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Information for Guidance Counselors and College Advisors


National media such as Colleges of Distinction, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The Princeton Review, Forbes, The Business Journals, Military Friendly Schools, Great Value Colleges, Business Insider and many others have consistently recognized the academic rigor and value of a SUNY New Paltz education.  Affordable College Online and The College Database have both listed SUNY New Paltz among their top 5 colleges and universities nationally with best lifetime return on investment/best lifetime degree value (ROI).

Who will succeed at New Paltz?

  • A student, who has taken a traditional college preparatory program, including a solid and substantially challenging senior year, will be able to meet the expectations of our faculty. Our General Education requires a strong grasp of mathematics, laboratory science, and foreign language, in addition to equally strong competencies in English (composition) and social studies.
  • A student who is seeking a challenge and then actively pursuing it.  More than 75% of our new entrants bring with them substantial AP, IB or college coursework.  This is a great boost - our faculty do expect our students to be "ready to run" when they arrive on campus.
  • A student who is looking for serious opportunities to grow intellectually, academically, and personally.  A student seeking experiences beyond the classroom - internships, co-ops, research, independent study, minors and double majors, study abroad, leadership, community service - are all encouraged and supported. Many new entrants bring with them from high school extensive involvement in such activities and we support them to continue on to the next level.  Our unique "Co-Curricular Transcript," officially endorsed by the College and attached to the academic transcript, provides our graduates with an opportunity to document for prospective employers and graduate/professional schools all the "outside the syllabus and class" participation they have been involved with.

What kind of high school program is expected?

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

These five core courses need to be at the Regents level (NYS), college preparatory (CP) level – or higher (Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, college courses).

How does New Paltz review the high school transcript?

Most important to know is that we look beyond the posted cumulative high school average. We factor only the five core courses in our review.  We calculate year by year which allows us to see the applicant's particular academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as an applicant's trends in achievement year by year.

A note on the high school transcript:  We only accept official high school transcripts; we do not accept student created transcripts.

What about the SAT or ACT?

We will accept either the SAT or ACT.  We do "superscore."

A note on submission of test scores:  We accept electronic submission of scores from the testing agencies and test scores noted as part of the official transcript.  We do not accept student score reports or hand-written scores, even if signed by a school official.

What about additional information?

Additional information should be submitted at the same time as the application is submitted.  The applicant's full name and date of birth needs to be noted.

Does New Paltz request mid-year grades?

Yes, we annually request mid-year grades from about 40% of our applicants.  All Early Action applicants moved to General Freshman Admission must submit mid-year grades. We request mid-year grades, and any other necessary information, directly from the applicant by email.  If your school automatically sends mid-year grades, we thank you!

What application(s) does New Paltz accept?

We accept The Common Application or the SUNY Common Application.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, $50.  The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Can the application fee be waived?

Yes, for applicants who qualify under the Federal Reduced Lunch/Free Lunch program, or who would qualify under the financial eligibility guidelines of the NYS Educational Opportunity Program.

  • The Common Application: Please submit with the application one of the following fee waiver forms: Common Application, College Board, SAT, ACT.
  • SUNY Common Application: Please submit the SUNY Application Fee Waiver form directly to the SUNY Application Service Center.

Does New Paltz have an Honors Program?

Yes. The mission of the New Paltz Honors Program is to provide an enhanced intellectual experience in a climate conducive to interaction among highly motivated students and faculty.  This experience seeks to develop and intensify skills from a conceptual point of view in a diverse, multidisplicnary, analytical environment that nutures independent thinking, creativity, respect and social responsibility. Honors seminars are interdisciplinary and small (15 students).

The Honors Programs consists of about 280 students.  Students may apply to the Honors Program as freshmen, transfers or continuing students.  Honors programs students receive preferential registration, participate in special on-and-off-campus activities and events.Those who complete the full scope of the program receive an official Honors Program designation on their final college transcript and their diploma.

Are there additional application requirements for art, music or theater applicants?

No.  These applicants will be reviewed under the general freshman admission criteria used for all applicants.  If accepted they will be notified regarding portfolio submission and audition participation.

What can you tell me about the Educational Opportunity Program?

The Educational Opportunity Program is open only to New York State residents.  It is for applicants who have been designated historically academically and financially disadvantaged.  It is not a scholarship program.

Please go to: EOP Admission

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SUNY New Paltz uses email as our official method of communication with applicants.  In order to assure that applicants receive all communications related to their application, please remind them to be sure that the email address they provided on their application is correct.  Please remind them to add New Paltz to their address book to avoid emails from newpaltz.edu being sent to spam folders.

Please contact us!

We are busy but we promise we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.

  • Call:        (845) 257-3200, menu option #3;

  • Email:      admissions@newpaltz.edu;

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

For best results, be sure to have the proper spelling of the applicant’s name and date of birth when contacting us.

By the numbers...

Fall 2017 Freshman Class (Class target: 1,150)

Total applications: 13,556

Total acceptances:  6,055 (44%)

Total enrolled: 1,147

  • Mid-50% High School Average of Accepts: 90.0 - 95.0
  • Mid-50% SAT (EBRW & M) of Accepts: 1140-1270
  • Mid-50% ACT of Accepts: 24 -29