Admissions Criteria
  • General Freshman Admission Criteria
  • Transfer Admission Criteria
  • Home-schooled Applicants
  • GED
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Candidates



Purchase College seeks to enroll highly motivated, hard-working and academically strong students with a consistent record of achievement in a challenging high school curriculum.  Generally, successful applicants have earned a high school GPA of at least 3.0 and a combined Critical Reading and Math SAT score of at least 1100 or better. Students that do not meet these exact requirements, but that demonstrate an impressive academic history or, in the case of our professional training programs in the visual and performing arts, exceptionally strong artistic talent may still be considered for admission. 

Your academic program, your cumulative academic average, the results of the SAT and or ACT exam and your supplemental essay, will all be considered in the review of your application.  For students applying to the professional training programs (B.F.A. and Mus. B. degree programs) in the School of the Arts, decisions are also significantly influenced by your demonstrated talent, ability and potential as artists in the talent review process (auditions, portfolios, etc). For the additional admissions requirements for students applying to programs in the visual and performing arts, see the Application Instructions section of this website.

All candidates are encouraged to take a challenging college prep curriculum throughout their entire high school career, enhancing their college preparation through honors courses and Advanced Placement courses. Minimum coursework requirements are:

*Four years of high school English
*Three years of high school Math (including Algebra, Geometry/Trigonometry, and another  
    higher level math course)
*Three years of high school lab science
*Three years of high school social studies
*Two years of the same high school foreign language

Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

For all Liberal Arts and Sciences freshmen candidates, other than those applying Early Decision, the admission decision is made on a rolling basis after January 15.  All admission decisions are conditional, contingent upon the successful completion of all required high school graduation requirements by the time of graduation.  Please review our Fact_Sheet_2008 for more information about the students who have been admitted to the college.

Score Choice

Purchase College does not participate in the Score Choice option available through the College Board or the similar program through Educational Testing Service (ETS).  We encourage you to submit scores from all test sittings of the SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Tests. Purchase College evaluates thousands of competitive applicants each year for admission; access to your full testing profile enables the admissions counselors to fully and fairly assess each applicant.

Purchase College maintains a holistic review process with a focus on the quality of your academic program, your cumulative academic average, your test scores and your supplemental application. Standardized testing is a measurement of aptitude and will continue to be part of our admissions process. We recommend testing for the SAT or ACT in the spring of junior year and fall of the senior year.


The decision on your application will be based on the quality of your academic program and your cumulative GPA from all colleges attended. Transfer students who have completed less than 24 college credits will be evaluated on their high school coursework and test scores in addition to their college coursework. See Freshman Admission Criteria above.  

We recommend that all candidates successfully complete 24 college credits prior to applying and complete a challenging curriculum at their prior institution(s). All admission decisions are conditional, contingent upon the successful completion of all college coursework.

For admissions requirements for students applying to programs in the visual and performing arts, see the  Application Instructions section of this website. 

Important Information for Psychology Applicants:

The Psychology program is part of the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Purchase College.  The program offers courses in most areas of psychology, with an emphasis on research.  Students who graduate as psychology majors are prepared for a wide range of job and graduate school opportunities, including graduate programs in all areas of psychology, education, counseling, social work, law school, other professional schools, and employment in a wide range of human services and research settings.


  • Complete and receive a C+ or higher in the following coursework:  Introductory Psychology, Behavioral Statistics (or its equivalent at another college), and an elective psychology course. [Note: transfer students may have met this requirement at their prior college.]
  • Achieve an overall average of 2.5 


We welcome applications from home-schooled students. Home-schooled students, regardless of program of interest, must submit additional documentation, including:

  1. A transcript outlining the subjects studies and results of your high school program through the end of grade eleven;
  2. SAT or ACT test scores (sent directly from the testing agency);
  3. An academic letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your academic background.

Upon admission, these students must submit letter from the Superintendent of their local school district confirming that they have “completed the substantial equivalent of a four-year high school course of study.”



A minimum score of  2800 is required for admission. We encourage all GED applicants to take the SAT or ACT and submit their official scores to the Office of Admissions.

An official GED diploma is required for admission. We will not evaluate an applicant’s file with a photocopy of the GED.  To obtain an official GED diploma contact the NYS Department of Education at

Requests for Additional Information From You

Requests made by the Office of Undergraduate Admission for additional information, such as, but not limited to, senior SAT or ACT exam scores; first quarter or midyear senior grades; etc. are made directly to the candidate. It is your responsibility to ensure that all requested information is submitted and received in a timely fashion by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) CANDIDATES

Students who submit an application for admission to the State University of New York indicating “yes” to the Educational Opportunity Program question are considered for EOP.

Freshman: All application materials (High school transcript, SAT or ACT scores and the supplemental application) must be submitted before an application will be reviewed for the Educational Opportunity Program. If you are eligible for consideration, an invitation for an interview will be extended.

Transfers: Transfer students must be an EOP/HEOP student at their current institution in order to be eligible for EOP at Purchase College. All application materials, including the Transfer Verification Form must be submitted before your application will be reviewed for the Education Opportunity program. If you are eligible for consideration, an invitation for an interview will be extended.

Purchase College does not offer evaluative interviews for admissions except for select programs in the Visual and Performing Arts. These interviews occur during the application process by invitation only.
However, if you are interested in speaking with an admissions counselor you can arrange an informative interview. These interviews must be made in advance on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by calling the Office of Admissions at 914-251-6300.
The lack of an interview will not have an adverse impact on your admissions decision.