About New Paltz

President's Welcome


President Donald P. Christian

Welcome to the State University of New York at New Paltz and thank you for your interest in our college.  Whether you are a prospective or current student, parent, alumnus/alumna, friend of the college, patron of the arts, or interested citizen, you will find the information you need here on our website.

New Paltz is a special place. Since its founding in 1828, the college has valued its commitment to a challenging liberal education. This tradition is still at the heart of our institution today—as we provide our students with the learning experiences that earn them a degree from one of the top SUNY four year schools and an education that prepares them to succeed in, and contribute to, a complex and global society.

New Paltz is located in one of the most beautiful regions of New York State— the Hudson Valley, with rich cultural, historical, artistic, and natural resources. The Village of New Paltz, a classic “college town,” is within walking distance and its Main Street is vibrant with specialty shops and restaurants that cater to every taste. We pride ourselves on both supporting and contributing to the cultural and intellectual offerings of this magnificent region. 

Please feel free to browse the site and find out more about New Paltz.  I look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Donald P. Christian