Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants

Once you are ready to apply, log in to the online portfolio submission site. 

For both freshman and transfer applicants, the successful portfolio review is paramount. Students are admitted according to the strengths of their artistic capabilities as demonstrated by the proficiency and promise of work included in portfolios. 

Early submission of portfolios is strongly encouraged

Freshman Applicants (PDF): 

Prospective art students must be academically accepted to SUNY New Paltz PRIOR to submitting an online portfolio; therefore, prospective students are advised to apply for early admission to the College so that the art portfolio can be reviewed early in the spring semester for fall admission.

Transfer Applicants (PDF):

The deadline for Spring 2018 is November 1, 2017.

Acceptance to the College
is contingent to being accepted into a major. For Art transfers, this means that an accepted portfolio is necessary. Prospective students should apply early because the Art Department receives a great number of transfer applications each year.


Regional Portfolio Review Days Spring 2018

Members of the SUNY New Paltz Art Department Faculty are attending the following regional Portfolio Review Days. This is an opportunity to solicit feedback on your creative work.

Please click on each institution's active link to register.

4 - 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, Mill Street Loft

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, the Sage College

4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, Westchester Community College


SUNY Open House event for Fall

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017


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SUNY Accepted Student Open House event for Spring 2018

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, TBD

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, TBD



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Accepted Student Open House is a great way to experience campus. You will begin your day with a Welcome from the President, the Provost, and a student representative. Following the morning program, guests will head to academic sessions with our various departments. The afternoon will allow you to explore by taking a Residence Life tour, visiting our Get to Know New Paltz Information Fair, and much more.


Accepted students are encouraged to enroll then register for student orientation and course registration. Information for both can be found by clicking on the following links:

Freshman/new student enrollment

Transfer student enrollment

Other resources for your day 

Driving directions

Trailways bus schedule and information

Campus map

Visitors guide 

Parking - Since you are our special guest, no parking permits are required for these events. Parking will be in the West parking lot and in the Elting main, middle or lower lot. All four parking lots are located near the Athletic and Wellness Center. Student volunteers will direct you to available parking spaces.

Registration for this event is available through your account once you have been accepted. You can also reach us by phone at  845-257-3688.


Weekly Art Department Tours

Art Department tours are coordinated through Undergraduate Admissions.

Please click on this link to register for a tour:

The Fine Arts-focused tours begin in Sept. 2017.  The tours (depending on visitor interest) will take place Fridays at 2:15 - 4:00 p.m. The visit will begin with a 30-minute general information session by an admission counselor. Fine Art students will then go with one of our art-major tour guides for the tour portion of their visit.

The tour will go over housing, general academics, athletics, dining, the Samuel Dorsky Museum, and will also visit Old Library, Smiley Art Building, and the Fine Arts Building.

Due to safety reasons and to preserve our current students' academic experience, the tours will not be able to enter active studio spaces.  A visit to the studio space is available during the Accepted Student Open House events on campus.



Requirements for Graduate Applicants

Priority is given to MFA applications received by January 15. We will continue to review applications after this deadline if there are studio spaces available. Please note that the application requires payment of a non-refundable $50 application fee.

For online applications, payment can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). For paper applications, payment can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), a U.S. Postal money order, or a check in U.S. funds made payable to SUNY New Paltz.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions Advising office at 845-257-3285 or:


Required Graduate Application Procedures
  • Submit an online application through the Graduate School and pay application fee. Please note that online applications for the Fall semester are accepted starting on Nov. 15.

    Online Graduate Application

  • After your application and fee have been received by the Graduate School, you will be sent an e-mail with a link to our Electronic Portfolio system. Use the information provided in the email to log in and check your online application status. On this site you will see a link at the top of the page titled "Submit Portfolio." Use this link to upload your portfolio. If you experience problems accessing the electronic portfolio system, please see the guide here.

  • Your portfolio should consist of 20 examples of your best work. Images can be labeled and ordered as they are uploaded into our Electronic Portfolio system. Each work sample must be labeled with the title of work, medium, size, and date. You may include external links to videos as part of your portfolio.
  • For good image quality and fast upload, we recommend jpeg images no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels @ 72 dpi.
  • As part of the online application process, you will be asked to submit an artist statement that discusses your concepts, research, methods, and influences.
  • Once you have submitted your application fee payment information, print the signature page that automatically displays.  The signature page will be required to complete your admissions process.  The signature page will only display once.

Send the following items in one packet:
  • The signed signature page from your online application or paper application
  • Two letters of recommendation from instructors or other individuals who can evaluate your potential for graduate study
  • One official transcript from each college/university attended, including colleges from which you have transferred credits
  • A resume or CV
  • Your Graduate Admissions essay that clearly addresses the following:

    • How have your previous experiences contributed to your decision to enter the program?
    • How will graduate study assist you in achieving your future career and educational aspirations?
    • What are your professional goals?


Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and approximately 400 to 500 words. Because your essay provides a sample of your writing, it should reflect exemplary organization, writing style, and mechanics.


Mail your complete application package to:

The Graduate School
State University of New York at New Paltz
Old Main Building Room 127
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443


International Applicants

Prospective international students for whom English is not their native language and any applicant whose undergraduate degree is from a country where English is not the main language of instruction are required to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Please see the following link for specific instructions:

International Applicants


For more detailed information regarding applications, course offerings and other degree requirements, contact the Graduate Office at 845-257-3285.

For more information, visit the following sites:

Undergraduate Admissions
Graduate Admissions