From any direction, the drive to New Paltz is memorably beautiful. Every season invites company to the mid-Hudson region. The Hudson River valley abounds with lush foliage in the spring and summer, followed by autumn's rich palette of color. Skiing enthusiasts wait impatiently for winter's first snowfall.
The local terrain -- from underground caverns to mountain peaks -- is perfect for on-site study in geology. New York City, an educational gold mine, is less than a two hour drive, and benefits business, political science, communication, international relations, and fine and performing arts students with voluminous offerings: the UN, network studies, national publications, Wall Street, Broadway, museums and galleries, -- to scratch only the surface.
Regional beauty is simply one reason to consider attending New Paltz. The area is abundant with opportunities for educational enrichment. History students, for example, would be hard-pressed to find a more suitable location for exploring America's past. The nation's oldest street lined with the original houses of the Dutch and French Huguenots is just blocks from campus. Former US presidents' homes, as well as Kingston's historic Rondout district, become natural labs for history and anthropology students. Political science majors are just a short drive from the state capital and potential internships in state government. Numerous health care agencies offer beneficial observation experiences to students with ambitions for medical or allied health careers.
The community is surrounded by the fertile farmlands of the Wallkill River Valley and hill upon hill of apple orchards and vineyards which give Ulster County its well deserved reputation as one of the finest apple-growing and wine-making areas in America.
New Paltz's aesthetic blend of commerce and natural beauty is great for hiking and biking or just strolling along its many quiet tree-lined streets. Restaurants and quaint eateries, specialty shops and professional offices intermingle with stone houses built in the 17th and 18th centuries and with sleek modern structures.