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International student application process


Common App for intl admission page   List of majors button for intl admission page

The basic requirement for admission is a high school degree and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or an 85% grade average or higher). 


  1. Online application through the or applySUNY 
  2. $50 application fee 
  3. Official high school transcripts and mark sheets* 
  4. Local and state board scores, if available 
  5. Admission essay (personal statement)** 
  6. 1 letter of recommendation*** 
  7. SAT/ACT (optional/not required) 
  8. Proof of English language proficiency 

*Full admission requires the submission of official transcripts and test scores. If you are admitted to the undergraduate program, you must request official copies of your transcripts and test scores be sent by courier to:  

International Undergraduate Admission 
State University of New York at New Paltz 
Van den berg Hall, Suite 201 
1 Hawk Drive 
New Paltz, New York 12561 

An official transcript (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, and “A" Level). You must submit official secondary/high school transcripts - in the original language and in a translated English version. 

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

*** A letter of recommendation from an academic teacher or school counselor.

Common App for intl admission page


December 1 for Spring semester (January start)* 
Art/Visual Art Education - April 15 
May 1 for Fall semester (August start) 
Art/Visual Art Education - October 15 

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

*Instructions for Freshmen applying to a January term: 

  • Apply as “International Freshman” for the Fall 2020 semester. 
  • Follow up with an e-mail to intadmissions@newpaltz.eduIn the e-mail, indicate your desire to have your application changed to Spring 2020.  The changes will then be made here on the SUNY New Paltz campus and the review process will begin. 
  • The deadline for spring is December 1, but we recommend applying sooner, in order to process all necessary immigration documentation. 

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

Prospective international students for whom English is not the native language, and any applicant whose undergraduate degree is from a country where English is not the main language of instruction, are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency.  

Review the chart below for methods of demonstrating language proficiency: 





PTE Academic 


SAT (Reading and Writing)    




Conditional Admission 

The Haggerty English Language Pathway Program 

Students applying to undergraduate programs* at SUNY New Paltz may be admitted without proof of English proficiency if they meet all other admissions standards. Upon arrival, these students will be tested and placed into academic or ESL courses as needed. These students will be: 

  • issued an Undergraduate Pathway I-20 from SUNY New Paltz. The I-20 will indicate that the student is not yet proficient in English and that she or he will be tested for proficiency upon arrival. 
  • eligible to enroll in an academic course if they are placed in our advanced levels and meet the required criteria. 
  • eligible to undertake a full-time program of degree study upon completion of the Haggerty English Language Program (HELP) or upon achieving the required proficiency based on TOEFL or IELTS test scores. 
  • invited to the Summer 5-week HELP program. This optional program is a way to get a head start on developing language proficiency. 

Visit for more information, or contact the Haggerty English Language Program at 845-257-3595 but phone or by email. 


Tuition $16,980
University fees and health insurance+ $3,522
Dormitory housing and dining hall meals $13,928
Billable Total* $34,430
Estimate of personal expenses and books  $4,430
I-20 Total** $38,860
*Tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 academic year are estimated and subject to change at any time.
**$38,860 USD is required to document for issuance of I-20 for student visa: reflects all school fees, as well as personal expenses, books, and supplies ($4,430).
+Foreign student health insurance fee includes coverage for 12 months. Students will be reimbursed for unused time

How to pay

Students will receive their bill to their account close to orientation, and can pay upon arrival. Methods of acceptable payment can be found here on the Student Accounts website

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

SUNY New Paltz is proud to offer the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship, which recognizes promising international students with a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. SUNY New Paltz will select two first-year undergraduate international students to receive an annual, renewable scholarship to cover 50% of their tuition beginning in the Fall 2020 semester. 

Apply today!

Retention Scholarships

There are also some scholarships for current students studying at SUNY New Paltz, depending on the program or eligibility. Visit your program's department website or speak with your advisor during your studies after you arrive for more information. 


Congratulations on your admission to SUNY New Paltz! 
You have made the decision to advance yourself academically and professionally, and now the next step is to confirm your enrollment for the semester.

Please visit the International Student Services page to complete your next steps:

  1. Steps to Enrollment
    Pre-Enrollment Deposit, health forms, airport pick-up request
  2. Applying for an F1 Student Visa
    How-to instructions and advice

Don't forget to send these documents to

  • Copy of Valid Passport (photo page only)
  • Official transcript and test scores
  • Financial Documentation

Note about Financial Documentation:

US Citizenship and Immigration Services requires evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of an international student's academic program. Official 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 $38,858.00 USD, to cover all school fees, as well as additional books, supplies and personal expenses. 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 with copies of financial documents verifying the availability of funding for undergraduate study in the United States to intadmissions@newpaltz.eduAfter we receive this and verify it, we will send you the I-20 document needed for your visa interview via DHL Express, and your SEVIS ID number and DHL tracking number will be sent to you by email. 


Office Phone: +1 (845) 257-3595
Whatsapp: +1 (845) 419-8129
Email for application questions:
Email for I-20/Orientation questions: 

Mailing Address:

International Undergraduate Admission 
State University of New York at New Paltz 
Van den berg Hall, Suite 201 
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York, 12561

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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 500 students, representing over 70 nations, play an important role in educational and cultural fabric of the SUNY New Paltz campus community.


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