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Academics

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."

Overview

Applicants
14,042
Acceptance Rate
43%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

Regular — April 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
674
with Terminal Degree
404

365
Women
309
Men
109
Minority
17
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • 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 Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • 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
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts 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
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • 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

  • General Studies
  • 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


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


James Follo
‘81 Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, New York Times

Sharla Carey
‘91 Vice President - Senior Engineer | Technology Division, Goldman Sachs

Jessica Faieta
'85 Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

Robert Kyncl
’95 Chief Business Officer of YouTube

Dr Gary King, PhD
'80 Prof. of Gov. at Harvard Univ, Co-Fdr of Lrng Catalycs &Crimson Hexagon

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

James Dolan
'79 President and CEO of Cablevision Systems

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 30

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,256

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,016

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,293

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,283

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,256

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,250

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,717
Foreign Countries Represented
43

Demographics

5.68%
Asian
5.67%
African-American
18.32%
Hispanic
62.75%
Caucasian
2.86%
Unknown
2.28%
International

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

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
47%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Strategist

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jean Vizvary

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations
10

4% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Hawks)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Hawks)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

89/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
53

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
92%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jenna Harris
Asst Dir Fresh Adm & Crd of Campus Visit

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

Phone
845-257-3201

Email
campustours@newpaltz.edu

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
845-257-3201

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Individual Departments

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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


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