See what students say:


SUNY New Paltz, located just a few hours North of New York City, is "all about creating successful members of society, educating students in the fields they feel passionate about and making sure every student enjoys their time spent here." Undergrads truly appreciate that their university "allows all students to be themselves, even if they don't necessarily fit [the] mold." "Small classes" are par for the course at New Paltz, and the curriculum helps students become "more analytical, critical thinker[s]." Coursework tends to be "interesting, engaging and challenging," which can be attributed to "excellent" professors who seem to "love what they do." Most importantly, New Paltz professors make it clear that they care about "the well-being and success of their students." Instructors carve out "ample time outside the classroom to…[offer] help" when it's needed. Students also love that the school offers a number of "good study abroad options."

Student Body

SUNY New Paltz attracts an "artsy" student body that is attracted to the "very laid-back atmosphere." Students say their peers are "friendly" and "very dedicated to learning." Aside from the artistic students, you're sure to discover "athletes, traditional fraternity and sorority personalities, and pretty much any kind of person you can think of." New Paltz undergrads also come from a variety of "different backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, etc." Students inform us that "everyone blends together so well." As one current undergrad explains, "There's really a group for everything here and the best part is that no one puts your group down for what they do or how they do it." An amazed classmate agrees, "There is no pressure to act or dress a certain way you can be whoever you want and you will be accepted and loved." At SUNY New Paltz "people can have purple hair, twenty piercings, and not wear shoes, and still be accepted at this school."

Campus Life

Given the robust arts programs at SUNY New Paltz, students are guaranteed to find "many music and theater performances" on campus each week. Students participate in everything from "religious and political clubs" to "LARPing and Extreme Croquet." There's also a "small but strong" Greek community. When the weather is nice, you'll frequently encounter students "playing ultimate Frisbee and tightrope walking." Additionally, "the gym also [sponsors] a lot of fun activities like hip hop cardio or [events off-campus] like paddle boarding on the Hudson." The surrounding Hudson Valley region offers many opportunities for students to "go camping, hiking, mountain climbing, spelunking, skiing, ice skating, etc. on weekends." Lastly, the town of New Paltz has some "nice places [at which] to shop [and] eat," so "there is never a dull moment."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

kimberly Gallagher
Associte Director of Fresh Adm.

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 - http://www.newpaltz.edu/construction/ 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.

Local Accommodations
Hampton Inn New Paltz Minnewaska Lodge Mohonk Mountain House


Applicants: 16,232
Acceptance Rate: 59%
Average HS GPA: 3.60



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