Purchase College

Purchase College


Nearly 25% of all Purchase students are first generation college students and just about all Purchase College students seek to charter unchartered paths. Purchase is uniquely qualified to offer such students an intense community with a deep respect for individuality and diversity and an unparalleled environment of creativity and innovation. The intimate classroom setting and engaged faculty inspire lively classroom discussion and debate, critical thinking, originality, discovery and invention. Students partner with faculty on scholarly research, public art, performances and academic presentations. Highly talented, motivated and entrepreneurial, Purchase students strive to impact our society through civic and cultural engagement. The dynamic residential community is ideal for fostering collaboration, fueling passions and getting students involved in campus life. Our proximity to New York City provides students access to outstanding cultural and career-related opportunities. Students see world-class performances at the PAC and notable exhibitions at the Neuberger Museum. "Think Wide Open" is more than just our motto. It's our way of teaching learning and being.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Special Admissions Policy Educational Opportunity Program (EOP

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Purchase College provides the opportunity for a college education for students who have not reached their full academic potential because of limited financial resources and inadequate academic preparation. EOP at Purchase has a committed, dedicated staff who are eager to assist students succeed. All first-time students must attend the EOP pre-freshman summer orientation program in addition to the college’s regular summer orientation. The EOP summer program is one week in duration. Its primary focus is to orient the student to EOP and begin to formally introduce the student to Purchase College and its various supportive services. For more detail on the summer program, visit our Orientation site and click on the EOP/MAP tab. Learn more about Educational Opportunity Program (EOP

First-Year Experience & Transition Student Success Network/Student Success Fellows

The Success Fellows program aims orient students to different aspects of the college experience and provide an opportunity to become familiar with peers, upper class students, faculty, staff and with services on campus that are important to your academic success. Students are assigned a success mentor and set goals for first semester and beyond. The Summer Success Fellows Program is been designed to equip students with the skills and confidence that will support success with the intention to have students pass on their knowledge and support to other incoming freshmen, helping others to navigate the college experience and support their success too. Learn more about Student Success Network/Student Success Fellows

Academic Advising & Support MAP

Merit Access Program (MAP) similar to EOP without the financial requirement or state funded support. Program students receive support services, such as academic, career, and personal counseling; tutoring and supplemental instruction.

Student Diversity

  • 4,121
  • 43/57
  • 22%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 11%
    Black or African American
  • 19%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 53%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 5%

Student Success

  • 81%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 63%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 90%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 67%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 80
    Full-time faculty
  • 16
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 16:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology Theatre & Performance Psychology Journalism Film

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    The Organization of African People in the Americas (O.A.P.I.A.) Students of Caribbean Ancestry (S.O.C.A.) Latinos Unidos Muslim Students Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $16,320
  • $6,470
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,828
    Required Fees
  • $12,952
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $2,305,817
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $9,902
    Average aid package
  • $28,368
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 35%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 57%
    Students with financial need
  • 57%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 56%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 8,700
    # of applicants
  • 34%
  • 3.33
    Average HS GPA
  • 25
    ACT Composite
  • 490—610
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 470—570
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 03/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/15
    Early action application closing date