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Admission to SUNY New Paltz is very competitive.
SUNY New Paltz typically receives in excess of 14,000 applications for a freshman class of 1,150.
GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
We review all general admission applications based on four components:
Official high school transcript.*
An essay as part of the Common Application or as part of the SUNY Supplemental Application.*
A letter of recommendation from the guidance counselor or an academic teacher. *
Extracurricular activities & involvement (examples, but not limited to, jobs, athletic teams, clubs, volunteer positions).
*If unable to submit materials electronically, official copies may be sent to:
State University of New York at New Paltz
Office of Undergraduate Admission
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561
SUNY New Paltz is SAT/ACT optional for the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters (unless applying to an accelerated medical program).
Unfortunately, given the large number of applications, SUNY New Paltz does not honor requests for individual interviews.
More information on our specific requirements are found below.
A college preparatory program containing the five core subject areas:
4 units of English
3-4 units of social sciences/history
3-4 units of college prep mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry)
3-4 units of laboratory science
2-4 units of a language other than English
Our review of an applicant's academic work will be by academic year so that we can get a clear, year-by-year picture of achievement and motivation throughout the course of the applicant's high school career.
Weighted high school averages: As so many high schools use weighted averages, we will recalculate the overall average in accordance with the high school profile. We use only the five core subjects when recalculating the average.
The middle 50% high school averages of our accepted freshmen: 90.0 - 95.0
SUNY New Paltz will be test optional for the students applying to the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 start terms. Application review will focus on the strength of the high school coursework taken, the grades achieved in academic course work, letters of recommendation, the extracurricular activities, as well as the structure and quality of the student essay.
Important note: Students applying for the accelerated 3+4 Osteopathic Medical Programs, and the accelerated 3+4 Optometry Medical Programs, will be required to submit either the SAT or the ACT test scores for admission consideration into these programs.
Any student that has taken the SAT or ACT test, and wishes to have their scores considered during our holistic review process should notify the Office of Undergraduate Admission by email. We will only be able to consider the tests scores in our review process if we have received advanced notification from the student. This notification should be sent at the same time that the student submits their application.
The Application fee is $50.00 and is non-refundable.
Please use only one application.
Students who wish to be considered for Early Action admission must have the application and required application materials received and completed by November 15.
Decisions are sent via U.S. Mail by the first week of January.
Unfortunately, EOP applicants are not eligible to apply Early Action.
Completed applications must be received by:
Spring General Freshman Admission December 15
Fall General Freshman Admission May 1
Early Action November 15
Accelerated 3+4 Medical Program January 15
Accelerated 3+4 Optometry Program January 15
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) April 15
SUNY New Paltz reserves the right to alter due dates at any time without prior notification to applicants.
SUNY New Paltz Admission uses email as its official method of communication. In order to assure that applicants receive all communications related to their application, applicants must make sure that the email address provided on their application is correct. Applicants should add SUNY New Paltz to their address books to avoid emails from email@example.com being sent to spam/junk folders.
HOME SCHOOL & ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION
We do accept home schooled students. More information on admission requirements can be found here.
Information for online correspondence high school students can be found here.
VETERANS AND MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS
Veterans or military service members and/or their spouses and children should contact the Office of Veteran & Military Services at 845-257-3074 or OVMS@newpaltz.edu for further information.
SUNY New Paltz is accommodating virtual visits at this time. For more information, or to register to speak with a counselor, please visit us online at www.newpaltz.edu/admissions/visit.html.
Congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY New Paltz! SUNY New Paltz offers a creative, diverse, challenging and supportive environment, where you can get a degree from a highly respected university and an education rich in experiences that will serve you well for your lifetime.