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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.


We review all general admission applications based on four components:

  1. Official high school transcript.
  2. An essay as part of the Common Application or as part of the SUNY Supplemental Application.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the guidance counselor or an academic teacher. 
  4. Extracurricular activities & involvement (examples, but not limited to, jobs, athletic teams, clubs, volunteer positions).

SUNY New Paltz is SAT/ACT optional for the Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 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.

+  Required High School Coursework

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
+  Average High School GPA

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

+  Are the SAT/ACT required?

SUNY New Paltz will be test optional for the students applying to the spring 2021, fall 2021 and the spring 2022 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.

+  Freshmen Academic Profile - Fall 2019

General Freshman Class


Freshmen HS Average (mid-50%)

90.0 - 95.0

SAT (EBRW & Math) (mid-50%)

1150 - 1300

ACT (mid-50%)

24 - 29

EOP Freshmen Class


EOP Freshmen HS Average (mid-50%)

82.0 - 87.0

EOP SAT (EBRW & Math) (mid-50%)

940 - 1040

EOP ACT (mid-50%)

19 - 22


+  Freshmen Geographic Profile

As of August 2020

New York State






New York State Regions


Hudson Valley


New York City


Long Island


Capital District


Other regions of New York State



Complete either the:

Common Application


SUNY Application

The Application fee is $50.00 and is non-refundable.

Please use only one application.

+  Early Action Deadline

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. 

+  Application Due Dates

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.

+  An Important Application Note

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 being sent to spam/junk folders.


+  Home School Information

We do accept home schooled students.  More information on admission requirements can be found here.

+  Online Correspondence High School Information

Information for online correspondence high school students can be found here.


Veterans or military service members and/or their spouses and children should contact Jason F. Gilliland, Coordinator of Veteran and Military Services, at 845-257-3120 or for further information.


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