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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 Spring 2023 portfolio submission is December 15, 2022

The deadline for Fall 2023 portfolio submission is May 15, 2023

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.




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.


Art Department specific tours are available upon request.  Please email the Art Department Administrative Assistant for availability of days/times at prestiad@newpaltz.edu.