SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES


 

Undergraduate Programs
Art History BA | Creative Writing BA | Gender Studies BA (Interdisciplinary Program) | History BA | Journalism BA | Language and Culture BA | Latin American Studies BA (Interdisciplinary Program) | Literature BA | Philosophy BA 

Graduate Programs
Art History MA

Be sure to carefully review and follow all application instructions and observe all deadlines carefully. In cases where students fail to follow the requirements and instructions and/or to observe deadlines there is no guarantee the application can be reviewed and the application may be withdrawn from consideration. Please note that both freshman and transfer students applying to the Creative Writing program must submit a writing portfolio. Instructions for the portfolio are highlighted below in Step 3.


Freshman

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall Early Action Admission: November 30, 2013
Fall Regular Admission: March 1, 2014
Spring Admission: December 1, 2013

Step 1:  Apply Online:

You may apply using either the Common Application at www.commonapp.org or the SUNY Application at www.suny.edu/Student/apply. Please use only one application form.  The application fee is $50. 

SUNY Supplemental Application and Essay:  Students using the SUNY application must complete the SUNY Supplemental Application and submit the essay answer for one of the essay topics (your choice) in the SUNY Supplemental Application.

The Common Application Writing Section: Be sure to complete all applicable sections of the form, including the required writing statement.

Step 2:  Submit Academic Records:

All freshman applicants must submit the following information:

  • High School transcripts or GED scores

  • SAT or ACT scores

  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor*

BE GREEN, GO PAPERLESS: Purchase College recommends you self-report your academic transcript information electronically through the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) system.* Obtain copies of your high school transcript and your standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT) from your college counselor and/or the standardized  testing services to self-report. All information (i.e. grades, test scores, grade-point average, class rank, etc.) must be self-reported on SOAR exactly as it appears on your transcript.

Your transcript should not be mailed at the time you apply if you self-report your academic record online. Once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript must then be sent from your high school to the address below.

Letters of recommendation cannot be self-reported and should be mailed to the address below.

*Any student choosing not to self-report his/her academic record online through SOAR must have his/her official transcripts and test scores submitted to the address above.

NOTE: Any deliberate omission or falsification of information on SOAR will jeopardize a student’s chances for admission. Purchase College will verify your self-reported transcript against your official final transcript for accuracy. If misrepresentations are found, the college reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission.

If you are accepted to Purchase College, you or your high school must then submit official copies of the following items (Official means documents are delivered in sealed envelopes from the school or delivered electronically directly from the school or testing service):

  • Your official high school transcripts or GED scores

  • Your official SAT or ACT scores (SAT/ACT scores and AP scores can be submitted electronically)
  • Non-Creative Writing applicants - One letter of recommendation from a recent college professor (for non-traditional age applicants, a letter from an employer is satisfactory)
    Creative Writing applicants - submit two letters of recommendation.

These items should be submitted electronically or mailed  directly to:

Purchase College-Application Processing
279 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204-2755


Step 3: Creative Writing Applicants Only:

             Creative Writing Portfolio

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Transfer

Deadlines to Apply:
Creative Writing Fall Admission: March 1, 2014
All Other Humanities Programs Fall Admission: April 1, 2014
Spring Admission: December 1, 2013

Step 1:  Apply Online:

You may apply online using either the SUNY Application at www.suny.edu/Student/apply or the Common Application at www.commonapp.org.  Please use only one application form.  The application fee is $50.

Step 2: Submit Academic Records:

Transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 college credits are strongly encouraged to complete SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) in order to speed the review process. If you choose to complete your academic record online, please note that once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript must be sent from your high school to Purchase College. Please see the information regarding SOAR  in the Freshman instructions above.

All transfer applicants must submit the following information:

  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended or in which you are currently enrolled.*
  • Official high school transcripts and SAT/ACT test scores, if you have earned fewer than 24 college credits.*
  • Non-Creative Writing applicants - One letter of recommendation from a recent college professor (for non-traditional age applicants, a letter from an employer is satisfactory)
    Creative Writing applicants - submit two letters of recommenation.

    (Official means documents are delivered in sealed envelopes from the school or electronically directly from the school or testing service).

These items must be sent directly to:

Purchase College-Application Processing
279 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204-2755

*Students with fewer than 24 college credits are required to submit official high school transcripts, SAT and/or ACT, and/or GED scores (Your transcript need not be mailed at the time you apply only if you self-report your academic record online using SOAR. Once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript  must then be sent from to the address above).  Students who have completed over 24 college credits at the time of application completion may choose to submit only college transcripts, but it is possible the Office of Admissions will request these additional items upon application review. 

Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores: Students who have taken AP and/or CLEP exams should submit all official score transcripts for evaluation and transfer credit.

Step 3:  Submit the Transfer Supplemental Form:

Students using the SUNY application must complete and submit the Purchase College Transfer Supplemental Form available below and on the SUNY Application site.  Be sure to complete all applicable sections of the form including the required statement.  The supplemental form should be emailed directly to admessay@purchase.edu.

The form is available in the following formats:

Download the latest version of Adobe ReadereYou must have the most recent version of adobe reader. You can download it here.

Common Application Supplemental:
Students using the Common Application must complete and submit the Supplemental Application, Instructor Evaluations, and College Official’s Report in order for their application to be processed.

NOTE: Prior/current EOP/HEOP/SEEK/College Discovery students please click here for further instructions.

 

Step 4: Creative Writing Applicants Only:


             Creative Writing Portfolio 
 

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The Admissions Essay