First-Year-Students (0-29 credits)

Begin with the College's General Education Requirements. These courses are a good way to explore the range of academic programs on campus as well as develop skills in writing, researching and critical inquiry. Students typically select five classes their first semester (average 15 credits per semester to graduate in four years), all of which will be in the 100 and 200 level. For those students who have very structured curricula (engineering, many of the natural sciences, art), they will include their fields' required introductory courses in their schedules. Students should get to know their academic advisors and their instructors early, specifically to seek help if they have questions or concerns about a course or an issue affecting their academic performance. Become involved in campus life, too. The College has over 120 student organizations, as well as lectures, plays, musical performances and art exhibits available on a regular basis. You might also want to consider undertaking a community service project, such as those offered through the College's AmeriCorps Program. In short, take advantage of all New Paltz has to offer you.

Student Success Tip

Research suggests that commitment to either an academic or occupational goal is the single most important factor in persistence towards graduation.