Students Say

In urging its students to “Think Wide Open,” SUNY Purchase features “unique and artistic minds” within its “wonderfully diverse community of people.” Boasting both great value and close proximity to New York City, SUNY Purchase is well known for its outstanding curricula in the arts, and its “very creative, often artistic” students cite its film, music, creative writing, and graphic design programs, and generally “artsy atmosphere” as major draws: “The School of the Arts is very rigorous and has a reputation of being one of the best in the country.”

Overview

Applicants
6,955
Acceptance Rate
41%
Average HS GPA
3.24

GPA Breakdown

18%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
29%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
July 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

In urging its students to “Think Wide Open,” SUNY Purchase features “unique and artistic minds” within its “wonderfully diverse community of people.” Boasting both great value and close proximity to New York City, SUNY Purchase is well known for its outstanding curricula in the arts, and its “very creative, often artistic” students cite its film, music, creative writing, and graphic design programs, and generally “artsy atmosphere” as major draws: “The School of the Arts is very rigorous and has a reputation of being one of the best in the country.” While Purchase’s arts programs are frequently named by students as their reason for attending, the school offers a “wide variety of majors,” and students report being “in love” with their diverse courses of study. Students, particularly those who benefit from in-state tuition, also appreciate their education’s “affordability,” and say that Purchase leaders don’t sacrifice personal attention for cost value, creating an “efficient, helpful and…very welcoming community.” Many students choose the “very academically sound” SUNY Purchase over private options for this reason, affirming that their education offers the “same likeliness of obtaining a suitable and successful job/career as a private school” with “the affordability [of] a state school.” Students attribute much of this “overall fantastic academic experience” to “highly motivated, engaged, and knowledgeable” professors, who are “dedicated” and “willing to do anything to ensure the success of their students.” “I have learned more in college than I have in my entire life,” one student encapsulates her academic experience. “That alone should sum up how fantastic Purchase College has been to me.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
463
with Terminal Degree
152

232
Women
231
Men
53
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • American Literature (United States)
  • Creative Writing
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Arts Management
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Dance, General
  • Dance, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Donald Margulies
Pulitzer Prize winner

Edie Falco
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner

Stanley Tucci
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner

Carl Safina
Award-winning marine ecologist

Fred Wilson
Internationally acclaimed artist

Dough Varone
Renowned choreographer

Hal Hartley
Award-winning independent filmmaker

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bang For Your Buck

Purchase College’s fantastic arts education comes with an affordable price tag of $5,570 for New York students and $14,820 for out-of-state applicants. Students should also expect to shell out another $14,400 dollars for housing, fees, and supplies. Purchase does work to help students get the financial aid they need. The school will award almost $2 million in scholarship funds for 2012–2013 academic year. The average student does accumulate $26,680 in debt. Purchase also helps students find work in their fields of study. As the administration explains: “Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the wide variety of internships and on-/off-campus opportunities for experiential learning posted on our nationally acclaimed online job and internship listing system.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,039

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,514

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,686

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,348

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,170
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$15,820
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,207

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,272
Transportation for Commuters
$1,592

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

The “creative, vibrant, eclectic, and diverse” Purchase student body “want[s] to do something great, often something odd, but great.” They’re “arty,” “opinionated and smart,” “liberal” and “open minded.” They express pride in how “very bohemian” and inclusive they perceive their campus to be: “It’s a haven and a safe space for those of us who have spent life being misfits or outcasts, and it harbors a creative community like no other.” It’s “okay to be weird” at Purchase, and the collective weirdness engenders a “free-thinking,” “non-judgmental,” “non-conforming” social zeitgeist. “Purchase is full of bright students who flourish, work hard, and study hard, but who don’t always fit into standard avenues to ‘success’,” one summarizes. At least for “eclectic” “hipsters,” it’s easy to fit in at Purchase because “being unique is seen as a value.” “Think wide open” is the near-unanimous summary of the Purchase student experience, both academically and socially.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,188
Out of State
15%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
39

Demographics

55% female
45% male
15% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Both resident and commuter students attend lots of arts-oriented performances on campus, especially at The Stood student center, which is “home to frequent excellent musical performances.” One undergraduate echoes the common themes: “My life at school revolves around several things. The arts, my studies, seeing my friends and trying to attend as many campus events as possible.” Student clubs and activities, arts programs, and “house parties” populate the “very social atmosphere” on campus, and off campus, further entertainment can be enjoyed through the “easy access” to New York City and also neighboring White Plains. Drugs seem to make an appearance in social life without dominating it, while drinking is more prominent in students’ depictions of Purchase’s party culture. Athletic teams and games are less ubiquitously attended than artsier fare, but are present nonetheless. Purchase students enjoy themselves, but not at the expense of their studies: “people are focused on their work” because “everyone is constantly working towards bettering their talent.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
66%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
30
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Panthers)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Panthers)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center

Sustainability

The State University of New York at Purchase has set the ambitious goal of reducing its energy use intensity 20 percent by 2020 per Executive Order 88. To meet the goal, the College has compiled a comprehensive energy master plan of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The campus has also sub-metered most buildings to measure electric consumption and hired a Senior Energy Manager to focus on energy and sustainability issues. The Energy Manager is part of a larger campus effort; the sustainability committee, which consists of students and faculty/staff, that make decisions about Green Fee Fund requests. To reduce its building’s carbon footprint, the school is constructing a LEED Silver building, installing energy-efficient equipment, installing a green roof, and reclaiming construction debris for use in other projects, (over 490 tons of debris was reclaimed this year). To reduce transportation’s carbon footprint, the school offers a variety of alternatives including Zimride’s and Purpool’s online carpool systems, two Zipcars and seven electric vehicles. In addition, during the semester, over 25 employees live on campus, which reduces vehicle emissions created by commuting. To reduce its purchasing carbon footprint, the college purchases green cleaning products, recycled paper and more than 20 percent of its food from local vendors. Purchase’s dining service recycled over nine tons of kitchen grease, reduced food waste through tray-less dining and its Trim-Trax program which tracks, measures and reduces kitchen waste. Academically, the school currently offers a major and a minor in Environmental Studies, which educate students in critical thinking both about the origins of environmental problems and the building blocks of environmental solutions.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Average Number of PC's per Lab
600

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
50%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Stephanie McCaine
Director of Admissions

Address
SUNY Purchase
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY 10577-1400

Phone
914-251-6300


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Performing Arts Center
The Neuberger Museum
State-of-the-Art Athletic Complex
Starbucks
Fort Awesome
New Student Services building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
35 minutes from Manhattan (New York City), accessible by train
Less than ten minutes to white Plains which offers
Many restaurants, caf s, shopping malls, and parks.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday/Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday/Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By train: From New York City via rail from Grand Central Station, take the Harlem Line/Metro North to White Plains. Board the Anderson Hill Road bus No. 12 or take a taxi to campus. Alternatively, take the New Haven Line/Metro North to Rye and take a taxi to campus. By Bus: Take the No. 12 northbound from White Plains or southbound from Yorktown, Mount Kisco, or Armonk. Buses leave approximately every hour, Monday through Saturday.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York City, Southern Westchester, and Long Island-Take the Hutchinson River Parkway north to Exit 28 (Lincoln Avenue). Turn left onto Lincoln Avenue and proceed approximately one mile to Anderson Hill Road (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto Anderson Hill Road. The campus is immediately on the left. From Rockland County and northern New Jersey (via the Tappan Zee Bridge)-Take I-287 (Cross Westchester Expressway) to Exit 8E. Shortly after first traffic light, bear left onto Anderson Hill Road. Proceed approximately 2.5 miles. The campus is on the left, just after intersection at Lincoln Avenue. From Northern Westchester-Take I-684 south to Exit 2 (Route 120), drive over the bridge and turn right onto Route 120 south (Purchase Street). Follow Route 120 south, 3.2 miles to Anderson Hill Road (1st traffic light) and turn left. Turn left at 2nd traffic light into campus. From Connecticut: Take the Merritt Parkway south (which becomes the Hutchinson River Parkway in New York State) south to New York Exit 28, Lincoln Avenue (Note: Do not get off at Exit 28 in Connecticut). Turn right onto Lincoln Avenue and proceed approximately one mile to Anderson Hill Road (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto Anderson Hill Road. The campus is immediately on the left.

Local Accommodations
Arrowwood Resort/Conference Center Anderson Hill Rd., Rye Brook 914-939-5500 Courtyard by Marriott 631 Midland Ave., Rye 914-921-1110 Rye Town Hilton 699 Westchester Ave., Rye Brook 914-939-6300
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Key Stats

6,955
Applicants
4,188
Size
41%
Acceptance Rate

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