We’re interested in knowing about you—your academic interests, your favorite books or movies, what makes you laugh, and how you’d like to change the world.
When reading applications, we evaluate your academic history and demonstrated readiness for college level work.
Most incoming first year students at Purchase have earned at least a B+ average and have pursued a typical college prep curriculum in high school:
- Four years each of English
- Foreign language
- Social science
- Three to four years of laboratory sciences
But it’s not just your transcript that we consider…
We consider you as a whole individual. Of course, we evaluate who is best poised to succeed in our programs and who will contribute to our academic community in meaningful ways.
But we also consider rigor of high school coursework, academic and extracurricular interests, unique talents, writing/video submissions, character and personality, letters of recommendation, and community service/involvement.
First Year Class Profile
610 / 585
Average SAT Reading / Math
Average High School GPA
First year students who are first in their family to attend college
We know you are so much more than a test score. We believe that allowing you to choose whether or not to submit test scores demonstrates our commitment to a holistic review of applicants and our embrace of unique qualities and talents that predict success beyond traditional markers.
We’ll still need test scores from some, however. You’re required to submit test scores if you fall into the categories below:
- Applicants who are homeschooled
- International students need to provide a TOEFL score
- Applicants who attended secondary schools that provide only narrative evaluations rather than some form of grading scale
Decisions for most programs are made on a rolling basis; first year applicants who meet our deadlines will be notified of their admission status no later than April 1.
If Purchase College is your first choice, you’re invited to apply as an Early Action candidate. Early Action is a non-binding early application/notification program for fall Liberal Arts and Sciences first year students.
You may apply Early Action for most BA/BS programs and the School of Art+Design programs.
Early Action is not an option if you’re interested in Acting, Dance, Music, Film, or Theatre Design/Technology.
Admissions interviews are not mandatory, but we do offer you the opportunity to have an interview with one of our admissions counselors.
An interview allows you to tell us more about yourself than you can typically express in a written application, and may help the admissions committee make a more informed decision about your enrollment.
To schedule an interview, call the Admissions Office at 914-251-6300. Interview appointments are generally available on weekdays throughout the year. You should schedule an interview after you have submitted an application for admission.
|Application Deadline for Fall 2022||Portfolio or Pre-Screening Deadline|
Application Deadline for Spring 2022
|January 7, 2022||Not Offered|
General Deadline: February 1, 2022
Open to all majors except Graphic Design
November 15, 2021
|Creative Writing, BA*|
|November 1, 2021|
January 20, 2022
|January 31, 2022||Not Offered|
|Film, BFA*||January 1, 2022|
January 15, 2022
|Liberal Arts & Sciences**|
|N/A||January 5, 2022|
January 1, 2022
January 8, 2022
Classical Composition and Performance Jazz programs only
October 15, 2021 (application)
October 21, 2021 (pre-screening)
|Theatre Design/Technology, BFA*||March 1, 2022||March 5, 2022||Not Offered|
*Please visit the linked program information page to view additional deadlines and requirements. Deadlines can be updated at anytime.
**We review applications on a rolling basis, and will review applications until our incoming class is full. Students are encouraged to apply and complete their application early in the application cycle.