Among New Paltz’s most prominent characteristics today are its strong and growing academic quality, the value it places on close intellectual engagement between students and faculty or staff, the comprehensiveness of its academic programs, its diverse student population, and its deep connections to the culture and economy of the mid-Hudson region. In 2013-14, the College began implementing a strategic plan developed under President Christian’s leadership. The primary goals of the plan are to take specific actions that improve the quality of the student experience and the College’s educational contributions, strengthen the College’s role and visibility in the region, enhance alumni relations, improve philanthropic success, and enhance institutional effectiveness. New Paltz has also prioritized sustainability and has recently completed an array of projects to expand these efforts. The College is well underway to achieving and surpassing its goals.
New Paltz’s rising reputation has been acknowledged in college rankings publications. US News and World Report ranked New Paltz 5th among the “Best Public Regional Masters Universities” in the Northeast, up from 7th in 2010. New Paltz also ranked 20th among “Public and Private Regional Masters Universities” in the Northeast. Kiplinger and The Princeton Review have named New Paltz a “Best Value” in higher education. The College has also been ranked 2nd in the Affordable Colleges Online list of “Top 50 Affordable Colleges with a High ROI,” a list of the nation’s most affordable colleges with the biggest return on investment (ROI), and Business Journal also ranked New Paltz among the top 75 public universities in the nation.