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Information for Prospective Students

Since the passage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the subsequent passage and updating of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, New Paltz has seen an increase in applications form students with a variety of disabilities.

The information below will inform you of the guidelines that the State University of New York at New Paltz has established for such students.

Pre-Admissions Information
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act an individual with a disability who is applying to a college, a specific program within that college, or a school within a college must be qualified to enter that college, program, or school. The applicant with a disability must meet the same qualifications for admittance as any other applicant. Individuals with disabilities can not be given special consideration because of the nature of the disability. Information (letters, IEP, etc.) submitted with the application which refer to the disability will not be considered in the admissions decision process, nor will any information supplied by the counselor, parent, or applicant during a conversation with the admissions staff be considered in the admissions decision process. It is strongly urged that such information NOT accompany the application for admission.

Post-Admissions Information
After a student has been accepted and has indicated that they are disabled on the SUNY application, New Paltz, through our office of Disability Resource Center, will make contact with the student.

If you choose not to self-identify during the admissions process, it is your responsibility to contact Disability Resource Center upon acceptance to New Paltz. This contact will ascertain the nature of the disability, (physical, learning, emotional), document the type and level of support the student has thus far received, and determine what accommodations are needed for New Paltz to provide the continued support that is necessary to assist the student in managing their college career.

For More Information

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
State University of New York at New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY, 12561-2499
Phone: (845) 257-3200