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 Before submitting your application, please review the following information regarding our application process for international students.

The basic requirement for admission to the Graduate School is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

In addition, international students must demonstrate their English language proficiency. They may be asked to submit translations/evaluations of their transcripts by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. See the chart below for your intended program or general English language proficiency scores.

SUNY New Paltz will consider a three-year bachelor's degree from India as equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree if:

The three-year degree was earned in Division or Class I at universities accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a grade of A.

All other three-year degrees from India will be considered as the equivalent of three years of undergraduate study.

Adhering to your program's admission deadline is crucial to the success of your application. Apply early to ensure timely application review and early decisions.

Online applications will be accepted:

Spring (January) Admissions  -- August 1 - November 15

Fall (August) Admissions        -- December 1 - May 15

We close admission for students residing outside of the U.S. on Dec. 1 for spring (January) term, and June 15 for fall (August) term. Please note that these deadlines are not applicable to international students residing within the U.S. at the time of admission wishing to transfer their I-20 to SUNY New Paltz.

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. NOTE: Individual departments may require a score higher than the minimum acceptable score, so students should consult their departments.

Six ways to demonstrate English language proficiency:

English Proficiency may be demonstrated by providing evidence of meeting one of these criteria:

  1. An official score of 80* on the TOEFL iBT, 85 for MA English applicants, or 90 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
    *Computer Science and Engineering applicants must provide a minimum of 74 on the iBT.

  2. An official score of 6.5* on the IELTS, or a 7.0 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
    *Computer Science and Engineering applicants must provide a minium of 6.0 on the IELTS.

  3. An official score of 53* on the PTE Academic, 57 for MA English applicants, or a 61 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
    *Computer Science and Engineering applicants must provide a minimum of 50 on the PTE.
  4. A passing score on a proficiency test given upon arrival on campus. (Only available to students who have been offered Conditional Admission.)

  5. A certificate of English Language Proficiency from the Haggerty English Language Program at SUNY New Paltz.

  6. Official transcripts indicating a college degree from a U.S. institution. If the degree was earned more than three years prior to the submission of a graduate application, then the student must provide acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

Conditional admission for applicants with limited English proficiency

In the event that you are offered admission having only demonstrated a marginal level of English Language Proficiency, you will be required to sit for a placement exam upon arrival at SUNY New Paltz. The exam may include:

  1. A test of grammar, reading and listening comprehension.
  2. An oral interview, and possibly
  3. A writing sample.

Based upon your performance on the exam, you may be required to register for additional English language instruction. All students must demonstrate the required level of English proficiency before being allowed to begin graduate coursework.

If you need additional information, please contact the Haggerty English Language Program at 845-257-3595.

Our online application system allows students to manage their application process. Review the steps below for a quick overview:


    To expedite a faculty review of an application, students may upload the following items:
    • Admission Essay
    • Student copies of transcripts and mark sheets* from every college/university attended
    • Student copies of standardized test scores*
    • Request letters of recommendation—students will need to provide the faculty member’s name and email address in order to complete the request process.
    • International student documentation (Financial Statement, Affidavit of Support, Bank Statement)
    • Clear copy of your passport
    • Resume/CV (if appropriate)
    • Portfolio (if appropriate)

* Full admission REQUIRES the submission of official transcripts and test scores.


    1. SUNY New Paltz students, alumni, faculty and staff must log into the application system using their New Paltz credentials (NPCUID).
    2. NEW students may create an account by selecting the New User option and verifying their email address.
    3. RETURNING users may access the application system using their email address and password that was included when creating their account.

    • After creating your account and verifying your email, log back into the system as a RETURNING user and select International Graduate Student Application.
    • Once you have completed the application, you will be able to upload admission requirements such as, the admission essay, copies of your transcripts/degree certificates, test scores, passport, and financial documents Additionally, the system will allow you to request letters of recommendation from faculty. 

       Full admission REQUIRES you to submit OFFICIAL transcripts and test scores.


After uploading your documents online, requrest official copies of your transcripts and test scores be sent to: 

SUNY New Paltz
Graduate & Extended Learning
800 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2442


Check the Status of Your Application

Log in as a Returning User to modify your application or monitor its status.

Additional information

The Graduate School sends official notification regarding offers of graduate admission. Any communications concerning admission that are not generated from The Graduate School are unofficial. An I-20 will not be generated without the express approval of the graduate dean.

Federal regulations restrict the Graduate School from sharing any information regarding a student’s records with any third party, including parents, guardians or a spouse. If you would like to enable us to speak with an individual regarding your application or student record, please include the Waiver for the Release of Information with your graduate application packet.