2016 Freshmen Application Information

Freshmen Requirements



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 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.


  • 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


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 being sent to spam folders.

Freshman Profile Fall 2015*

Freshman Class 1,135
Traditional Freshman 977
Freshman HS Average (mid 50%) 89.4 - 94.3
SAT (CR + M) (mid 50%) 1090 - 1240
ACT (mid 50%) 24 - 28
EOP Freshman
EOP Freshman HS Average (mid 50%) 82.2 - 88.3
EOP SAT (CR + M) (mid 50%) 850 - 980
EOP ACT (mid-50%) 17 - 21
International Freshmen 33

 * all information as of July 3, 2015


Freshman Demographic and Geographic Profile (Fall 2015)

New York State 92.7%
Out-of-State 4.4%
International 2.9%
NYS Regions:  
Mid-Hudson Valley 15.1%
Long Island 29.2%
NYC 29.7%
Northern Suburbs 10.7%
Capital-Saratoga 3.6%
Other New York State 4.2%

Read more detailed freshmen information.



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.


FALL 2016


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


- May 1

*All due dates are subject to change without notice.


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 for further information.


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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