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Admissions Criteria > Freshmen Admission

What Do I Need To Get In?

We continue to accept Fall 2014 applications beyond April 1, 2014.

Freshman Admission Fall 2014

Admission to the freshman class at New Paltz is very selective.

New Paltz considers these factors in the admission decision process:

  • The quality and strength of your high school academic program for 9th, 10th , and 11th grades.
  • The results of either the SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics sections) or ACT (Composite score).
  • The quality of the personal essay you submit.
  • One academic teacher or guidance counselor letter of recommendation.

 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. 

What kind of high school program should I have?

You should take a college preparatory program containing the following five core subject areas:         

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of social studies/history
  • 3-4 units of college prep mathematics (minimally Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry)
  • 3-4 units of science (minimum of 2 units laboratory science)
  • 2-4 units of a language other than English

The above core courses need to be at the Regents level (NYS) - college preparatory level – or higher.

What kind of high school average is expected?

Our review of your academic work will be by academic year. We can get a clear, year-by-year picture of your achievement and motivation throughout the course of your high school career.

Important Note:  As so many high schools now present weighted averages, we may recalculate the overall average in accordance with the high school profile if a significant difference is noted between the overall high school average and the end of year averages for individual core courses.  We will use only the five core subjects when recalculating your average.

For freshmen accepted to the fall 2013 class - 

  • The mid-50% of accepted freshman high school average:  89.0 - 93.9

I’ve been home schooled; what do I need to do?

Information for home schooled applicants can be found on:

How do I qualify for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)?

EOP is available only to New York State residents. Information on EOP admission can be found on:

Do I need the SAT or ACT exam?

New Paltz requires either the SAT  (Critical Reading & Math) or the ACT.

  • SUNY New Paltz CEEB Code: 2541
  • SUNY New Paltz ACT Code: 2938

For freshmen accepted to the fall of 2013 class -

  • The mid-50% of SAT (CR & M):  1090 - 1240
  • The mid-50% of ACT:  24 - 28

Is a personal essay required?

  • The essay helps us become acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades, test scores and other objective data.
  • It demonstrates your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.
  • We are looking for an essay that helps us know you better as a person and a student.

Please put your full name and name of high school on each page.

Are academic teacher or guidance counselor recommendations required?

  • We require one letter of recommendation from an academic teacher or your guidance counselor.
  • Please be sure that your full name and name of high school are on each letter.

Can I submit additional information?

  • We welcome any and all additional information. Please be sure that these additional materials are received with your application, transcript, test scores, essay and counselor/teacher recommendation in order for them to be factored in the admission decision process.  We will not wait for additional material in order to make an admission decision if the application, transcript, test scores, essay and letter of recommendation have already been received.

How do I submit my essay, recommendations, and additional information?

Upload your essay, recommendations, and additional information with your application.  Or you can submit them:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
SUNY New Paltz
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499

What is considered a Complete Application?

  • The completed application form from either SUNY Application or the Common Application. Do not submit two applications.
  • Your official high school transcript.
  • Official results of the SAT or ACT (print-outs marked “student copy” are not acceptable, even if signed by a school official).
  • Your personal essay.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an academic teacher or your guidance counselor.

Do you offer Early Action?

Yes.  Completed Early Action applications must be received by New Paltz by Nov. 15.

How do I apply?

You can apply one of two ways (please use only one application):


The application fee for either application is $50.00 (non-refundable).

Please use only ONE application.

Are there Application Due Dates?

Yes, your complete application must be received by:

         Early Action Consideration      Nov. 15  
  Regular Consideration   April  1*  
  Educational Opportunity Program(EOP)   April 1*  
  Seven Year Medical Program       Jan. 15  
  Seven Year Optometry Program   Jan. 15  


*New Paltz reserves the right to alter these due dates at any time without prior notice.

Can I schedule a Personal Interview?

Given the large number of freshman applications we cannot honor requests for individual interviews.

Can I visit the Campus?

  • Our daily campus visit schedule is online.  Here you can easily view dates and register for your visit.
  • Your visit begins with a presentation by an admission advisor, with an opportunity for questions and answers.
  • You then tour campus with one of our Student Ambassadors, who will show you why they chose to make New Paltz their home away from home.
  • Our annual Open Houses are listed on this calendar and you can register online to attend.

If I have a question, how can I contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission?

  • Telephone (845) 257-3200, menu option #2
  • Email us at:

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