New Paltz, NY
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$16,008 ($6,758)
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Reviews 814 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything from bar food to Indian food to Turkish food is within walking distance of campus. I've been at New Paltz for 3 years and still haven't tried all the restaurants in town. Just DON'T go to China House.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Honestly, competitive sports aren't that popular here. Not many students go to games. However, club sports are very popular, and students here are generally very health conscious.

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4 College Senior

Academics: I can't speak for other majors, but my academic experience has been great for the amount I'm paying. I have had great professors and plenty of experience meeting professionals in the field.

5 College Senior

Academics: I honestly think New Paltz has one of the best International Relations programs of state schools around the US, especially for it's small size. My professors are extremely knowledgeable. Last year I took the United Nations Semester course, which was a six credit class that involved weekly trips to the United Nations for briefings with UN diplomats and civil servants. I have studied abroad twice for a fraction of the cost I would pay at a private school. This upcoming semester I'll be participating in the Global Engagement Program, in which I take classes in NYC while also interning full time at an NGO in the city.

One negative in my opinion is that languages aren't part of the major, which makes me less competitive in the job search and for graduate school. In addition, a lot of students aren't really passionate about IR as a field, and only choose the major because they "like to travel". For the most part though, I love the program.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Library hours and dining hours aren't great, but we have a beautiful gym, really good theatrical productions, and enough computer labs and study spaces to reasonably get by.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is very nice here. A lot of hipsters, but for the most part we're all average students who just want friends, a reasonably priced college experience, and a job after we graduate.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Campus food is what you'd expect campus food to be. It's no different from any of the other SUNY schools, and we have the same provider as most schools around the country (Sodexo). However there are a lot of organic/vegetarian options through agreements with local businesses. We have a small vegan section in the dining hall, and every on campus venue has options specifically for vegetarians. One downside is that the hours of operation for food venues aren't flexible. The only place open after 10 is Oscar's, and the only place open after 12 is the giant, overpriced vending machine on campus that doesn't accept dining dollars.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Generally campus housing is fine. Dormitories are about the quality of the average university. However the school is in the process of renovating many residence halls, and these buildings have a lot of perks. In addition, our RHSA, Hall Government, and NRHH organizations are very active and make on campus living more interactive. Otherwise, residence life is average.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The school has a very strict two-strike marijuana policy which many students, including myself, disagree with. If you're found in possession of any harder drugs, it's immediate expulsion. On the other hand, underage drinking policy is fairly lenient. It is a two-strike policy like with marijuana, but if a student is blacked out, UPD usually tries to keep them safe rather than "catch" them.

4 College Senior

Diversity: SUNY New Paltz is lacking in black, latino, and international students, and the vast majority of students are from New York State (because we're state school obviously). However I will say that New Paltz is extremely diverse in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, and socio-economic status. When there is a racial incident or otherwise on campus, it typically begins a campus-wide discussion that most students engage in informally.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in the town of New Paltz is very expensive as a student, but if you have a car you can live in nearby Poughkeepsie or Newburgh. If you do choose to live in New Paltz, it is very easy to find an apartment within walking distance of campus. The problem of course is the price, but for some people it's worth it.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The town of New Paltz is beautiful. Mohonk Mountain is visible anywhere in town, and there is a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and outdoor attractions in the area.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: The main street in town is a 5 minute walk from campus and it's lined with plenty of bars ranging from very cheap to upscale.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a few varieties of food on campus. They are priced reasonably. If you take a short walk of campus into town there are a ton of options. We are located in the Hudson Valley so there is a huge focus on local farms and products. There are many farm to table options and health eating is very easy. There is a higher level of exception of food from the local residents and there for you are able to benefit from that as a student. You don't have to live on classic late night junk food but of course that is still an option too.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New paltz is a hippy town. If you're in to that than you'll love it. Also if you're in to hiking and being out doors there are a lot of great options

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love new paltz. I didn't think I'd end up at a suny school but I happy I did I'm having the time of my life here

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: New paltz has a decent amount of ethnic diversity the problem is there is no diversity of opinions it's a very libral campus

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall is the worst the food get old so fast and leaves you feeling gross. Also on weekends the dining hall doesn't even open till 11 which sucks if you're an early riser

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in gage which is the athletic dorm although I am not an athlete nor are any if my friends that live there. Gage is great but it's known for being the party dorm. This means the bathrooms are always gross with throw up on the weekends and it's loud but the rules are never In forced

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: At new paltz there's a few frats and a few sororities but no one really cares if you're in them.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The work load at new paltz isn't too bad depending on your major. the registration process though can be hell. You get in to classes based on you how many credits you have which works well in theory but if you're a semester a head it can end up screwing you over

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I love new paltz. But it's not the school to be a math major in. Some of the math professors are not good, but because the department is so small you have no choice but to take them.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The town of new paltz is home to lots of great restaurants. Just by walking five minutes off campus your have all kinds of food at you're finger tips from vegan pasta at Rock da Pasta to late night pizza at Fat Bobs thers always good food to eat

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students of suny newpaltz are average looking. The athletic girls tend to be clicky but if you steer clear of them you'll meet some wonderful girls. The guys are all fun and friendly but finding a hot guy can be difficult because most of the students are hippies

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They are strict on the things that need to be strict on. Like any school most things go unnoticed.


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Samuel Borenzweig
New York City
Grad Year
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Most students love going to school at New Paltz. They love the professors, their fellow students, the town and local atmosphere, and the close proximity to Hudson Valley nature. SUNY New Paltz isn't so big that students are in huge classes where they feel like numbers, and it's not so small that kids get stir crazy or catty.

One of the coolest things about New Paltz is the diversity. There are tons of different kinds of people from really different backgrounds—whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, hipsters from the city, bros from Long Island, stoners, workaholics—everyone lives and interacts harmoniously. You can basically do whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as you stay on top of your schoolwork. If you want to learn and contribute to a cultural and educational hub of the Hudson Valley, you will love New Paltz.

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