Our 216-acre campus in New York State's beautiful Hudson Valley is situated midway between the capital city of Albany and the most dynamic urban center in the world, New York City. The college's unsurpassed location offers not only superb opportunities for local cultural and recreational enjoyment, but also easy access to the world-class connections of the city. Creativity permeates every aspect of campus life at New Paltz, with an air of imagination and inquiry which bridges all academic endeavor.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
The New Paltz Wellness and Recreation program provides a variety of active leisure opportunities for the campus community, as well as programs which foster healthy lifestyles (health assessments, personal training, wellness workshops, etc.). Students have access to a slew of facilities including a pool, tennis courts, gyms, a rock climbing wall, indoor and outdoor track, and much more.
The Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz fosters learning and supports scholarship by providing an extensive array of information resources and services. With a collection of more than 500,000 books, 700+ print journals, electronic access to more than 60,000 journals and e-books, a MediaSpace for viewing and group work, plus much more, Sojourner Truth Library promotes and encourages active and effective use of all library services and resources. Our strong partnership with classroom faculty helps to successfully instill information literacy skills in all New Paltz graduates.
New Paltz, named one of National Geographic's Best Places to Live and Play, is a haven for lovers of the outdoors. The nearby Shawangunk and Catskill mountain ranges offers some of the world's best rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking conditions. Meanwhile, in the vibrant Village of New Paltz (pop. 14,003), students are treated to a thriving social scene including an array of eclectic restaurants, shops, live entertainment venues, and historic sites.
Student Organizations & Activities
The activities offered at New Paltz range from NCAA Division II athletics, more than 130 recognized clubs and organizations, Greek life and nationally renowned fine and performing arts programming. There are also more than 800 leadership opportunities for New Paltz students, including the Emerging Leaders program, where students are encouraged to explore what it means to be an effective leader through hands-on activities, discussion groups and self-reflection.
Both the school and the beloved, “welcoming” town comprise “the perfect sized community to fit into and not just be another face in the crowd.” “The people and campus are both positively lovely. I've never encountered a more beautiful combination of the two,” says a student. The campus police “are not out and about looking for trouble, students are not causing trouble” creating “plenty of freedoms and a clean comfortable campus.”The campus is also located so close to the beautiful, “pristine” natural surroundings and town that “it is easy for a student to mix their campus life with town life”; the school is also “very invested [in] residence life” and “really cares about [its] students' experience and well being.” If there’s two things that everyone agrees upon, it’s the need for a revamping of the registration system (class signup is “a frenzy of people”) and the “need to up the ante on the food,” which is “horrible” and falls under an inflexible seeming meal plan. Transfer students also wish they had more (or any) housing options. “Excellent hiking and climbing in state parks and preserves” can be found right next door, and on the other end of the spectrum “there is great and easy transportation to the city.” New Paltz is “a fun town” and many students walk in to go shopping, grab a bite, or to go to music shows at the small bars (though mainly on the weekends). Creating a club is “really easy,” and “there are a lot of organizations, events, and opportunities you can take advantage of.” “Everyone at New Paltz is laid back and seems to just be enjoying life,” and “the best times of the year are the fall and spring when anyone can just be hanging out on the quad.”