FRESHMEN

Freshmen Application Information

REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL FRESHMEN CRITERIA

Admission to the freshman class at State University of New York at New Paltz is very competitive

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

The important factors in the freshmen application review are: 

  • 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 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 applicants can be found here.

Information for online correspondence high school students can be found here.

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

CONTACT UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

Address: 

  • Office of Undergraduate Admission
  • 100 Hawk Drive
  • New Paltz, New York 12561

Telephone:

  • (845) 257-3200 (please follow the menu prompts)

Fax:

  • (845) 257-3209

Email:

  • admissions@newpaltz.edu

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  • Completed application form - Common Application or SUNY Application. (Submit only one application!)
  • Official 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 listed on the student profile of the Common Application)
  • Personal essay
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an academic teacher or guidance counselor

*THE REDESIGNED SAT

In March 2016 the College Board began using the redesigned SAT test.  SUNY New Paltz will begin accepting submission of the redesigned SAT for applicants beginning for fall 2017 admission.

  • Submission of the SAT scores from the old format (pre-march 2016) will continue to be accepted.
  • The redesigned SAT has significant differences from pre-March 2016 exams; a numerical score on the redesigned SAT will not be equivalent to the same score on pre-March 2016 exams.  Information on comparing old and new SAT scores can be found on the College Board website.
  • SUNY New Paltz will "super-score" SATs from multiple tests from only the same SAT exam format.
  • Applicants who submit pre-March 2016 SAT scores and redesigned SAT scores will have these scores reviewed separately.

 

 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 admissions@newpaltz.edu being sent to spam folders.

Freshman Profile Fall 2016*

Freshman Class 1,135
Traditional Freshman 968
Freshman HS Average (mid 50%) 90.0 - 95.0
SAT (CR + M) (mid 50%) 1090 - 1240 (old SAT)
ACT (mid 50%) 24 - 29
EOP Freshman
153
EOP Freshman HS Average (mid 50%) 83.0 - 89.0
EOP SAT (CR + M) (mid 50%) 820 - 960 (old SAT)
EOP ACT (mid-50%) 17 - 21
International Freshmen 14

 * all information as of August 9, 2016

 

Freshman Demographic and Geographic Profile (Fall 2016)

New York State 95.4%
Out-of-State 3.3%
International 1.3%
NYS Regions:  

Mid-Hudson Valley

Ulster, Dutchess, Orange Counties

13.4%

Long Island

Nassau & Suffolk Counties

29.3%

New York City

Bronx, Kings, Queens, New York, Richmond Counties

28.9%

Lower Hudson Valley

Westchester, Rockland, Putnam Counties

11.7%

Capital District

Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady Counties

4.4%
Other New York State 7.7%

 

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 2017

GENERAL FRESHMAN APPLICANTS

Early Action (not available to EOP applicants):

- November 15

All other general freshman applicants:

- May 1

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

- January 15

Seven-Year Optometry Program applicants:

(not available to EOP candidates)

- January 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 gillilaj@newpaltz.edu for further information.

ACCEPTED STUDENTS

Congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY New Paltz! SUNY 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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