News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz

Class of 2010 arrives on campus

PhotoLarry Oquendo (Custodial), right, provides newcomers with directions during Moving-In Day on Aug. 24. Photo by Danny Wild

The Class of 2010 - 98 percent of which comes from the top two of five State University of New York quality groups - made its debut at New Paltz at Moving-In Day on Aug. 24.

Kristen Alestra '10 was nervous when she arrived early on Thursday to move into her room in DuBois Hall, but by Friday's fall Convocation ceremony - the college's official start to the academic year - she had struck a chord with fellow first-years Chanel Arias '10 and Lauren Tyrell '10.

"Everything clicked by the end of the night," Alestra said.

Alestra, Arias and Tyrell, all prospective Theatre Arts majors, are among the almost 1,000 first-year students who began classes on Monday.

This year, New Paltz received more than 15,000 first-year and transfer applications. With an acceptance rate of 39 percent, the college remains one of the most selective universities in the Northeast and is among the 5 percent of campuses across the country that accepts less than half of its applicants. For the 16th consecutive year, New Paltz has led all SUNY university colleges in total applications received.

"Our incoming students are academically skilled and motivated individuals who come to us from a variety of diverse backgrounds," said David Eaton, vice president of enrollment management. "I am confident that they will be a fine addition to our campus community."

PhotoFirst-year students and their families unload their cars at Esopus Hall on Moving-In Day. Photo by Danny Wild

Entry to New Paltz is becoming more selective at the first-year and transfer levels. This year, the 98 percent of accepted first-year students who came from the top two of five SUNY quality groups is up from 94 percent last year and 67 percent in 2001. These students have a mean SAT score of 1160 and a high school average of more than 90. The average SAT score for college-bound students in 2005 was 1007 for New York and 1026 nationally.

Transfer admission is also selective. Of the 38 percent of accepted transfer applicants, about two-thirds of the students come from the seven regional community colleges. The others are from two- and four-year schools from throughout the state. The new transfer students have an average GPA of 3.25.

The college continues to attract qualified students from all backgrounds. Minority students make up 23 percent of the undergraduate population, and roughly 475 international students are enrolled from more than 52 countries. New Paltz has more students studying abroad and more international students than any other SUNY college.

"We are pleased to welcome almost 200 new international students from all corners of the world to New Paltz this fall," said Bruce Sillner, dean of international programs. "We also have a significant number of exchange students this semester, including two Fulbright scholars, and an increased number of international graduate students."

As the demand for a New Paltz education continues to grow, retention has also improved at the college. The first-year retention rate for fall 2006 is expected to be 85 percent, up significantly from 76 percent eight years ago.

August 28, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 16

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