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Purchase College, State University of New York

Purchase, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate75%
Acceptance Rate75%

SUNY Purchase Admissions

If you are applying to SUNY Purchase, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is July 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Students who apply to SUNY Purchase for fall should hear back from SUNY Purchase by September 1.

SUNY Purchase Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of SUNY Purchase's admissions stats.

SUNY Purchase 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 12%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 2%
Waitlist No

Purchase College, State University of New York Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Purchase College, State University of New York.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 January 1

Want to Apply Early to SUNY Purchase?

SUNY Purchase does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. SUNY Purchase will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1.

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

More on Purchase College, State University of New York Admissions

Transferring to Purchase College, State University of New York

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to SUNY Purchase

SUNY Purchase has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does SUNY Purchase Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Purchase

What does SUNY Purchase consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with SUNY Purchase for more information on admission factors.

SUNY Purchase Application Requirements

To apply to SUNY Purchase, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in 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
Other Requirements audition, portfolio
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Purchase?

Students admitted to SUNY Purchase have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

SUNY Purchase considers ACT or SAT scores as part of 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 2022, 12% of SUNY Purchase's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for SUNY Purchase?

To be competitive with other SUNY Purchase applicants, you should aim to score between 1150 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SUNY Purchase 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1150, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Purchase students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Purchase students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for SUNY Purchase?

To be most competitive at SUNY Purchase, you should strive to earn between 25.63 and 31.38 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31.38 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Purchase's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31.38, and three out of four students scored lower than 31.38 on the ACT.

A 25.63 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY Purchase students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.63.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to SUNY Purchase.

Does SUNY Purchase accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests

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 you can make the call if you want to to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is SUNY Purchase's acceptance rate?

✅ SUNY Purchase's acceptance rate is 75%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SUNY Purchase?

❌ SUNY Purchase does not offer early decision.

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SUNY Purchase Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into SUNY Purchase? SUNY Purchase is a somewhat selective institution. The SUNY Purchase acceptance rate is 75%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.


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


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


26 and Less


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SUNY Purchase SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1320


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

580 - 670

SUNY Purchase GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY Purchase, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.37. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

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Campus Setting

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Tuition and Fees

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