SUNY--New Paltz

2014 Quick Stats
1 Hawk Drive

New Paltz, NY 12561-2443

Phone: (845) 257-7869
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Apr. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#33 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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SUNY--New Paltz is a public institution that was founded in 1828. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,685, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 257 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY--New Paltz's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 33. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,083 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,533 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The State University of New York at New Paltz is committed to providing high quality, affordable education to students from all social and economic backgrounds. We are a faculty and campus community dedicated to the construction of a vibrant intellectual/creative public forum which reflects and celebrates the diversity of our society and encourages and supports active participation in scholarly and artistic activity. New Paltz is an active contributor to the schools, community institutions and economic/cultural life of our region. We are selective in admitting students who show promise of thriving in a learning environment which is challenging, student-centered, and personalized. Our goal is for students to gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to contribute as productive members of their communities and professions and active citizens in a democratic nation and a global society. We are the only residential public university in the mid-Hudson region. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences which serve as a core for professional programs in the fine and performing arts, education, business, and engineering. Our location in the scenic Hudson Valley midway between the State Capital of Albany and metropolitan New York City provides unique opportunities for enriching our academic programs. We are a diverse faculty of distinguished scholars and artists who collaborate across the disciplines and professional areas to inspire our students to a love of learning, a meaningful engagement with the life of the mind, and an involvement in public service. Campus-wide Goals: We strive to carry out the above philosophy across the campus through: Faculty engagement in innovative pedagogy across all disciplines; Faculty-student collaboration in research, performance, scholarship, exhibitions and presentations, internships and fieldwork, community service, and international studies and practica; Capstone activities through which students can demonstrate expertise in a specialized area; Support for risk-taking and innovation in research and scholarly/creative activity; Writing intensive courses and seminars; Educational and clinical centers that provide professional development and services to the region; Library and information technology resources which support the curriculum, independent study, research, and information literacy; Lectures, conferences, concerts, gallery shows, theatrical performances (as the largest cultural institution in the Hudson Valley), and other opportunities for life-long learning; Leadership opportunities for students in campus and community organizations and college governance; A well-rounded program in residence life to support student social, emotional, recreational, and academic needs. Educational Outcomes: Students are prepared to go on to graduate study or to enter their professional field of specialization through developing: Critical thinking, writing, analytical, mathematical, technological, and oral communication skills; In-depth exploration of at least one discipline; Experience using scientific methods and learning technologies appropriately and critically; Knowledge of and participation in the aesthetic experience and the creative process; Greater understanding and appreciation for the histories, races and cultures, religions, languages, and customs of our country and those of other nations; Knowledge of the rapidly changing political, economic, environmental, and social forces in our world. Students develop the confidence and personal qualities necessary to take their place as citizens in our democracy through cultivating: High personal standards of honesty, integrity, and personal ethics; The capacity for self-reflection and empathy for others; Appreciation for the value of active citizenship and community service; Knowledge, interests, and activities that promote health, well-being, and personal responsibility.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1828
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $13,539,559


When applying to SUNY--New Paltz, it's important to note the application deadline is April 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. The application fee at SUNY--New Paltz is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 43.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 43.6%
Application deadline April 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY--New Paltz is 16:1, and the school has 37.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY--New Paltz include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 52%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 23%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Social Sciences 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

SUNY--New Paltz has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,685, with a gender distribution of 37.5 percent male students and 62.5 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. SUNY--New Paltz is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,767
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

SUNY--New Paltz offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY--New Paltz also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY--New Paltz, 43 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at SUNY--New Paltz.

Students who have cars on campus 43%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY--New Paltz, 55 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,599.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,083 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,533 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,520 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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