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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
    C+
  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 6,198 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the SUNY New Paltz acceptance rate is 43%. Popular majors include Psychology, Communications, and Elementary Education. Graduating 72% of students, SUNY New Paltz alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,900.
About SUNY New Paltz...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
State University of New York Athletic Conference
Address
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
43%
Application Deadline
April 1
SAT Range
1010-1200
ACT Range
23-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$14,605/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,254/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,992/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,547/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,556/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,193/ year
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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
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.90 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.90 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,198Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 58 responses
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  • Theres a lot of different people
    33%
  • Hippie
    24%
  • Hipster
    10%
  • Individual
    9%
  • LONG ISLAND
    7%
  • Dedicated
    3%
  • Quiet
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.110 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.131 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 56 responses
Report
  • Unique
    21%
  • Artsy
    18%
  • Friendly community, super artsy, close to the city
    18%
  • Great location
    16%
  • Beautiful location, artsy, friendly
    7%
  • Challenging
    7%
  • Sub par
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
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I've loved every minute of being a student here. I feel like it really is possible to do whatever makes you happy without being judged. I'm not the typical sorority girl at all, but I am in a sorority here. I also do theatre, and these don't conflict at all! The sojourner truth library is pretty much my second home at this point considering how much time I spend there. The campus is incredibly beautiful and I find myself amazed at it every day.The classrooms are well kept and the professors are all incredible. The work load is rigorous but definitely manageable. The food is not always the best, but after your freshman year when you change your meal plan it gets significantly better. The night life isn't dead as some other posts said, you just have to know of what's going on! There's always either a frat party or a house show going on! On that note, you could also probably get into p&gs bar using a Pokémon card.
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SUNY New Paltz was a great atmosphere for creative thinkers and those looking to inspire others through advocacy. The campus was very safe, professors were knowledgeable and approachable and the town was absolutely adorable and within walking distance of the campus! There was such diversity with clubs, activities, and Greek Life; there was really something for everyone.
I've heard New Paltz described as an A+ education for B+ students, and I think that fits perfectly. In my experience, most professors are very knowledgeable and considerate as long as you're open and honest with them. The school is definitely mostly focused on liberal and performing arts, but they've been improving their STEM programs in the last few years. The only major negative of the school is that it is incredibly left-leaning politically. Most colleges are, but I've even had classes where the professor is biased to the point that it affects open discussion. I'm liberal myself, but it gets to a point of hostility, especially among fellow students, to where I believe it's unproductive for an academic setting.