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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    D-
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C+
Purchase College is a public college located in Harrison, New York in the New York City Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,673 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Purchase College acceptance rate is 44%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Fine and Studio Arts Management, and Psychology. Graduating 62% of students, Purchase College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,900.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Skyline Conference
Address
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY 10577
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SUNY Purchase College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
44%
Application Deadline
July 15
SAT Range
970-1180
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$18,123/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,819/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,069/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,371/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,276/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,792/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
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Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.67 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,673Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
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  • There 's no such thing as a "typical" student.
    42%
  • Hipster
    25%
  • Artistic
    17%
  • Different
    8%
  • Geeky weirdo
    6%
  • Overly sensitive
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.63 responses
Poll
54%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.111 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    51%
  • Think Wide Open- Our Slogan :)
    22%
  • We suck
    14%
  • Not 100% handicap accessible
    5%
  • Pretentious
    5%
  • Diverse
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses
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The diverse and creative programs are inspiring. As an Arts Management Major, the courses proved to be valuable to real-life work situations. This campus has conservatories in music, dance theater, film and Art + Design. The social awareness on campus is innovative and inspiring.

The one weak spot for me (presently a senior), is some of the required classes have no connection to my major, they simply fulfill a requirement. Arts Management has room for expansion.

All my professors have been committed to their students' success. Programs are innovative and all majors have access the conservatories and the campus Neuburger museum. The professors and the students are socially aware and in-tune with present-day issues.

Social life is unique and inclusive, but no pressure for students who prefer not to participate. There is a free bus to the train to NYC.
I have gained experience, tools, and wisdom in advancing arts management and beyond.
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It's a small, public liberal arts institution in a prime location. Situated on 120 acres, it offers ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and hiking/biking through the wooded trails. It's also conveniently located a mere (free!) bus ride into downtown White Plains. The main campus itself is quite compact, however, offering that typical, college campus feel without it being in the middle of nowhere. As for academics, although Purchase is known for its conservatory programs, it still offers other majors. I transferred as a sociology major, and managed to participate in a range of extracurricular activities (and lead them!) even as a commuter. But I think that Purchase could improve its PR efforts for smaller events. I took the initiative to explore and find them out for myself, but I understand that not everyone can do that or wants to do that, yet they don’t want to miss out on things, so for those kinds of students, it would help if the campus advertised those more.
This school provides a solid education but the campus culture is awful. Purchase students are notorious for circulating the same low-level, uninspired new age counter-culture tropes to desperately avoid acknowledging the gaping chasm where campus community should normally be. Everyone is sensitive to a flaw, your speech will be stifled if you disagree with the general consensus. To put it short, SUNY Purchase is obsessed with mock profundity and recycled self-irony. Most students think that they are somehow enlightened or remarkably intelligent, when in reality they just spew basic progressive/socialist ideas. There is also a constant air of victimhood that stinks up the place, nearly every student feels disenfranchised, either by the government, high school, society, the media, gender stereotyping, --etc-- so that nobody has the drive to fight for a meaningful college experience. One cannot escape the feeling of mediocrity .