Why do I need to
attend an Orientation?
Orientation is an essential part of entering college and registering for classes.
It is necessary for all incoming New Paltz freshmen to attend a session. New Paltz has a 99% attendance rate for Orientation.
How long does the
The program includes 2½ days of jam-packed required activities, so it is essential
that students select a session for which they can make the 2½ day commitment.
Check-in at the residence halls is between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Extra-night housing is available for those who wish to arrive on Monday evening between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at a cost of $20.00 per person, which includes breakfast. Please indicate “extra-night housing” in the box on your reservation form. (Extra-night housing check-in procedures will be in your confirmation brochure.) If you are travelling by bus, information on Adirondack Trailways will be included
in your Confirmation Packet.
Do students attend the
with family members?
We encourage family members to attend Orientation. It is a great opportunity for family members to meet important campus contacts, have all of their questions and concerns about college addressed, and partake in leisure activities. About 50% of students are accompanied by family members and siblings. However, students participate and immerse themselves in their program which is separate from the Parent & Family Program. Siblings who participate must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult.
How is the Parent
and Family Program
The program runs parallel to the Student Orientation and provides a separate forum for family members to experience the same content as the students while being parent-family specific. Student Orientation groups are designed to encourage social bonding between incoming students; therefore, all guests follow the Parent and Family program and overlap with their students for one meal and one activity. Parents and family members, including siblings and other guests, reside in a separate residence hall from the students. Please remember that the student residence hall is NOT airconditioned, however, the Parent & Family Residence Hall is air-conditioned.
Is the housing for
separated by gender?
If members of the same family attend together, they will be housed together (If two members of a family need separate accommodations, please be sure to so indicate.) Family members attending alone will be housed with another person of the same gender in separate rooms, sharing a suite.
What if a parent cannot
attend the entire
In extenuating circumstances, a parent can choose to attend either Day One- Tuesday, or Day Two- Wednesday of the program. Lunch only is included in
Day One. NO MEALS are included in Day Two (Wed). Meals can be purchased on a cash basis.
I live in the Hudson Valley. Is it necessary for me to stay on campus overnight? Many mandatory meetings, activities and informal advising sessions take place late into the evening. For the student’s social adjustment, we strongly urge every student participating to stay on campus, even if he or she resides in New Paltz.
Do you award credit for
Students who receive a score of 3 or better on an AP subject examination will receive either a course-tocourse equivalent credit or elective credit, depending on the individual department policy. You must request an official AP score report from the College Board be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the midpoint of your first semester at New Paltz in order to receive credit.
Do you award credit
for IB courses?
Students who receive a grade of 5 or better in an IB Standard or Higher level course will receive either a course-to-course credit or elective credit depending on the individual department policy. You must request an official IB transcript from the IB Group be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the mid-point of your first semester at New Paltz in order to receive credit. Students who earn a 24 or better on the IB diploma are eligible to receive up to 30 college credits.
What if I’ve taken a
during high school?
New Paltz will accept college courses from accredited colleges for which you have
received a “C” or better. Official transcripts from the participating college(s) must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the mid-point of your first semester at New Paltz in order to receive credit.
Will I receive any
Once you have returned your reservation form with payment, you will first receive a confirmation postcard confirming the dates of the session to which you have been assigned. A few weeks prior to the session, you will receive a confirmation packet with a checklist of what to pack, directions to the campus, and further information on
When is the Health
Report and Proof of
(signed by a physician)
The Student Health Service highly recommends that once you have chosen to attend SUNY New Paltz, you ask your family doctor to submit a physical (pre-enrollment health report) and a signed copy of your immunization record directly to their office.
Please plan ahead and make an appointment with your physician as July and
August are extremely busy months for physical examinations.The health report is located within the SUNY New Paltz website by navigating to the Student Health Service site, clicking on forms and printing the Pre-Enrollment Health Report (PEHR). You may also go directly to www. newpaltz.edu/healthcenter/ healthrpt.pdf
New York State law requires all students submit a copy of their immunization record
to the Student Health Service as soon as possible. The absolute deadline for having
the health report with the immunization dates required by law in the Health Service is Friday July 29, 2011.
When will I receive
official Financial Aid
Accepted students who have filed a FAFSA by March 15th should receive an estimate of aid eligibility on or shortly after April 1st. Families are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office web site online presentation (under General Information) “Managing The Price of College” for detailed cost and financing options. When will I find out information about fall housing? During Orientation, information about housing options will be reviewed with you and you will have the opportunity to select a room. Please note: If you plan to live off-campus, you must receive pre-approval from the Department of Residence Life before you can sign up for Orientation.
For further information on housing, please contact them at 845.257.4444.
When is final payment
due for tuition,
housing, meal plan,
and associated fees?
Payment must be received in the Office of Student Accounts by the stated due
date that appears on the bill. You can access your bill, accept your charges, and make payment or payment arrangements online at my.newpaltz.edu. Billing is only done online through your my.newpaltz.edu account. Paper bills are not mailed.
Will Orientation fees be
refunded if we have
Refunds can only be issued if we are notified in writing at least 72 hours before your
session begins. Please call 845.257.3088.