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After You've Applied - Freshmen

I’ve Applied…What Happens Next?

Is my application complete?

For New Paltz, a complete application is:

  • Your application (either SUNY Application or Common Application, but not both).
  • Your official high school transcript
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Your personal essay
  • One letter of recommendation from your counselor/ or teacher

If you are a home-schooled applicant, you will be asked to provide, in addition to the above, additional information is on the home-schooled website.

What if I want to send in other information?

  • You are encouraged to enhance your application by submitting additional information (school/community activities resume, list of honors/awards, etc.).
  • If you wish this additional information to be considered with your application, be sure to submit it at the same time as all the required application material.
  • If your application is complete (as described above), a decision may be made with or without the additional material you wish to send.
  • This information is submitted directly to the New Paltz Office of Undergraduate Admission.

I’m applying Early Action. What can I expect?

Students applying Early Action must have a complete application in the Office of Undergraduate Admission by Nov. 15.

Important Note: We will not request missing information from Early Action applicants. It is the applicant’s responsibility to forward all required information at the time of submission of the application.

Early Action will result in one of three admission decisions:

  • Accept
  • Deny
  • Roll-over to regular admission (applicants will be notified of this decision by Jan. 1).

Does New Paltz ask for more information?


  • When we ask you for additional information, it will be for whatever is needed to complete your application.
  • We will e-mail you requesting this information after Jan. 15.
  • We do not forward a copy of this e-mail to your guidance counselor.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that you request this information from your guidance counselor and that it is uploaded or sent in a timely fashion.
  • This information is submitted directly to the New Paltz Office of Undergraduate Admission.

An important note:  New Paltz Admission uses e-mail as its official method of communication. In order to assure that you receive all communications related to your application, please make sure the e-mail address that you provided on your application is correct. Please add SUNY New Paltz to your address book to avoid e-mails from being sent to spam folders.

My senior year - does it count?

  • Senior year does count!
  • A strong academic program and strong achievement can be very significant when we make our final decision on your application.
  • In addition you must successfully complete all your high school graduation requirements and officially graduate in order to enroll at New Paltz.
  • If you fail a course that is a graduation requirement, even if it is physical education, our offer of admission to you may be withdrawn.

I’m a Fine and Performing Arts applicant. Is there anything special I need to do?

  • No. Your acceptance will be based only on your high school academic record.
  • Please do not submit art work, slides, CDs, DVDs, or portfolios to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. This material will not be considered when making the admission decision and will not be forwarded to the art, music, or theatre departments.
  • After you are accepted, you will need to present a portfolio of your art work to the art or visual arts education programs. If you are interested in music or theatre arts, you will need to participate in an audition/interview.
  • With your acceptance letter will be information on how to submit your art portfolio or how to schedule your music or theatre audition. 
  • The results of the portfolio evaluation and/or audition/interview are used to place you in your first semester courses.

I’m applying through EOP. What do I need to do?

Submit your official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT scores directly to  the Office of Undergraduate Admission, not the EOP Office.

Visit the EOP website to download and print out, complete fully, and submit the required New Paltz EOP Supplemental Information Form.  Your EOP application cannot be reviewed without this information.

A final admission decision will not be made without all the above information.

Are there any due dates?

  • Early Action – Complete application by Nov. 15
  • Regular freshmen admission - Complete application by April 1*
  • EOP admission – Complete application by April 1*
  • Seven-Year Medical Program - Complete application by Jan. 15
  • Seven-Year Optometry Program – Complete application by Jan. 15

 * The College reserves the right to alter these due dates without prior notice.

Can I check the status of my application?

Yes, log on to 

The instructions for opening your account were included in the acknowledgement email sent to you.

When will I receive my admission decision?

  • Early Action – You will be notified by mail by Jan. 1.
  • Regular Decision – Decisions are mailed on a rolling basis beginning Jan. 15.
  • EOP Decision – Decisions are mailed on a rolling basis beginning Jan. 15.

It is our practice not to provide admission decisions over the telephone, by fax, or by e-mail.

Application Inquiries

Due to the high volume of applications and mail received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, during our busiest times it can take up to two weeks for information to be matched with an application. We appreciate your patience.

 An important reminder when submitting your information -

  • Please be sure that each item submitted has your name clearly noted.
  • Use the name you wrote on the application.
  • No nicknames or abbreviations, please!

More questions?

Please feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

  • Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Telephone: 845-257-3200 – menu option #2.
  • Fax: 845-257-3209
  • Email: