From The School
Fifteen percent of New Paltz students participate in Study Abroad programs on six of the seven continents, compared to the national four-year college average of 1 percent.
The First-Year Initiative program at New Paltz is reflective of the living-learning communities that college freshmen are choosing to live in nationwide. The FYI places first-year students in residence halls where half the students in the building are fellow first-year students. These students also take courses in common during the fall semester.
New Paltz features a small Honors program, consisting of about 160 students. Once admitted, Honors students take special interdisciplinary seminars which emphasize dialogue, debate and discussion rather than lecture.
One of SUNY’s historically creative schools, New Paltz is located just a couple hours north of New York City and has preserved a quirky, artsy vibe that draws students year in and year out and teaches them “what it means to be a critical thinker and a careful caretaker of the natural beauty that surrounds us.” The “affordable” school “prides itself on its diversity and offers classes that reflect this diversity and promote acceptance,” and offers a notably strong majors in business and various arts. For those who go here, the school “is all about teaching, having fun, and making your time here the best it can possibly be.” Professors are “very helpful and always there for their students.” “Even if I am not completely interested in the subject, they find ways to engage their students,” says a sophomore Media Management major. “They are wonderfully enthusiastic about their jobs“ and “make their classes challenging without making them impossible.” The diversity of classes gives people a “variety of majors to explore,” and because class sizes are on the smaller side professors “can give individualized attention.” “I could be sitting in a lecture at one moment, and the next, I'll be reviewing my grades over dinner and a movie,” says a freshman. Whether you study the arts, business, education, or psychology, “New Paltz is a place to grow in a nurturing community,” and a place where “every voice is heard.” There is a “great amount of help” offered in regards to finding internships and study abroad opportunities (“The list never ends”), and the staff in general are “very nice and understanding.” “The career resource center is extremely helpful.” “When I first took a tour it felt like home from the moment I stepped on campus. It was so welcoming and peaceful that I knew I belonged here,” says a happy student.