SUNY Purchase College

996 reviews
  1. Purchase, NY
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
SUNY Purchase College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Skyline Conference
Address
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY 10577

SUNY Purchase College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
41%
SAT Range
990-1210
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$17,325/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,423/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,118/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,529/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,754/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,278/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.61 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,746Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • There 's no such thing as a "typical" student.
    43%
  • Hipster
    23%
  • Artistic
    20%
  • Different
    7%
  • Geeky weirdo
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.57 responses
Poll
52%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.105 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    55%
  • Think Wide Open- Our Slogan :)
    26%
  • We suck
    10%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Not 100% handicap accessible
    3%
  • Pretentious
    3%

After SUNY Purchase College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses

Reviews

996 reviews
  • Excellent
    116
  • Very Good
    305
  • Average
    439
  • Poor
    100
  • Terrible
    36
Initially I was hesitant to applying to this school, as it seemed way too far out of my comfort zone (that comfort zone being the pseudo-conservative small town I grew up in). But within a few weeks of my first semester, I discovered how much I love it! Everyone here is (largely) open-minded, whether it be about gender identity, sexual orientation, sense of fashion, or different religions and cultures.

I will say that the school does have a FEW issues, though they are being fixed. We had an issue in my dorm with the laundry machines constantly breaking down, but luckily the machines are being replaced with new ones. The dorm I will be moving into this fall is also going to be refurbished, in response perhaps to some of the criticisms that our buildings are a bit of an eyesore. (The designer of the buildings apparently took the movement of "Brutalism" very literally!)

When an issue in my program came up regarding racial microaggressions among some of the student's dialogue and gossip, a mature and concise discussion was initiated. I am proud to be a part of a community that is open to discussion about gender, race, and other social issues without resorting to putting down one group in favor of another.

The campus has its share of vibrant student events. We not only have a massive two-day music fest and carnival known as Culture Shock, but also Zombie Prom and Pancake Madness to give us a break from our intensive workload. This past March I attended a short St. Patrick's Day party that was completely organized by two RA's. Overall, whether it's the powerful discussions, explosion of artistic expression, or active campus social life, there is never a reason to be bored here. I love every minute of it!
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
I love the professors at my school, and specifically in my program. Not only do they know my field inside and out, but they are always willing to help the students while maintaining high expectations for everyone involved. The class sizes are small and personal; you feel like you are really being given a lot of attention and care, and it is likely that professors have very close relationships with their students.

There is such a wide variety of classes in every single subject that one of the most stressful parts of the year for students is figuring out which courses you want to take the most! Editing? Drawing? Costume Design? Biology? History of Cinema? It's mind-boggling how many choices are given to the students.
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
When I first came to Purchase I loved it! I had a close knit group of five friends from orientation, in the summer evenings people would plug amps into the outlets and play music outside, the dancers would come and do a spin every once in a while, it was sort of magical. Then my group of friends split into 3 and 3. The two others in the group I was in started dating and were kind of homebodies. They'd rather get drunk in their rooms by themselves and be tortured, pretentious and condescending then go out. They made it seem like a burden to hangout with me.

Reaching out to other people was hard because there is a stigma here about being excited for course material or good in school. People don't speak in classes and the work has been ridiculously easy. Other students thought I was straight edge and uptight cause I did my work, spoke in class and got A's, which was the complete opposite from my high school experience, where people perceived me as a partier even though I spoke in classes and did my work.

It's hard to make friends at clubs because a lot of clubs are small and monopolized by a group of friends who managed to all get leadership positions. School sponsored events are only fun if you have friends. It's practically impossible to know when clubs are hosting things on this campus cause there's no one place where you can see all of the events taking place. Since none of my friends wanted to party with me it wasn't until a close friend from HS transferred to campus that I started consistently going to parties.

A lot of people are really aggressive in their methods of talking about social injustices, and would rather rip your throat out then teach someone about the issue. People here are ridiculously immature as well. If you want a good idea of what the people at this school are like go join the SUNY Purchase Open Forum facebook page.

It's beautiful here though, in terms of nature, and you can use your meal card to get Starbucks.
  • College Sophomore
  • Nov 8 2015