Universities in New York

SUNY Purchase College


University Information

Location: Purchase, New York
Founded: 1967
Undergraduate Students: 4 000
Campus Type: Suburban
Institution Type: Public state university
Website: www.purchase.edu

About the University

ate University of New York at Purchase also known as Purchase College is a public four-year college located in Purchase, New York, United States. It is one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as “the cultural gem of the SUNY system”, Purchase College claims to offer “a unique education that combines programs in the liberal arts with conservatory programs in the arts in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity.” Purchase College was ranked 9 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 listing of top public liberal arts colleges. The college was listed as one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Public College Values in 2016. It was also listed in that publication’s 2014 list of Best Values in Small Colleges. The Princeton Review included Purchase College in its 2015 list of The Best 379 Colleges.
Our campus is located in the center of 500 acres of open fields and sprawling forests, about 30 miles (or a short train ride) north of New York City. We combine rigorous coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with world-class conservatory programs in the visual and performing arts. 
Think Wide Open
We encourage our students to think wide open. What does that mean? For starters, it means rejecting easy answers and finding inspiration outside the typical boundaries of academic programs.Whether in the arts, sciences, or humanities, all of our students are taught to think creatively and to apply unconventional approaches to problem-solving. Purchase graduates gain an appreciation for the big picture and the ability to communicate effectively across boundaries and disciplines—useful skills in any career.


A progressive school like ours tends to attract unique personalities. We’re often called the “quirky” SUNY, but it’s the students, not the school itself, that give Purchase its distinctive identity. The Purchase College of today and tomorrow is a diverse and inclusive community of gifted and creative thinkers, writers, and performers.

If you stand out, this is a place where you’ll fit in.


Excerpt from SUNY Purchase College’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

Purchase students participating in any Purchase College sponsored study abroad program will be enrolled in the SUNY international comprehensive health insurance policy, GeoBlue International Health Insurance.

CHARTIS is not accepted at Purchase.

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students.  If you are interested in living on-campus, please visit the website for more information.

Cost: $8,674.00  – per year* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information. 

Off-campus Housing: You may choose to live off campus near the University, for ressources, contact your international student advisor.

The average budget per month is: $500-600

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $7,000.00 per semester.