Apply to Purchase
The college application process can be complex and confusing. Here at Purchase we’re doing our best to make it as easy as possible.
Freshmen and Transfer students may use either the Common Application or SUNY Application to apply.
Different programs at Purchase have different deadlines and requirements.Personalized Application Instructions for Each Major
Undergraduate Quick Guide
1. Apply Online
SUNY Application or
There is a $50 application fee. Purchase College does not offer fee waivers, however those who may qualify for a SUNY or Common App fee waiver should review the eligibility requirements.
2. Check Your Email for Application Instructions
Once we receive your application we’ll e-mail you letting you know we have received it and what you will need to do in order to complete the application process.
Note: The Admissions Office uses email as our main source of communication for important updates including application status notifications. If you are providing your school email, please be aware of any policies your high school has that may restrict our messages from reaching you.
3. Submit Additional Documents
High School Transcript / College Transcript(s)
Freshmen are required to submit a high school transcript. You should request your transcript from your school counselor. Transfer students are required to submit a high school transcript if they have completed less than 24 college credits. Official transcripts can be submitted electronically or by mail to Purchase College.
Albany, NY 12204
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Supplemental Application (SUNY applicants ONLY)
If you are interested in pursuing Acting, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Design/Technology or a Visual Arts program you will need to send additional materials. All materials must be submitted through SlideRoom.
Letters of Recommendation
We require one letter of recommendation for each applicant, however some programs require multiple letters. Check your specific program for details.
Optional: Test Scores (SAT or ACT scores)
Freshmen are not required to submit test scores. If students chose to have their scores sent they can come from your high school, on your high school transcript or from the testing agency directly.
4. Check Your Application Regularly
5. Special Information for:
What happens next?
Once all materials are submitted to Purchase College, the Admissions Committee will review your application.
Find Your Perfect Major
If you’re not sure what you want to major in, we’ve created a simple way to find the major that’s the right fit for you: the Majors Explorer. Check it out: