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.
Not surprisingly, Purchase is seeking bright, intellectually curious, civic minded, socially engaged, motivated and enthusiastic students who not only want to learn but also make a difference in our community and world at large. For each entering class, we are interested in students who welcome opposing views and opinions, respect differences, and challenge conventional wisdom.
In evaluating applications, we are very interested in a student’s academic history and demonstrated readiness for college level work. Most incoming freshman at Purchase have earned at least a B+ average and pursued a typical college prep curriculum in high school - four years each of English, foreign language, mathematics, social science and three to four years of laboratory sciences.
But it’s not just your transcript that we look at. The Admissions team conducts a holistic review of your application.
In our review of your application we consider you as a whole individual. We evaluate applicants based on who is best poised to succeed in our programs and will contribute to our academic community in meaningful ways. We consider rigor of high school coursework, academic and extracurricular interests, unique talents, and personality, writing/video submissions, character and personality, letters of recommendation and community service/involvement. Decisions for most programs are made on a rolling basis, freshman applicants who meet our deadlines will be notified of their admission status no later than April 1.
Standardized Test Policy
Our motto, “Think Wide Open,” is our way of learning, teaching, and being and so much more. By choosing Purchase, students make a conscious decision to join an intense community with deep respect for individuality and diversity and an unparalleled environment of creativity and innovation. We believe going test- optional truly fulfills our promise.
Students who are required to submit test scores include:
- Applicants who are homeschooled
- International students, who will need to provide a TOEFL score
- Applicants who attended secondary schools that provide only narrative evaluations rather than some form of grading scale
Students are welcome to consult with an admissions advisor about their test-optional decision, by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 914-251-6300.
Students may apply Early Action for most BA/BS programs and the A+D programs. Early Action is not an option for students interested in Acting, Dance, Music, Film or Theatre Design Technology.
Freshmen Quick Guide to Applying
- SUNY APP, SUNY Supplemental Application, or Common App
- Application fee - $50 for either application
- Official Academic transcripts
- SAT/ACT scores (OPTIONAL)
- Letter of Recommendation
- Additional Requirements (portfolio, interview or audition required)*
Application Deadline Fall 2018
Application Deadline Spring 2018
Not Offered *Creative Writing March 15th November 1st *Dance
Not Offered *Film, BFA January 1st
Liberal Arts & Sciences Early Action: November 15th
Rolling Admissions: March 15th
December 1st *Music, MusB January 8th
November 1st (select programs)
*Theatre Design/Technology March 1st Not Offered *Visual Arts, BS or BFA February 15th Not Offered