FRESHMEN

2016 Freshmen Application Information

Freshmen Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL FRESHMEN CRITERIA

Admission to the freshman class at New Paltz is very competitive

New Paltz typically receives in excess of 14,000 applications for a freshman class of 1,100.

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

  • Quality and strength of high school academic program for ninth, 10th, and 11th grades. 
  • Continued achievement as shown by senior mid-year grades.
  • Results of either the SAT or ACT.
  • Quality of the personal essay.
  • Letter of recommendation from one academic teacher or guidance counselor.

A college preparatory program containing the following five core subject areas is strongly recommended:  

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

Information for home school/correspondence school applicants can be found here.

Information on Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) admission can be found here.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  • Completed application form - Common Application or SUNY Application. (Submit only one application!)
  • Official high school transcript (SUNY New Paltz does not accept the SUNY SOAR or any other self-reported high school transcript).
  • Official results of the SAT or ACT (SUNY New Paltz does not accept scores handwritten 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)
  • Personal essay
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an academic teacher or your guidance counselor

 AN IMPORTANT APPLICATION NOTE!

SUNY New Paltz Admission uses email as its official method of communication. In order to assure that applicants receive all communications related to their application, applicants must make sure that the email address provided on their application is correct. Applicants should add SUNY New Paltz to their address books to avoid emails from newpaltz.edu being sent to spam folders.

Freshman Profile Fall 2015*

Freshman Class 1,108
Traditional Freshman 985
Freshman HS Average (mid 50%) 89.4- 94.3
SAT (CR + M) (mid 50%) 1090-1240
ACT (mid 50%) 24-28
EOP Freshman Class 125
EOP Freshman HS Average (mid 50%) 82.2-88.3
EOP SAT (CR + M) (mid 50%) 850-980
EOP ACT (mid 50%) 17-21

 * all information as of June 12, 2015

 

Demographic and Geographic Profile (Fall 2015)

New York State 92.8%
Out-of-State 5.4%
International 1.8%
NYS Regions:  
Mid-Hudson Valley 13.7%
Long Island 28.8%
NYC 26.2%
Northern Suburbs 11.8%
Capital-Saratoga 5.3%
Other New York State 8.0%

Read more detailed freshmen information.

 

EARLY ACTION

Early Action applications must be received and be complete by Nov. 15.

A decision will be available by Jan. 1.

EOP applicants are not eligible for this option because of additional EOP application requirements.

APPLICATION DUE DATES*

FALL 2016

GENERAL FRESHMAN APPLICANTS

Early Action (not available to EOP applicants):

- Nov. 15

All other general freshman applicants:

- May 1

Seven-Year Medical Program applicants (not available to EOP candidates):

- Jan. 15

Seven-Year Optometry Program applicants:

(not available to EOP candidates)

- Jan. 15

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM APPLICANTS

- May 1

*All due dates are subject to change without notice.

VETERANS and MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS

Veterans or military service members and/or their spouses and children should contact Jason F. Gilliland, Coordinator of Veteran and Military Services, at 845-257-3120 or gilliaj@newpaltz.edu for further information.

ACCEPTED STUDENTS

Congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY New Paltz! New Paltz offers a creative, diverse, challenging and supportive environment, where you can get a degree from a highly-selective university and an education rich in experiences that will last a lifetime.

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