SUNY at Purchase College
Purchase, NY 10577-1400


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 4,156
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 14%
Student to faculty ratio 14:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,620 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

SUNY at Purchase College is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 6,762 applications and only 2,942 students were granted admission. SUNY at Purchase College is at the #42 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 22% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 75% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT970 to 1180
ACT20 to 27

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

SUNY at Purchase College charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $16,320 and in-state students paid $6,470.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 88% of SUNY at Purchase College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 33% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,689 (which is 5.8% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at SUNY at Purchase College in 2016-2017, was 419, which is 54% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,550 (which is 4.7% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, SUNY at Purchase College has enrolled a total of 4,156 students (3,770 students full-time and 386 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 4,156 students, 415 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 44% men and 56% women and 4,053 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 103 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 7 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 53%

Hispanic: 18%

Black/African American: 11%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%

Two or more races: 5%

Asian: 4%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at SUNY at Purchase College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Visual And Performing Arts 45% 96
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 10% 22
Social Sciences 8% 18
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 3% 6
English Language And Literature/letters 3% 6
Mathematics And Statistics 3% 6
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 2% 4
History 2% 4
Natural Resources And Conservation 1% 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1% 2

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of SUNY at Purchase College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of SUNY at Purchase College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $25,900. Last year, out of the total 1,284 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,168 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,375 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,210 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $25,900 $35,800
Employment Rate 91% 88%
Total Graduates 1,284 1,375

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of SUNY at Purchase College.

CUNY Lehman College
15.6 mile away
SUNY Maritime College
17.2 mile away
CUNY City College
20.4 mile away
CUNY Queens College
22.4 mile away
CUNY Hunter College
23.6 mile away
CUNY School of Law
24.2 mile away