Take Flight at SUNY New Paltz



Welcome to SUNY New Paltz! We are excited to welcome you to campus next semester. This new student checklist is meant to help guide you through the process of officially becoming a Hawk!  

First-Year Students

Activate and Access your New Paltz email

  Activate your New Paltz email address. A one-time activation email will be sent to your personal email address within 24 hours of when your deposit is paid.

 After activation, access your college email account one of four ways.

  • Go to outlook.newpaltz.edu
  • Go to newpaltz.edu; click on the Resources on the top right and select Office 365.
  • Log on to my.newpaltz.edu and click Office 365 at the top right.
  • Download the free Microsoft Outlook app on iPhone or Android and follow these instructions to access your email on your mobile device. 

Click here for more information about getting started with your New Paltz email. 

*Your New Paltz email address will be used for all future communication regarding your Take Flight enrollment process. Stay on track and check it regularly!

For questions please contact the IT service desk at servicedesk@newpaltz.edu  or (845) 257-4357. 

 Begin the Academic Advising and Course Registration Process

  Take the New Student Survey. This can be found in the Academic Advising Tab in the Admission Status Portal 

Spring 2024 admits - Survey opens November 1, 2023
Fall 2024 admits - Survey opens April 1, 2024

This will begin the academic advising and course registration process. You will receive an email to your New Paltz email address from the Office of Academic Advising within 1-3 days after completing the survey.  

Please note that advising and registration does not happen at orientation. It takes place VIRTUALLY before coming to campus for orientation.

For questions regarding academic advising please contact advising@newpaltz.edu 

Business Students: Please take the New Student Survey and you will receive an email from the Center of Business Advising (businessadvising@newpaltz.edu) prior to Orientation for advisement and course registration

  Access Brightspace, the digital learning platform for SUNY New Paltz.

As a new student, you will be enrolled in the Take Flight: Information for New Hawks course. When this course become available to you, you will receive an email to your New Paltz email address with access instructions. 

The course will help prepare you for academic advising and class registration.  It should be successfully completed BEFORE the meeting with your advisor.

Go to www.newpaltz.edu/brightspace and login with your New Paltz username and password (same login as your New Paltz email). 

For questions regarding Brightspace please contact brightspace@newpaltz.edu 

 Visit the Disability Resource Center’s website for more information about academic and other accommodations. 


 Sign Up for Orientation 

 Sign up for an in-person orientation date. This can be found on the orientation tab in the Admission Status Portal

Please note that this tab only appears after a deposit and orientation fee have been paid. Deposits and orientation fees can be paid anytime after acceptance. 

Orientation Dates

Spring 2024 admits

Session 1: Tuesday, January 9


Fall 2024 admits

Session 1: Wednesday, June 26 - Thursday, June 27
Session 2: Tuesday, July 2 - Wednesday, July 3
Session 3: Monday, July 8 - Tuesday, July 9
Session 4: Thursday, July 11 - Friday, July 12
Session 5: Tuesday, July 16 - Wednesday, July 17 

Sign-up for fall admits will be available in your Admission Status Portal beginning February 1. 

  Sign up family members for Parent and Family Orientation. Family members can participate in this optional program. It runs concurrent to your orientation and has a fun and informative schedule of its own. Keep an eye out for an email with instructions after you complete your student sign-up for Orientation. You may also visit  www.newpaltz.edu/orientation to learn more about the program. 

For questions regarding Orientation please contact orientation@newpaltz.edu

 Order your Student ID Card  at least one week prior to your orientation date. 

Please note that it will take 2-4 days from when you sign up for orientation before you will be able to create your Student ID account and order your ID card. Thank you for your patience. 

For questions regarding your student ID Card please call (845) 257-3034.  

Take the ALEKS PPL Mathematics Assessment

 Take the ALEKS mathematics assessment to ensure you receive an accurate course placement during course selection. This assessment MUST be taken without the use of a calculator to ensure proper placement. Please complete the assessment prior to your advising meeting. Completion of this placement assessment is especially important for proper course selection within our Business and STEM majors

For more information on the ALEKS Mathematics assessment please visit https://www.newpaltz.edu/math/placement.html 

Access the ALEKS PPL through your my.newpaltz.edu account.

Access will be available beginning:  

Spring 2024 admits - November  1, 2023
Fall 2024 admits - April 1, 2024 

For questions please contact Rachel Lilley at lilleyr@newpaltz.edu 

Submit your Final Transcripts

  Submit your Final Transcripts

Final high school transcripts 

  • All transcripts must be officially sent directly from the high school and are used to demonstrate proof of graduation from high school.

College transcripts and AP, IB and college-level course work earned in high school (if applicable)

  • All college transcripts with final grades must be sent officially from the college
  • All AP, IB, and college courses taken while in high school must be sent officially from the testing agency or college where the courses were taken

Official transcripts may be sent electronically by the high school or college via email to admissions@newpaltz.edu 

Official transcripts may be mailed to:

State University of New York at New Paltz
Office of Undergraduate Admission
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

For questions please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at admissions@newpaltz.edu or (845) 257-3200. 

Submit your Immunization and Health records

 Visit the Student Health Service website for more information on required immunizations for enrollment at SUNY New Paltz. 

 Submit your immunization records on https://newpaltz.medicatconnect.com/ (Required)

Download, complete and submit your Minor Consent Form on https://newpaltz.medicatconnect.com/ (Required for students under the age of 18 at the time of the first day of Orientation or the Summer Bridge Program) 

  Submit the Student Health Report  on https://newpaltz.medicatconnect.com/ (Recommended) 

For questions please contact Student Health Service at (845) 257-3400. 

Initiate Your Campus Housing Process (if applicable)

Spring 2024 admits

  Pay your Advance Room Deposit on the Admission Status Portal. 

  Submit a Residence Hall License on my.newpaltz.edu.  Please email the Office of Residence Life at reslife@newpaltz.edu to express your interest in on-campus housing and request the instructions for submitting the license.

  Submit a Housing Request Survey. In addition to the instructions for submitting the license, the Office of Residence Life will also email you a link to submit the Housing Request Survey. The Residence Hall License must be submitted before the Housing Request Survey.


Fall 2024 admits

Students who plan to live on campus

  Pay your Advance Room Deposit on the Admission Status Portal. 

  Submit a Residence Hall License on my.newpaltz.eduInstructions for submitting the license will be sent to your New Paltz email address on June 1st.  The Residence Hall License must be submitted prior to attending Summer Orientation. 

  Submit a Roommate Matching Survey on my.newpaltz.eduYou will submit the survey during your Summer Orientation.    


Students who wish to live at home and commute to classes

  Submit a request to be permitted to commute from your home as a first-year student.  Please complete the First-Year Student Commuter Application, and have it notarized. The application will be available on the Residence Life website (https://www.newpaltz.edu/reslife) beginning April 1st.

Please note: First-year students who live within 25 miles of the campus are eligible to commute from home.  

 For questions please contact the Office of Residence Life at (845) 257-4444 or reslife@newpaltz.edu

Complete the Financial Aid Process (if applicable)

  View the Financial Aid Checklist

For questions please contact Student Financial Services at fao@newpaltz.edu or (845) 257-3250. 

View and pay your bill in my.newpaltz.edu 

  Your bill will be generated AFTER course registration and can be found on my.newpaltz.edu. You will be notified by email when it is ready to view.  

General information on tuition, fees, payment plans, as well as billing information, can be found by visiting the Student Accounts website

For questions please contact the Office of Student Accounts at stuacct@newpaltz.edu or (845)257-3150. 

 Connect with the Office of Veteran and Military Services  (if applicable)

  Learn more about services and financial support for Veteran and Military Service Members and Dependents

For questions please contact the Office of Veteran & Military Services at ovms@newpaltz.edu or (845)257-6867. 

 Explore our Enrichment Programs

  Make the most out of your SUNY New Paltz Experience. Learn more about some of our Enrichment Programs

  • AC² (AMP & CSTEP Community) provides academic support and professional development opportunities for students from historically underrepresented groups and low-income backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) majors.  Learn More... 

  • The Honors Program provides students who are passionate about their learning an environment that allows them to interact with highly motivated students and faculty from all majors. The program gives students a community as well as a support system to help them feel comfortable to explore their interests. Learn More....

  • Living and Learning Communities at New Paltz are a collection of themed housing options for both first-year and returning students.  Learn More...

  • The Scholars’ Mentorship Program is a networking initiative for high-achieving students of historically underrepresented groups.  It enhances the academic and social experiences of students during their undergraduate years.   Learn more... 

  • ACE (Advancing Completion through Engagement) is a comprehensive academic support program that provides Pell-eligible students with a dedicated ACE advisor from start to finish. ACE is designed to help first-year students complete their degree within four years Learn More…