National media such as Colleges of Distinction, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The Princeton Review, Forbes, The Business Journals, Military Friendly Schools, Great Value Colleges, Business Insider and many others have consistently recognized the academic rigor and value of a SUNY New Paltz education. Affordable College Online and The College Database have both listed SUNY New Paltz among their top 5 colleges and universities nationally with best lifetime return on investment/best lifetime degree value (ROI).
Who will succeed at New Paltz?
What kind of high school program is expected?
These five core courses need to be at the Regents level (NYS), college preparatory (CP) level – or higher (Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, college courses).
How does New Paltz review the high school transcript?
Most important to know is that we look beyond the posted cumulative high school average. We factor only the five core courses in our review. We calculate year by year which allows us to see the applicant's particular academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as an applicant's trends in achievement year by year.
A note on the high school transcript: We only accept official high school transcripts; we do not accept student created transcripts.
What about the SAT or ACT?
We will accept either the SAT or ACT. We do "superscore."
A note on submission of test scores: We accept electronic submission of scores from the testing agencies and test scores noted as part of the official transcript. We do not accept student score reports or hand-written scores, even if signed by a school official.
What about additional information?
Additional information should be submitted at the same time as the application is submitted. The applicant's full name and date of birth needs to be noted.
Does New Paltz request mid-year grades?
Yes, we annually request mid-year grades from about 40% of our applicants. All Early Action applicants moved to General Freshman Admission must submit mid-year grades. We request mid-year grades, and any other necessary information, directly from the applicant by email. If your school automatically sends mid-year grades, we thank you!
What application(s) does New Paltz accept?
We accept The Common Application or the SUNY Common Application.
Is there an application fee?
Yes, $50. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Can the application fee be waived?
Yes, for applicants who qualify under the Federal Reduced Lunch/Free Lunch program, or who would qualify under the financial eligibility guidelines of the NYS Educational Opportunity Program.
Does New Paltz have an Honors Program?
Yes. The mission of the New Paltz Honors Program is to provide an enhanced intellectual experience in a climate conducive to interaction among highly motivated students and faculty. This experience seeks to develop and intensify skills from a conceptual point of view in a diverse, multidisplicnary, analytical environment that nutures independent thinking, creativity, respect and social responsibility. Honors seminars are interdisciplinary and small (15 students).
The Honors Programs consists of about 280 students. Students may apply to the Honors Program as freshmen, transfers or continuing students. Honors programs students receive preferential registration, participate in special on-and-off-campus activities and events.Those who complete the full scope of the program receive an official Honors Program designation on their final college transcript and their diploma.
Are there additional application requirements for art, music or theater applicants?
No. These applicants will be reviewed under the general freshman admission criteria used for all applicants. If accepted they will be notified regarding portfolio submission and audition participation.
What can you tell me about the Educational Opportunity Program?
The Educational Opportunity Program is open only to New York State residents. It is for applicants who have been designated historically academically and financially disadvantaged. It is not a scholarship program.
Please go to: EOP Admission
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By the numbers...
Fall 2017 Freshman Class (Class target: 1,150)
Total applications: 13,556
Total acceptances: 6,055 (44%)
Total enrolled: 1,147