Purchase College

Purchase College

The State University of New York at Purchase is commonly known as SUNY Purchase or Purchase College. It was established in the year 1967 and is located in Purchase, New York, United States. SUNY Purchase enrolls more than 4,000 students on an annual basis. Classes are offered through the following degree granting schools:

  • School of Arts
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education
  • School of Natural and Social Sciences

SUNY Purchase's students participate in sports such as soccer, basketball, cross country, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. The students also publish a weekly on-campus newspaper called "The Independent." In addition, WPSR 1610 is the student-run radio station on campus, and PTV is the university's own TV station. Notable alumni of the university include Josh Hartnett, actor; Imani Coppola, musician; and J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner, forensic psychologist and television personality.

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Contacting Purchase

SUNY at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase , NY 10577-1400
General Phone: (914) 251-6000

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Purchase Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts344women's studies, foreign languages and literature, creative writing, English literature, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, anthropology, economics, political science, ...
Music109music, music performance, music theory and composition, voice
Drama and Performing Arts99dance, drama, theatre design, playwriting and screenwriting
Art Studies89visual and performing arts, arts management
Media41communication studies, journalism, photo and film tech
Fine Arts32art history and criticism
Science25biology, chemistry
Photography and Commercial Art25commercial art, cinematography
Therapy and Counseling25psychology
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management4conservation

Number of programs and degrees for Purchase in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree74333
Master's degree465
Post-master's certificate141

Purchase Student Body

In 2007-2008, Purchase had a total enrollment of 4,251 students (4,367 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 97%
Graduate 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 46%
Black 7%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 34%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 32%
20-21 32%
22-24 19%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York74%
New Jersey5%
(International Students)1%
Washington, DC1%

Purchase Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %

Purchase Room and Board (2007)

Purchase offers campus housing for 2,627 of its 4,367 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Harrison, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Purchase Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520620
SAT Math490590
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT22%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Purchase Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,801
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,061
Room and board $ 9,908
Room charge $ 6,240
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,668
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 1,200

Financial Aid:
Purchase participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 679100)

Purchase Faculty

Purchase has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1720
Non-tenured and not on tenure track18

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$87,43517$86,051
Associate professoracademic year25$74,63829$68,524
Assistant professoracademic year17$57,04420$55,393
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year1*4$52,088
All faculty totalacademic year69$74,64171$67,821

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Purchase Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Other
Baseball Other
Track Other

Purchase Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Voice and Opera

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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