Selection Process

Not surprisingly, Purchase is seeking bright, intellectually curious, civically minded, socially engaged, motivated, and enthusiastic students who not only want to learn, but want to make a difference in our communities and in our world at large.

For each entering class, we welcome students who appreciate opposing views and opinions, respect differences, and challenge conventional wisdom.

When reading applications, we evaluate your academic history and demonstrated readiness for college level work. Most incoming freshman 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, 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.

Holistic Review

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.

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.