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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  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 6,235 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the SUNY New Paltz acceptance rate is 44%. Popular majors include Psychology, Communications, and Elementary Education. Graduating 72% of students, SUNY New Paltz alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,000.
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
Branch of
SUNY System
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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
44%
Application Deadline
April 1
SAT Range
1100-1260
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$14,496/ 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
$8,061/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
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.92 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.92 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,235Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
498
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 60 responses
Report
  • Theres a lot of different people
    32%
  • Hippie
    27%
  • Hipster
    10%
  • Individual
    8%
  • LONG ISLAND
    7%
  • Dedicated
    3%
  • Quiet
    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.112 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.133 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 58 responses
Report
  • Unique
    22%
  • Artsy
    19%
  • Friendly community, super artsy, close to the city
    17%
  • Great location
    16%
  • Beautiful location, artsy, friendly
    7%
  • Challenging
    7%
  • Sub par
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
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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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 features academics that are about on par with its public university status, but with a very friendly town and student body. The campus does not have as diverse of a student body as one would hope, but it is improving over time. Most professors are kind and more than willing to help any struggling student, but the advising department makes everything much more difficult. There is a disconnect between the academic departments and informing students of what courses are required for their major. Adding more pre-medical advisors other than the one I have had a negative experience with would also be great.
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.