Purchase College, State University of New York: Narrative Description

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735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Tel: (914)251-6000; Admissions: (914)251-6300; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site: http://www.purchase.edu/

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State University of New York System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1967. Setting: 500-acre small town campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $28.3 million. Total enrollment: 4,063. Faculty: 332 (136 full-time, 196 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 7,102 applied, 37% were admitted. Full-time: 3,172 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 748 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 30 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 8% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 13% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 77% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; liberal arts/general studies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Manhattanville College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: essay, 1 recommendation, interview, audition, portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 5/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $4350 full-time, $137 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,300 full-time, $346 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1186 full-time, $.85 per credit part-time, $29.35 per term part-time. College room and board: $7122. College room only: $5009. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Union, WPUR radio station, Latinos Unidos, Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender Union, Organization of African People in America. Major annual events: Culture Shock, Fall Ball, Pancake Madness. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour patrols by police officers. Option: coed housing available. Purchase College Library with 281,686 books, 247,057 microform titles, 1,990 serials, 15,578 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.5 million. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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