The mission of the College’s student affairs division is to “promote the overall growth of the individual.” To this end, the division has five learning outcomes: 1) intrapersonal and interpersonal development, 2) social responsibility, 3) life competencies, 4) cognitive skills, and 5) diversity and inclusiveness. The student affairs office staff act as ombudspersons for community problems and conflicts, and as catalysts for educational programs to enhance the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of students.
The division’s departments work collaboratively to enhance the formal curricula through the creation of a learning environment where knowledge, tolerance, and social concern are basic values. The division also sponsors programs and services which facilitate student development, responsible citizenship, and positive contributions to the global community. The division includes:
Student Health Services: The Health Center provides non-emergency primary medical care with an emphasis on preventative health care.
Psychological Counseling Center (PCC): The PCC provides preventative and clinical services to the campus community with the goal to enhance students’ ability to succeed academically and participate fully in the college experience. Reflecting nationwide trends, the utilization of psychological counseling services has increased dramatically in recent years and the demands for services are high relative to the number of staff in this department.
University Police Department: New Paltz is a safe and low-crime community. The University Police Department works closely with the local New Paltz town police to ensure a safe and secure environment.
Center of Student Development: The Center is dedicated to fostering student success and a sense of belonging for all students and families. It aims to provide a positive transitional experience; maximize the retention and success of students; offer opportunities for leadership and social development; serve as a primary link to campus for family members; and foster a campus environment that promotes healthy and responsible decision making. The Center oversees first-year orientation, parent and family weekend, and other programming targeted towards first-year students.
Judicial Affairs: When college policy is violated, the Dean of Students, the Vice President of Student Affairs, and various judicial bodies oversee a judicial process that is designed to meet essential standards of reasonableness and fairness.
Student Activities and Union Services: This department approves student events, supports student clubs, oversees fraternity and sorority life, manages a leadership development program, and runs the Student Union. The College offers 800 leadership opportunities for students through more than 200 recognized clubs and organizations.
Career Resource Center (CRC): The CRC assists students with exploring, formulating, and implementing career plans; securing pre-graduation experiences (internships, summer jobs and volunteer positions); and determining and identifying post-graduation options. The CRC promotes and supports effective professional relationships between the college community and employers.
Residential Life: Nearly half of New Paltz’s students live in the 14 residence halls on campus. Students live in a combination of corridor and suite-style housing, as well as special interest group housing. There are multiple living-learning communities, including groups focused on: sustainability, LGBTQA+, Asian studies, and romance languages, as well as programs for first-year students centered around leadership, health and wellness, service learning, and career exploration.
Campus Media Program: This program is overseen by a staff advisor and encompasses The Oracle (the student newspaper), the radio station, and the television station.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): EOP provides academic and financial support to New York State residents with a high school diploma or its equivalent, and who face academic and financial challenges to college success but have the academic potential to earn a college degree. It provides diagnostic testing; tutoring services, personal, academic, and career counseling; and pre-first-year summer programs. The New Paltz EOP is the second largest
program of its kind in the SUNY system, serving approximately 600 students. New Paltz EOP students have first-year retention rates higher than the overall student body and graduate at rates above national averages for all students, at public or private institutions.
Athletics: The New Paltz Hawks are a Division III athletic program with six men’s and nine women’s varsity sports. The program has won 30 conference championships and one national championships. The Athletic and Wellness Center also supports an array of club and intramural sports, several fitness centers, group exercise classes, an indoor track, racquetball courts, an indoor pool and outdoor pursuits such as skiing and hiking.
Student Association: The Student Association is the official student government that represents and advocates for students, and oversees all of the recognized student organizations. It is completely student run by 30 New Paltz students and is funded by the Student Activity Fee charged to all students.
Disability Resource Center: The Disability Resource Center provides services to students with permanent or temporary disabilities to ensure access to programs and activities in the pursuit of attaining their educational objectives. The philosophy of this office is to encourage independence, to assist students in realizing their academic potential, and to ensure recognition of their abilities – not disabilities – as they become active participants in a diverse and global society.