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 undergraduate students 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 giving 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 indicator doesn’t take into account 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 educational institutions.

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 included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, welcoming 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 provided in the SUNY at Purchase College: 3 are for Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. 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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Overall Rating:

When i went it was a haven for artists and subcultures of all sorts and most all excepted eachother. I'm sorry the disabled girl below had a bad experience. Back in our day she would have been fine. This a good school for music, art, dance, the theator and liberal arts. There used to be chill chicks with fake fruit in their hair rode round on ols skool bikes and lived in mushroom house (they called it). We were all freaks and loved it. A few times they gave us bad roommates who were very bad muy malo girls and we got them removed from suite. One time a girl with blue hair drove her car full of peoples up to the far side on the pedestrian walkway music blaring. Parties were massive like 500 heads. Nowadays it's a different generation and i wish everyone was accepting as we were back then .

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

great programs. great creative energy. #1 vacation spot post grad.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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have loved most of my professors and courses. have made awesome friends. unfortunately, the Office of Disability Resources, ResLife (the Office of Community Engagement), the Counseling Center, and people like Qui Qui Balascio have made my time at this school a living nightmare. I have faced plenty of ableism during my almost five years here and I feel like I have to sleep with one eye open. If you REALLY love your disabled/mentally ill/etc. child: DO NOT SEND THEM HERE. It's not a safe environment for anyone who is "different." I EXTREMELY REGRET not transferring to a different college when I had the chance.

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Overall Rating:

To be honest, the school wasn't SO bad. I'm was a commuter so I can't anything of how their dorm was like. Often, the atmosphere at the college felt really quiet. Too quiet almost. The hallways always felt empty, and the campus was huge but I hardly saw any people. It felt like no activity was going on. It was honestly kind of depressing.I felt like everything on campus was oddly spaced apart. If you were often in the Social Sciences building, you could easily go to the cafeteria/the Hub, sure. If you were in the Visual Arts building, you'd have a 10 minute walk across campus to get food. If you're lucky, you're not carrying a lot of stuff and it's not a particularly cold/windy day.Some of the studio classes felt like they could go on forever. While I did more work in my freshman year IN CLASS, in Sophomore year, it became more and more talk and critique and less work actually in class. I felt like they weren't even teaching at this point or helping, and everything relied on critique. Critique is important, but we had 3 hours of mostly talk and not all the critique seemed helpful or even relevant. I think it would've been better to work in class and actually get some help from the teacher rather than get critique on the due date. Most of the critiques also felt like you had to be friends with your classmates for them to even say anything. Classes were boring. I honestly only learned ever from like one teacher.The studios aren't so clean. The floor, I noticed, was often dusty, and old paint was encrusted on a lot of the tables and easels. Most notably, the studio was cold 90% of the time, and it was worse in the winter.Some of the teachers were okay, but some were discouraging. I had a teacher tell me that if I wanted to pursue a career in art, that I'm "better off going to law school and being a lawyer." I don't expect praise and worship from an art school, but I don't think that's any of a teacher's business. A career in art (and not just painting, drawing, etc. Any art) can be made, and it shouldn't be looked down upon. Someone did interior design on your home, someone wrote that book you love, and someone drew that logo of your favorite brand. Some of the teachers also really tried to push their beliefs on you as if only fact.One teacher kept you from saying "like" or "cool" in sentences, when you need to process your thoughts. People do not talk the way we write.And honestly I agree with a bunch of other reviews. They do take quirkiness to an extreme to the point where I wanted to go "Calm down." It felt like there was a need to prove just how weird and different you were. Just - no.As for registration - their website kind of sucked. Figuring out registration sucked as well. I don't know WHY you have to meet with your advisor in person to approve your schedule and then give you an access code to go forth with the registration. Not everyone is on campus to stay for a meeting at 5 pm, because some people are commuters. Why not just do this through email? Most of the time, it's just your advisor going "Yup! There's these classes too but yup!"It felt like such a waste of time.This school all together made me feel depressed, art repressed, and uninspired."Think Wide Open," felt more like "Think Like Us."If your art wasn't abstract, they did not like it. This isn't even if you draw cartoons and manga for example.One student painted BEAUTIFUL artwork. He clearly had a good sense of form, light, value, and color. But because his art was representative, he was shot down in a critique. They did not even consider that he had a good grasp of fundamentals.That is not thinking wide open. That sounds like conforming to me.On a more positive note, the college seemed relax. No one bothered you, and most of the other students seemed friendly enough. As a freshman, you had an upperclassman get to help you sort things out.I eventually transferred from this school.

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Overall Rating:

As a Math/Computer Science major at this college, my experience here has been decent at best. What I don't like about this college is their lack of advanced courses for math and computer science. As a future web developer, I wanted to take some advanced courses. While, I do like their current courses, (computer science 1, computer science 2, Data Structures, creating databases for web apps,creating web documents.), I feel as is they need more courses.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 735 Anderson Hill Rd


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +9142516000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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