Purchase College, SUNY

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College Profile

In bringing two styles of education—traditional liberal arts and sciences programs and conservatory-based arts programs—into close contact on one campus, the founders of Purchase College hoped to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students.  Founded by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as the cultural gem of the State University of New York system, Purchase College enjoys a world-class reputation for its arts programs and high rankings for its liberal arts and sciences programs. The college attracts students and faculty from around the world seeking a place where they can develop their talents, expand their minds, and prepare for a life of creative independence. By choosing to come here, individuals make a conscious decision to pursue their studies and their careers in a more intense environment. Our students and faculty members are not passive culture appreciators, they are active culture generators.


Purchase College has been recognized by The Princeton Review in its Best 380 Colleges, 2016 Edition, which praised Purchase’s unique, vibrant students and engaged faculty, along with listing Purchase as one of the “greenest” colleges and among the best Northeastern colleges. The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranked Purchase as one of the “Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges,” and a Tier 1 National Liberal Arts College, while Kiplinger’s Personal Finance names Purchase College as a Best Value College for 2016. Graduates of Purchase College rank among the most famous, the most successful, and the most satisfied. Our graduates are also among the most sought after—by businesses, social organizations, and cultural institutions throughout the country.


Our Office of International Programs and Services provides support for international students from arrival in the U.S. through completion of studies. The office provides comprehensive advising services for international students, as well staff and faculty on professional visas.  Advising may relate to immigration issues, cultural adjustment, or student employment options. Student programming consists of any number of cultural, social or co-curricular activities. The office mission is to be an extensive information resource center for the international community at Purchase College, providing a variety of services.

Programs We Offer

Graduate Undergraduate
Art History Arts Management
Entrepreneurship in the Arts Dance
Music Jazz Performance Drawing & Painting
Music Instrumental Performance Graphic Design
Music Composition Photography
Music Voice & Opera Theatre Design Technology
Visual Arts Music Jazz Performance
Music Instrumental Performance
Music Composition
Music Voice & Opera

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 4,290
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 4,189
  • Graduate enrollment: 101
  • International Student Enrollment: undergraduate _200___ graduate _30____
  • Male 40%, Female 60%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 1:16
  • Faculty: Full-Time ­­­­_177___, Part-Time _297___
  • Number of countries represented on campus: _31___
  • Top five countries represented on campus: 
South Korea, China, Japan, Turkey, Canada

English as a Second Language Program and Services

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and Services      

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?


Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?


Additional ESL features?

See our English as a Second Language (ESL) Proficiency Requirements: http://www.purchase.edu/coursecatalog/current/AcademicPolicies/General/ESL.aspx


International Student Housing Options

Our Cultural Immersion Housing is for international and domestic students who want to live together and focus on a cultural exchange and programming around the same theme.
Special Interest Housing Options:

– First-Year Experience (FYE)

– Conservatory Floor

– Residential Learning Communities

– Cultural Immersion Housing

– PREP (Year-round) Housing

– Graduate/Nontraditional

– Wellness

For more information: http://www.purchase.edu/departments/reslife/default.aspx/

Collaborative programs

Student Exchange Programs with institutions in South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Austria and Hungary

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students



Visa Information

Purchase College issues I-20 documents for F-1 visas only.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

TUITION $16,320.00
ROOM & BOARD $12,576.00
FEES $1,797.00
TUITION $22,210.00
ROOM & BOARD $12,576.00
FEES $1,797.00


First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Financial Aid

International students are not eligible for federal or state financial assistance. However, qualified students may be eligible for other types of aid, such as merit-based institutional scholarships.

Student Activities and Campus Life

Clubs and Organizations funded by the Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA): http://www.purchasesga.org/

Psychology Club, Pre-Medical Society, Anthropology Club, Cheese Club, Film Society, Anime Club, Latinos Unidos, Musical Theatre Club

Neuberger Museum of Art: http://www.purchase.edu/AboutPurchase/NeubergerMuseumOfArt.aspx

The Performing Arts Center: http://www.purchase.edu/AboutPurchase/PerformingArtsCenter.aspx