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Study at SUNY College At Purchase

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.

Profile of SUNY College At Purchase

Purchase, NY is home to SUNY Purchase. Purchase is a large suburb. The school is a public institution. Degrees at SUNY Purchase go up to the Post-Master s certificate.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in music, art studies, drama and performing arts, photography and commercial art, fine arts, and liberal arts.

SUNY Purchase Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. The school attracts a lot of applicants every year, and can only accept about 29% of them . Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 500. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 480 and 590.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student enrolment

SUNY Purchase has 4,251 enrolled students .

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. SUNY Purchase has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. SUNY Purchase values student athletics, and belongs to the Other.

SUNY Purchase Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts343liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, English literature, history, economics, anthropology, political science, social studies, . . .
Music114music, music performance
Drama and Performing Arts86 dance, drama, theatre design, playwriting and screenwriting
Art Studies80visual and performing arts
Media42journalism, communication studies
Photography and Commercial Art29cinematography
Science24biology, chemistry
Therapy and Counseling21psychology
Fine Arts 21art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management8conservation
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy
Family and Social Work2child care management
Business and Management1business and related services

Contact: SUNY Purchase

SUNY College At Purchase

735 anderson Hill Rd

Purchase, NY 10577-1400

General Phone: (914) 251-6000


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