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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
SUNY New Paltz is an above-average public college located in New Paltz, New York. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,190 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the SUNY New Paltz acceptance rate is 41%. Popular majors include Psychology, Sociology, and Business. Graduating 76% of students, SUNY New Paltz alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,000.
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561
Branch of
SUNY System
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
State University of New York Athletic Conference

SUNY New Paltz Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

SUNY New Paltz Admissions

Acceptance Rate
41%
Application Deadline
April 1
SAT Range
1090-1270
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$14,882/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,634/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
83%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.81 responses
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.97 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    6%
  • On Campus
    93%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,190Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
502
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 65 responses
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  • Theres a lot of different people
    32%
  • Hippie
    25%
  • Hipster
    9%
  • Individual
    9%
  • LONG ISLAND
    6%
  • Quiet
    5%
  • Dedicated
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.117 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.138 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 63 responses
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  • Unique
    22%
  • Friendly community, super artsy, close to the city
    19%
  • Artsy
    17%
  • Great location
    14%
  • Challenging
    6%
  • Beautiful location, artsy, friendly
    6%
  • Sub par
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
76%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
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This school wasn't my first choice, but I am growing to love it more and more. I love the smaller class sizes because it allows for a more intimate connection between professor and student, which I think is extremely important in the educational process. Professors there care about their students and want to see them succeed, along with having a wide breadth of knowledge in the subjects they teach. Student life is great as well, with campus-wide activities constantly being advertised--there's never a dull moment there! The school is also becoming very committed to Sustainability, which is extremely important in this day and age.
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The student life at New Paltz was GREAT! SUNY New Paltz has so many opportunities for a student to get out of their shell and develop their character while learning more about themselves and how to interact with others. While there, I was an RA and mentor for years and got myself involved in a lot of campus events. If you live on campus and don't indulge in these festivities, you'd probably be lonely or missing out.

It's hard not having a car because it forces you to stay in the general area, which outside of campus is kind of racist and the townspeople make students, feel like outsiders. New Paltz is great, but still needs a lot of work done when it comes to diversity. They need to give the Black Studies department more respect and consideration and hire faculty and professors who are well trained in diversity and inclusion, because some professors are quite ignorant when it comes to race and identity and I am not sure the school does a good job on educating them about this.
SUNY New Paltz isn't the most diverse institution and there is never enough funding to support students of color. However, the campus community and administration is very responsive in unifying and providing opportunities for social justice and inclusion to underrepresented populations, as well as creating and preserving spaces for students of color. The surrounding town is very progressive and supportive in the student population. For many New York City and Long Island natives, SUNY New Paltz is a haven of self-discovery, identity exploration, respect, and togetherness. The nearby towns and Hudson Valley region is a beautiful area to be all season around, nonetheless (especially in the fall).