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SUNY Purchase Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto SUNY Purchase, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is July 1 and the application fee costs $50. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.

Applying Early to SUNY Purchase?

Purchase College, State University of New York does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! SUNY Purchase will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to SUNY Purchase?

Getting into SUNY Purchase is moderately difficult. SUNY Purchase evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, SUNY Purchase accepted 74% of all applicants., around 3,386 of the 4,594 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like SUNY Purchase, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does SUNY Purchase Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Purchase

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

SUNY Purchase 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to SUNY Purchase must submit the following items. Double check with SUNY Purchase's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Interview
Other Requirements audition, portfolio
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Purchase?

Students admitted to SUNY Purchase have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Purchase College, State University of New York, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 11.7%
3.50 and 3.74 16.5%
3.25 and 3.49 16.5%
3.00 and 3.24 18.1%
2.50 and 2.9 21.9%
2.00 and 2.49 4.6%
SUNY Purchase does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

SUNY Purchase is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 25% of SUNY Purchase's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for SUNY Purchase?

To be competitive with other SUNY Purchase applicants, you should strive to earn between 110 and 1270 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SUNY Purchase 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1270 and 25% of scored lower than 110, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Purchase students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Purchase students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for SUNY Purchase?

To be most competitive at SUNY Purchase, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Purchase's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY Purchase students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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Transferring to Purchase College, State University of New York

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to SUNY Purchase.Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in SUNY Purchase during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

SUNY Purchase Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SUNY Purchase?

Students who are admitted to SUNY Purchase must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does SUNY Purchase accept transfer credits?

SUNY Purchase accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. SUNY Purchase accepts:

ACE recommendations for credit

Does SUNY Purchase accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

SUNY Purchase does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits

Do I have to submit test scores to SUNY Purchase?

No, SUNY Purchase is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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SUNY Purchase Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

74%

How hard is it to get into SUNY Purchase? SUNY Purchase is a somewhat selective institution. The SUNY Purchase acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.

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SUNY Purchase Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY Purchase is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SUNY Purchase is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SUNY Purchase ACT Scores

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ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

Good

24 to 30

Avg

24 and Less

Low

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SUNY Purchase SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

110 - 1270

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Math SAT Range

540 - 620

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Reading SAT Range

560 - 660

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SUNY Purchase GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.33

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY Purchase, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.33. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,695

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

74%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$8,953

Out-of-State

$18,863

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jul 1
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