From the School

The State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective public university committed to offering high-quality, affordable education to students of all social and economic backgrounds.

New Paltz, a public institution founded in 1828, has an undergraduate enrollment of 6,685 and a graduate enrollment of 1,082. Students of color comprise more than 25 percent of our diverse campus population, and our student body represents 59 foreign countries. With a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, more than 90 percent of classes have less than 40 students, and 73 percent contain less than 30 students.


From The School

Admission to the freshman class at New Paltz is highly selective and based on many factors, including but not limited to quality of high school academic performance; SAT and ACT scores; quality of personal essay; and letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. A college preparatory program containing the five core subject areas of English, social studies, math, science and foreign language is strongly recommended.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 600
SAT Math
520 - 600
SAT Writing
500 - 603
ACT Composite
23 - 27


April 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

Academic Programs

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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

While most well-known for education and fine and performing arts programs, New Paltz offers 105 undergraduate and 50 graduate degree programs taught by distinguished faculty who are dedicated to empowering their students by developing mentor relationships. As of 2012, our top undergraduate programs were psychology, elementary education, visual arts, English, sociology, biology, accounting, journalism, history, and communication disorders. Our top 10 graduate programs are literacy education (birth through sixth grade), school leadership, communication disorders, electrical engineering, humanistic-multicultural education, English, business administration, music therapy, second language education and computer science.

In 2013, the School of Business at New Paltz became internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction held by fewer than five percent of the world's business programs. Our nationally-ranked Master in Fine Arts program consistently garners recognition as one of the top programs of its kind in the entire nation, and the School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Students Say

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.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing, Other

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Robert Kyncl
'95 Global Head of Content YouTube

Maurice Hinchey
'68 Former member, US House of Representatives

Brian McShane
'74 President, Advertising Checking Bureau

Hernan Rincon
'76, President of Microsoft Latin America

Michael Badalucco
'76 1999 Best Supporting Actor for his role on "The Practice"

Dr. Jane Delgado
'73 President and CEO National Alliance for Hispanic Health

James Dolan
'79 President and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation and Executive Chai


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

According to 2012-2013 figures, undergraduate tuition for New York State residents is $16,842 per year, which includes fees, room, and board. Out-of-state undergraduate tuition, also including fees, room, and board, is $26,092 per year.

New York State resident graduate tuition is $4,685 per semester ($9,370 per year). Non-New York State graduate tuition is $8,340 per semester ($16,680 per year). These figures do not include room, board, or fees.

Tuition for the MBA program for New York State residents is $5,565 per semester ($11,130 per year), excluding room, board, and fees. Non-New York State residents’ tuition for the MBA program is $9,160, also excluding room, board, and fees ($18,320 per year).

Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid office can help you see what financing opportunities are available to you, including federal and state aid, payment plans and part-time jobs. Students may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and will be sent a New York State Tuition Assistance Program application after the FASFA has been processed.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 30

Required Forms

State Aid

Bang For Your Buck

With such a strong internship program (more than 550 students took internships last year), the school has a great reputation among employers, and 98% of internship employers said they would rehire or take another New Paltz intern. New Paltz also offers a CAS Internship Stipend Program (a highly selective and competitive program) to provide a certain number of students with the opportunity to gain valuable experiential education without sacrificing needed income.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

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.

Students Say

“It is very easy to settle in and find your niche at New Paltz because there are so many people with so many different interests.” The “pile of “positive campus attitudes” and blanket acceptance of anyone “no matter their who they are or where they came from” makes for a “very open and free-spirited” campus. “Students fit in by leaving their dorm room” and “you can literally walk into the quad on a spring day and see a group of jocks playing volleyball, a girl tanning, a hippie blowing bubbles, the extreme croquet society having a game.” Many students are considered “hippies,” and the majority of people here are” very conscious about environmental issues, politics, and human rights,” and “it's easy to have a meaningful conversation.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



62% female
38% male
3% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time


From The School


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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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.

Students Say

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.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

1% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Hawks)
6 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Hawks)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Shana Circe
Recruitment Director

Office of Admissions
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Student Union Building
Athletic and Wellness Center
Sojourner Truth Library
Hasbrouck Dining Hall
Our construction website - has the latest information on renovations and new construction happening on campus.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Minnewaska State Park
Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve
Huguenot Street (Oldest Street in America with original houses)
Galleria Mall
Mid-Hudson Civic Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon - Fri (some weekends)
8:30 am - 5 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., Selected Sat.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Individual Departments

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
New Paltz Loop Shuttle Bus Service Adirondack/Pine Hill/New York Trailways - buses are available. Also the Metro-North and AmTrak trains. The Stewart International Airport is 17 miles from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take the Interstate 87 (NYS Thruway) to exit 18 (New Paltz), to Rt. 299 West (Main Street), to South Manheim Blvd. (Rt. 32 South), to Main Campus. Entrance is on the right. From the Northeast take the NYS Thruway (I-90) to Albany and then south (I-87) to Exit 18. From Connecticut take I-84 west to exit 7S. Follow sign for NYS Thruway (I-87). Take Thruway north to Exit 18. From New Jersey take the Garden State Parkway to Route 17 (Exit 163). Proceed 14 miles to NYS Thruway north to Exit 18. Alternate route: Via Route 287, go Northwest on State Rte 17 to New York. Take I-287 North to I-87. Go North on I-87 to Exit 18.
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