International Students

Admissions Criteria

The State University of New York at New Paltz has a century long tradition of providing an affordable and high quality education to international students. Today, more than 600 students, representing over 50 nations, play an important role in educational and cultural fabric of the SUNY New Paltz campus community.

International Students


Any student who is not a US citizen nor permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student and will require a non-immigrant visa to study legally in the United States.



Please submit one of the following online applications:

Required Documents

Official Transcripts:  An official transcript is documentation of a student's permanent academic record including the courses that have been completed and the marks that have been received for those courses.  If your school or national education department does not provide transcripts, please provide a certified record of the courses and examinations taken, This would include Government Examination certificates (such as GCSE-"O" Level, IGCSE, "A" Level).

Freshmen:  If you graduated, or are about to graduate from a secondary/high school and have never matriculated/attended any universities, then you will be considered a freshman. You must submit official secondary/high school transcripts - in the original language and in a translated English version.

Standardized Test & English Language Proficiency Information

SUNY New Paltz does not require the SAT, ACT or TOEFL as part of the admission decision process; however,  providing the scores from either the SAT, ACT or TOEFL can be helpful in making the admission decision and can also be important in establishing English proficiency and proper course placement.

Recommended score levels:

  • SAT -  Score between 1090 - 1600 (Critical Reading & Mathematics)
  • ACT - Score between 24-36
  • TOEFL - iBT score of 80 or better
  • IELTS - score of 6.5 or better (no sub-scores lower than 6.0)

International applicants who are completing high school in the United States must provide the results of either the SAT or ACT.

Personal Essay

A personal essay is required. The essay that is a required part of the SUNY Supplemental Application or the Common Application is acceptable. You may also use the the SUNY International Applicant Essay form - FSA-2  form for your essay. You may choose any topic for your autobiographical essay.



If you were admitted and attended a college/university (inside or outside of the US) you are considered a transfer student. You must submit your official college/university transcripts from that college/university. If you attended more than one college/university, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities.

To Apply

Please submit one of the following online applications:

The SUNY Application

The Common Application

Transfer applicants must apply directly to a major program  Many majors have specific admission requirements. Please go to our transfer students website for this information.

Foreign Course Evaluation:  We recommend that transfer students obtain an evaluation of your non-US university transcript(s) from a credential evaluation service that is a member in good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES). You can visit for information about these services.

High School transcript:  You must also submit your high school transcript in both the original language and a translated English version if you have less than 45 completed college credits.



US Citizenship and Immigration Services requires evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of an international student's academic program. Original financial/bank statements indicating sufficient funds are required to support one's education at SUNY New Paltz for a period of at least one year.  Bank statements amounts should total no less than $33,842 USD. Financial documentation must be in English and must be in United States Dollars (USD) or shown at the applicable conversion rate.  

Submit the SUNY Foreign Student Financial Form (FSA-4) with original financial documents verifying the availability of funding for undergraduate study in the United States.


Submit a copy of your valid passport from home country (photo page only)

Submit a copy of your valid student visa (photo page only) if you are currently in the US.



Fall Enrollment

Freshmen - May 1

Transfer - May 1

Art/Visual Art Education - April 15

SUNY New Paltz reserves the right to alter application due dates without notice.

Spring Enrollment

Freshmen  -May 1

Transfer - Dec. 1

Art/Visual Art Education - Oct. 15

SUNY New Paltz reserves the right to alter application due dates without notice.



After the completed application and all required documentation has been received and reviewed, an admission decision will be made. 

Applicants who are accepted will receive written notification of their acceptance with the Pre-Enrollment Deposit (PED) invoice.

Accepted applicants are required to return the Pre-Enrollment Deposit (PED) of $250 USD to the SUNY New Paltz Office of Student Accounts.

Upon receipt of the PED, the SUNY New Paltz international student adviser will forward accepted applicants an enrollment information packet, including the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status.


International Programs
State University of New York at New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York

Telephone: 845-257-3595
Fax: 845-257-3608