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, and 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
If Purchase College is your first choice college you are invited to apply as an Early Action candidate. Early Action is a non-binding early application/notification program for fall Liberal Arts and Science freshmen
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.
Admissions interviews are not mandatory, but we do offer you the opportunity to have an interview with one of our admissions counselors. An interview will allow you to tell us more about yourself than can typically be expressed 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.
Freshmen Quick Guide to Applying
- SUNY App or Common App
- Purchase Supplemental Application, for SUNY apps ONLY
- 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 2019
Application Deadline Spring 2019
January 30th (extended)
Not Offered *Creative Writing, BA March 15th (extended) November 1st *Dance, BFA
Not Offered *Film, BFA January 1st
Liberal Arts & Sciences Early Action: November 15th
**Rolling Admissions: March 1st
December 1st *Music, MusB
November 1st (select programs)
*Theatre Design/Technology, BFA March 1st Not Offered *Visual Arts, BS or BFA Priority Deadline December 1st
**Admissions is on a rolling basis and will accept applications until institutional enrollment goals are met.
For students filling out the SUNY Application please note that you will not be able to fill out the Supplemental form until Purchase College has received your application from SUNY. You will receive your login information in an email confirming we have your application.