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!  

Transfer Students

❶ 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. 

*All information regarding Financial Aid and Academic Advising will be sent to your New Paltz email address only. Please ensure that you check it regularly. Email regarding orientation or the Summer Bridge Program (EOP students) and finalizing your admission process will continue to be sent to your personal email address.

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

❷ 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: this tab only appears after a deposit and orientation fee has been paid.) 

2023 Orientation Dates

Session 1: Thursday, May 11
Session 2: Friday, June 23
Session 3: Tuesday, June 27
Session 4: Tuesday, July 25
Session 5: Thursday, July 27

  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 an informative schedule of its own. Keep an eye out for an email with instructions after you complete your student sign-up for Orientation. You can also visit www.newpaltz.edu/orientation for additional details

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.  

 Course Registration 

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

 Course Registration will take place at your in-person orientation session. Be sure to submit your latest transcripts prior to orientation and bring a hard copy with you to ensure proper course placement and selection.   

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. Within 24 hours of paying your deposit, you will receive an email letting you know you have been added to the course. The course will help prepare you for academic advising and class registration. Go to www.newpaltz.edu/brightspace and login with your New Paltz username and password (same login as your New Paltz email). 

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

❹ 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

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

Access will be available beginning:  

Fall Students: April 1 
Spring Students: Nov 1  

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

❺ 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. 

❻ 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 my.newpaltz.edu (Required)

  Complete the Student Health Report (Recommended) 

Submit your Student Health Report by:

Fax: 845-257-3415
Email: healthservice@newpaltz.edu
Mail: Student Health Service, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561
Bring it with you to Orientation

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

❽ Initiate Your Campus Housing Process (if applicable)

  Pay your Advance Room Deposit on the Admission Status Portal. 

  Submit a Residence Hall License on my.newpaltz.eduTransfer students who have paid a room deposit will receive an email with instructions for submitting the license. It will be sent to your New Paltz email address on June 1st. 

  Submit a Roommate Matching Survey on my.newpaltz.eduYou will receive instructions for submitting the Roommate Matching Survey on July 5thThe Roommate Matching Survey must be completed by July 25th. 


PLEASE NOTE: The first 100 transfer students who pay the Advance Room Deposit will be guaranteed housing and can follow the above procedure. 

  • All other transfer students who wish to live on campus will be placed on a waitlist and will not be guaranteed housing. 
  • Students can request to be placed on the waitlist by emailing the Residence Life Office at reslife@newpaltz.edu. 

❽ 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. 

❾ 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. 

❿ 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...