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Purchase College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Purchase College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Purchase College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Purchase College was awarded 27 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

Purchase College landed the #723 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Purchase College held the #806 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Purchase College also holds the #82 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

See all of the rankings for Purchase College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Purchase College?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Purchase College is 74%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Purchase College is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 67% of students accepted to Purchase College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 490 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Purchase College  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Purchase College  ( 490 to 570 )
Purchase College received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Purchase College  ( 20 to 26 )

Learn more about Purchase College admissions.

Purchase College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Purchase College, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Purchase College is 38%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  38 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Purchase College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Purchase College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Purchase College the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 48%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Purchase College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Purchase College

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,063 undergraduates at Purchase College with 3,712 being full-time and 351 being part-time.

Purchase College Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 85.17 out of 100, Purchase College is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  85.17 out of 100
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How Much Does Purchase College Cost?

The overall average net price of Purchase College is $18,376. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Purchase College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,270 $17,379 $19,833 $21,488 $25,479

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Purchase College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Purchase College, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $6,623 a year. That adds up to $26,492 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Purchase College is 6.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Purchase College Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Purchase College make about $35,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 12% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Purchase College make the most money.

Location of Purchase College

Located in Purchase, New York, Purchase College is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Purchase makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of Purchase College

Contact details for Purchase College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Phone: 914-251-6000

Purchase College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 35 majors graduated from Purchase College. Of these students, 981 received undergraduate degrees and 38 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 175 $23,000
Drama & Theater Arts 136 $24,100
Arts & Media Management 60 $25,400
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 55 $21,000
General Psychology 52 $25,500
Music 51 $13,800
Fine & Studio Arts 49 $18,300
Dance 46 $13,800
Sociology 37 $21,400
Literature 36 $20,500

Learn more about the majors offered at Purchase College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Purchase College

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 48 students took at least one online class at Purchase College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 48 1
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 98 7
2014-2015 24 4
2013-2014 106 3

Learn more about online learning at Purchase College.

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