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Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants

Admittance into the Art Department is based on a portfolio review. Portfolios are submitted online and reviewed by a faculty committee.

Once you apply, log onto your admission status portal to submit your portfolio and statement of purpose.  

For both freshman and transfer applicants, the successful portfolio review is paramount. Students are admitted according to the strengths of their artistic capabilities as demonstrated by the proficiency and promise of work included in portfolios. 

Early submission of portfolios is strongly encouraged

Fall admission applications are due by May 1st
Portfolio submission January 1st - May 15th

Spring admission applications are due by December 1st
Portfolio submission August 15th - December 15th

Freshman Applicants (PDF): 

Prospective art students must be academically accepted to SUNY New Paltz PRIOR to submitting an online portfolio; therefore, prospective students are advised to apply for early admission to the College so that the art portfolio can be reviewed early in the spring semester for fall admission.

Transfer Applicants (PDF):

Prospective transfer students must be accepted to the Department of Art PRIOR to admission to the College.


The deadline for Fall 2021 portfolio submission is May 15, 2021

The deadline for Spring 2022 portfolio submission is December 15, 2021

Acceptance to the College
is contingent to being accepted into a major. For Art transfers, this means that an accepted portfolio is necessary. Prospective students should apply early because the Art Department receives a great number of transfer applications each year.


Regional Portfolio Review Days Spring 2022

Members of the SUNY New Paltz Art Department Faculty are attending the following regional Portfolio Review Days. This is an opportunity to solicit feedback on your creative work.

Please click on each institution's active link to register.

4 - 8 p.m. Friday, November TBD, 2021, The Art Effect formerly Mill Street Loft https://feelthearteffect.org/events/portfolio-day/

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, November TBD, 2021, the Sage College https://www.sage.edu/event/37th-annual-portfolio-review-day

4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, November TBD, 2021, Westchester Community College http://www.sunywcc.edu/events/portfolioday/


SUNY Open House event for Fall

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, October TBD, 2021

Registration http://www.newpaltz.edu/admissions/visit.html

Log into https://www.newpaltz.edu/admissions/openhouse/


SUNY Accepted Student Open House event for Spring 2022

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, March TBD 2022

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, April TBD 2022



Log in to http://www.newpaltz.edu/admissions/openhouse/accepted.student.html for registration.


Accepted Student Open House is a great way to experience campus. You will begin your day with a Welcome from the President, the Provost, and a student representative. Following the morning program, guests will head to academic sessions with our various departments. The afternoon will allow you to explore by taking a Residence Life tour, visiting our Get to Know New Paltz Information Fair, and much more.


Accepted students are encouraged to enroll then register for student orientation and course registration. Information for both can be found by clicking on the following links:

Freshman/new student enrollment

Transfer student enrollment

Other resources for your day 

Driving directions

Trailways bus schedule and information

Campus map

Visitors guide 

Parking - Since you are our special guest, no parking permits are required for these events. Parking will be in the West parking lot and in the Elting main, middle or lower lot. All four parking lots are located near the Athletic and Wellness Center. Student volunteers will direct you to available parking spaces.

Registration for this event is available through your my.newpaltz.edu account once you have been accepted. You can also reach us by phone at  845-257-3688.


Weekly Art Department Tours

Art Department tours are coordinated through Undergraduate Admissions.

Please click on this link to register for a tour:


The Fine Arts-focused tours begin in February 2021.  The tours (depending on visitor interest) will take place on TBD .   The visit will begin with a 30-minute general information session by an admission counselor. Fine Art students will then go with one of our art-major tour guides for the tour portion of their visit.

The tour will go over housing, general academics, athletics, dining, the Samuel Dorsky Museum, and will also visit Old Library, Smiley Art Building, and the Fine Arts Building.

Due to safety reasons and to preserve our current students' academic experience, the tours will not be able to enter active studio spaces.  A visit to the studio space is available during the Accepted Student Open House events on campus.



Requirements for Graduate Applicants

Priority is given to MFA applications received by January 15. We will continue to review applications after this deadline if there are studio spaces available.

1. Review the application process:

The following site provides instructions to help you prepare your application www.newpaltz.edu/graduate/admissions/admissions-overview/

Contact us at (845) 257-3285 or gradschool@newpaltz.edu if you would like to schedule an advising appointment, tour of campus or need assistance selecting a program.


2. Begin your application:

Visit our website at http://www.newpaltz.edu/graduate/admissions/apply-now/ to begin the application process. The Graduate School will only review complete files for admission and closes all incomplete applications at the conclusion of each admission cycle and disposes of these files after two years.


3. Submit your portfolio:

As part of the application process you will be asked to submit 20 images of your best work through our online portfolio system. Please note that although we require 20 images you do not need to include 20 separate pieces; multiple detail photographs and installation documentation is encouraged. Each work sample must be labeled with the title of work, medium, size, and date. You may include external links to videos as part of your portfolio. Images can be labeled and ordered as they are uploaded. For good image quality and fast upload, we recommend jpeg images no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels @ 72 ppi.