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Orientation & Advisement 2020

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Congratulations and Welcome to
SUNY New Paltz!

If you’ve received your acceptance letter for Spring 2021, we look forward to welcoming you soon. Bookmark this page to keep track of everything you need and the latest updates before you start your journey as SUNY New Paltz student.


Important information: Due to COVID 19, all new first-year and transfer students are required to complete Orientation 2021 online.  THIS ORIENTATION PROGRAM MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE REGISTERING FOR CLASSES.

Please continue to check this page regularly for the most up to date information on Orientation 2021.

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PAY YOUR $150 PRE-ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT (PED) (required of all new students and this will allow us to begin communicating with you via your hawkmail account).

You can pay your PED through your admissions status portal online. Each applicant also received an application acknowledgment notification which included a personal New Paltz Computer User ID (NPCUID). This number begins with NO (N + zero plus seven additional digits). If you have not already done so, you must first pay your PED. This deposit is NOT an additional fee; it is a down-payment towards your bill, holds your space at New Paltz and will be deducted from the bill you receive once you have registered for classes.

PAY YOUR $100 ADVANCE ROOM DEPOSIT (ARD) (required if you plan to live on campus)

This is also a deposit that that will be credited toward your fall housing. You can pay your ARD through your admissions status portal online or by contacting Student Accounts at 845-257-3150 during business hours. You do not need to pay this fee if you will be commuting to campus (see Res Life page for requirements if you are a first-year student).

Pre-Enrollment Deposit

The pre-enrollment deposit may be refunded if the Office of Student Accounts receives a written request by the following dates:

For the Summer or Fall Semester.........May 1 preceding the start of the semester

For the Spring Semester.....................November 1 preceding the start of the semester.

OR, if acceptance to the College is received after these dates, requests for refunds must be received within 30 days of the date of acceptance. In no case will refunds be considered if requests for such refunds are received after the official first day of classes of the semester for which original application for admission was made.

Advance Room Deposit

May be refunded if written request for refund is received in the Office of Student Accounts as follows:

For the Fall Semester.........by July 1 preceding the start of the semester

For the Spring Semester......................by November 1 preceding the start of the semester.

OR (for new students) within 30 days of notification of acceptance, whichever is later.

If a request is received later than the latest applicable date, the refund may still be granted if the student a) withdraws to enter military service, or b) the student withdraws due to circumstances beyond their control as certified and approved by the College President or designee.

Note: If you are an EOP student, your ARD and PED deposits are waived.


Set up your Hawkmail account to receive important information about orientation and course registration. Check this email account frequently because all important information will be sent to Hawkmail and not your personal email address.



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Tag @sunynewpaltz and @nporientation and use #NPsocial when you post on social media

Check your Hawkmail account regularly

Check your Hawkmail account regularly for important emails about signing up for orientation. Remember, you will have to complete the online orientation program in order to register for classes.

Orientation is a mandatory experience for ALL new students.

By completing the orientation process you will:

  • Learn important information about becoming a New Paltz student
  • Register for fall classes
  • Sign up for fall housing assignment or get information on commuting to campus

There are separate orientation sessions for transfer students and first-year students.

Math Placement

Freshmen Information About Math Placement

Transfer Information About Math Placement



Upcoming Events

New Students


Transfer Students


Parents & Guardians


All Students & Family Members


Explore the Many Opportunities and Unique Programs New Paltz Offers:


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Additional Resources

Financial Aid

Student Accounts/Parking Permits

Disability Resource Center

Residence Life

Student Engagement and Orientation Programs

Student Health Services

Campus Dining Services

Campus Bookstore

The Children's Center


Questions? We are here for you. The Center for Student Engagement is working remotely, so please email us at orientation@newpaltz.edu or leave a message at 845-257-3088. Thank you and welcome to SUNY New Paltz!



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