SUNY at Purchase College in Purchase

Purchase, NY

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SUNY at Purchase College offers 156-degree programs and 3 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 41%. The most popular test is SAT - 76% of students submitted it in comparison to 21% of students who submitted ACT. 45% are women, and 55% are men. 2% percents of international students. SUNY at Purchase College is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at SUNY at Purchase College is 19103$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $12837 and $24600 per year. 63% of full-time SUNY at Purchase College students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $34,400, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The SUNY at Purchase College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, SUNY at Purchase College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$12,423
$30,001 - $48,000$16,118
$48,001 - $75,000$20,529
$75,001 - $110,000$22,754

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Completion of college-preparatory program



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 8196

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2445 of SUNY at Purchase College undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 59 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes SUNY at Purchase College number 120 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in New York.

Students at SUNY at Purchase College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in SUNY at Purchase College.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


SUNY at Purchase College graduation rate is above the national average.

63% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to SUNY at Purchase College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

10 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

SUNY at Purchase College acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 67%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 26%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so SUNY at Purchase College acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 26%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The SUNY at Purchase College full-time retention rate is 81% and part-time retention rate is 33%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking SUNY at Purchase College students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
960 - 1180

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 490 - 610
Math: 470 - 570
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking SUNY at Purchase College students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
22 - 27

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 0 - 0
Math: 0 - 0
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at SUNY at Purchase College is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In SUNY at Purchase College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at SUNY at Purchase College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in New York.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 735 Anderson Hill Rd address in Purchase, New York.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of SUNY at Purchase College with 1.46% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and arson.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

SUNY at Purchase College offers 156 programs in total: 132 are for Bachelor's degree, 15 - for Master's degree, 6 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 25 universities in Westchester county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. SUNY at Purchase College is one of the few institutions in Westchester that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 3 distance learning programs that are offered in the SUNY at Purchase College: 3 are for Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the New York state average data to help you compare.


SUNY at Purchase College provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4156 students with 124669 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 93 with 2237 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for SUNY at Purchase College

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I really regret attending this college. I was apart of the film program for two years, be prepared to live in a depressing windowless basement. Being a freshman in 2012-2013 I lived in first floor far-side dorm, there was literally so much mold I would wake up with bloody noses daily, and literally MUSHROOMS growing out of the shower stall walls (see photo below). I reported it multiple times, nothing was done. I paid $15,000 for two semesters (Just housing) to live in mold and shower with mushrooms. Oh but after I graduated they “fixed” the far side dorm bc it was deemed a health hazard. D-hall is a health hazard too. The Liberal studies/ liberal arts degree is useless in the real world folks. It puts you into thousands of dollars of debt with little no career options or path. I visited the very empty career center multiple times, all they will tell you is set up LinkedIN and learn how to freelance yourself after school. Thanks for NOTHING but debt purchase college.If you have any disability or have depression. Do NOT go to this school. It will make everything 1,000 times worse. I was forced to go on and take psychotropic medication if I wanted to continue to participate with the swim team. The “medicine” made me feel like a zombie. The head Swim Coach from 2015 disclosed to the entire swim without my permission that I was ill. This changed how other classmates acted towards me. And in general if you have any anxiety/ depression or try to talk about it majority of other students will ghost you. Teachers don’t care eitherIf I could give any 18 year old advice it would be do NOT go to SUNY POORCHOICE. It will only give you DEBT and most likely depression.

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Purchase College is a great school with wonderful people. The teachers are excellent, the students are nice, and the Studio Composition program is awesome :)

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Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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I have been here for a year now as far as the students go everyone is very nice. It was pretty easy find people that you can connect with which I thought would be challenging as an older student. As far as the administrative staff goes some departments are better than others. If you are doing work study good luck with getting your check they are not helpful. Advising can also be a nightmare if you get a professor consider yourself to be very lucky. If you get an advising counselor you are in for a frustrating time. My first semester class wise was horrible, my advisor put me in classes that doesn't match what I need. So as an incoming student be very adamant with what you want and don't take no for an answer. Also try to connect with your professors in your major so if you can't switch advisors you can always ask them for guidance when it comes to your degree. As far as this school goes it's really not that bad but with anything you have to work for it, you can't expect people to give you everything the school doesn't really hold your hand much so you have to be consistent with sending emails and communicating people on campus. Also if you are a commuter student keep in mind the clubs on campus ARE NOT COMMUTER FRIENDLY. Purchase sells the idea of clubs to students and doesn't point this out which I think is awful since it's misleading. Commuters tend to hang out in the commuter lounge this will be the social scene for commuters.

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I went there for performance audition. Their greeting was simple and lovely. The audition experience was quick, with no extra time to make you tired, just as it was scheduled. Very organized and enough time to warm up. I also liked the piano. It is a friendly environment. I didn't feel any stress in there

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Location & Website

Address: 735 Anderson Hill Rd

Place: Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +9142516000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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