $14,948
Budget for Other Expenses$3,400
Total One Year Cost$28,541

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for SUNY at Purchase College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,240
Other Fees$1,883
Room and Board $14,948
Budget for Other Expenses$3,400
Total One Year Cost$38,451

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

56% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by SUNY at Purchase College students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 37%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 22%
Social Sciences 11%
English and Literature 6%
Communication 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196219 IPEDS survey data for SUNY at Purchase College.

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