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Purchase College Overview

Purchase College is a public institution situated in Purchase, New York. Purchase is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Purchase College Known For?

990 Undergraduate Awards
$29,816 Avg Cost After Aid
74% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the post-master's certificate is the highest award a student can attain at Purchase College.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 38% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average Purchase College student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Purchase College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Purchase College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Arts & Media Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Value Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#139 Most Popular Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Purchase College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best Value Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#22 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#39 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#63 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual

Where Is Purchase College?

Location of Purchase College

Contact details for Purchase College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Phone: 914-251-6000
Website: www.purchase.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SUNYPurchaseCollege
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SUNY_Purchase

How Do I Get Into Purchase College?

You can apply to Purchase College online at: https://www.purchase.edu/admissions/apply-to-purchase/

Admission Requirements for Purchase College

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Purchase College?

74% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
67% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 74%, Purchase College may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Average Test Scores

About 67% of students accepted to Purchase College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 490 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Purchase College  ( 530 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Purchase College  ( 490 to 570 )
200
800
Purchase College received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Purchase College  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Purchase College  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Purchase College  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Purchase College?

$29,816 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
6.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Purchase College is $29,816. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Purchase College, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $6,486 a year. That adds up to $25,944 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Purchase College is 6.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Purchase College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,709 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,051 undergraduate students at Purchase College, with 3,709 being full-time and 342 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Purchase College

There are also 106 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,709 full-time undergraduates at Purchase College, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Purchase College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Purchase College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Purchase College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 160
Black or African American 467
Hispanic or Latino 935
White 1,881
International Students 58
Other Races/Ethnicities 208

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Purchase College. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 41 countries are represented at Purchase College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Japan.

Online Learning at Purchase College

1 Took All Classes Online
48 Took At Least One Class Online
5.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 48 students took at least one online class at the school.

Online Growth Rankings of Purchase College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Purchase College was 5.7%. This is the #1,621 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Purchase College regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Purchase College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 175 0 0 175
Drama & Theater Arts 0 136 0 0 136
Music 0 51 1 26 78
Arts & Media Management 0 60 0 0 60
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 55 0 0 55
General Psychology 0 52 0 0 52
Fine & Studio Arts 0 49 0 3 52
Dance 0 46 0 0 46
Sociology 0 37 0 0 37
Literature 0 36 0 0 36
Journalism 0 32 0 0 32
Anthropology 0 27 0 0 27
Design & Applied Arts 0 26 0 0 26
General Biology 0 24 0 0 24
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 24 0 0 24
Economics 0 24 0 0 24
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 20 0 4 24
Writing Studies 0 19 0 0 19
History 0 19 0 0 19
Mathematics 0 19 0 0 19
Other Social Sciences 0 12 0 0 12
Philosophy 0 10 0 0 10
Human Development & Family Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Natural Resources Conservation 0 9 0 0 9
Political Science & Government 0 9 0 0 9
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 5 5
Ethnic Studies 0 4 0 0 4
Chemistry 0 4 0 0 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 1 0 0 1
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 1 0 0 1
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9 981 1 38 1,029

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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