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Admissions Criteria > Freshmen Admission


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

New Paltz typically receives in excess of 14,000 applications for a freshmen class of 1100.


The following are the important factors in the freshmen application review:

  • The quality and strength of the high school academic program for 9th, 10th , and 11th grades.
  • The results of  the SAT (CR + Math) and/or ACT.
  • The quality of the personal essay.
  • One academic teacher or guidance counselor letter of recommendation.
  • Senior mid-year grades if necessary.

What kind of high school program should I have?

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 3 units laboratory science)
  • 2-4 units of a language other than English

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.

As so many high schools now present weighted averages, we may recalculate the overall average in accordance with the high school profile. We will use only the five core subjects when recalculating your average.

                    The mid-50% high school averages of fall 2015 accepted freshmen:

                                                   89.4 - 94.3

What kind of SAT or ACT score is expected?

SAT:  Middle 50% SAT score (CR + Math) of fall 2014 accepted freshmen:

                                                  1090 - 1240

ACT:  Middle 50% ACT score of fall 2014 accepted freshmen:

                                                    24 - 28

SUNY New Paltz will "super score" the SAT and ACT so please include all test scores taken.

I’ve been home schooled; I'm attending an online correspondence high school...

Information for home schooled or online correspondence high school applicants can be found on:

What is the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and am I qualified for EOP?

EOP is an academic support program open only to academically and financially eligible New York State high school graduates. Information on EOP admission can be found on:

Can I submit additional information?

We welcome any and all additional information.

Any additional materials should be included with your application, transcript, test scores, essay and counselor/teacher recommendation. 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.

What is a completed application?

1)  Official copy of your high school transcript.

We do not accept the SUNY SOAR or any other self-reported high school transcript.

2)  Official scores of the SAT and/or ACT.

We do not accept scores hand written on high school transcripts, student copy score reports, scores listed on the SUNY Supplemental Application or the SUNY SOAR, or listed on the Student Profile of the Common Application.

3)  An essay of no more than 650 words.

4)  A letter of recommendation from an academic teacher or your guidance counselor.

How to apply for freshmen admission


The application fee  is $50.00 and is non-refundable.

Please use only ONE application.

Application Due Dates

         Early Action Consideration*      November 15  
  Regular Consideration   May  1  
  Educational Opportunity Program(EOP)   May 1  
  Seven Year Medical Program       January 15  
  Seven Year Optometry Program   January 15  

 *Application, official transcript, SAT/ACT scores, essay, and recommendation must be received by November 15.

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


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

Can I schedule a personal interview?

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

How can I visit SUNY New Paltz?

  • 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?

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