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Office of Undergraduate Admission
(845) 257-3200 •


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 (ROI)/best lifetime degree value.

Required high school coursework

  • 4 units of English
  • 3-4 units of social studies/history
  • 3-4 units of college preparatory mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry)
  • 3-4 units of science (minimum of 3 units of a laboratory science)
  • 2-4 units of a language other than English

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).

Reviewing the high school transcript

We look beyond the posted cumulative high school average. We only factor in the five core courses (see above) in our review.  We calculate year-by-year which allows us to see the applicant's particular academic strengths and areas for improvement, as well as an applicant's trends in achievement year-by-year.

Important note: We only accept official high school transcripts.

The SAT/ACT requirement

The SAT & ACT requirement is waived for the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 semesters.  However, one of those are required for the accelerated medical programs.  We do "superscore."

Important note:  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.


By the numbers

Total applications:  Approximately 13,000
Total acceptances:  Approximately 6,000 (~40-45%)
Total enrolled:  Approximately 1,100



SUNY New Paltz uses email as our official method of communication with applicants.  In order to assure that applicants receive all communications related to their application, please remind them to be sure that the email address they provided on their application is correct.  Please remind them to add New Paltz to their address book to avoid emails from being sent to spam folders.

Phone: (845) 257-3200, menu option #1


U.S. Postal Address:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
SUNY New Paltz
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York 12561                                                

For best results, be sure to have the proper spelling of the applicant’s name and date of birth when contacting us.

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