New Paltz, NY
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$16,008 ($6,758)
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Reviews 769 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Its an annoying process and the landlords around here can really be a pain, but living off campus is really worth it. Most things in this town are within walking distance, unless you get a place far from the center of town. The prices are a bit high, but I suppose that's the price you pay to live in a college town. You really have to check out the place before you sign a lease. I've seen some awful looking apartments and some beautiful ones.There are a lot of options, even if it doesn't seem that way. Check them out!

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Vegetarian heaven. There are a ton of places to eat in town and they all recognize dietary restrictions like vegetarianism or veganism. There are so many restaurants within walking distance with a wide variety of options.

5 College Senior

Diversity: New Paltz is a very accepting place. Everyone is a little different and there are quite a few who are out of the box, so its not difficult to make friends.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: New Paltz has a bunch of bars, each one with a different atmosphere. I personally gravitate towards the live music events and there are plenty of them.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They do have strict drug and alcohol policies, especially if found in the dorms. Each dorm appears to have their own strictness level when it comes to visitors and noise.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The school has a rather strict policy on marijuana. You can get kicked off campus or out of school if you are found with it twice. It remains to be a very popular drug in the community.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Only recently has it become a problem for me. For most of my college career it has been rather straightforward and the people I have talked to have been very helpful.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are 3 or 4 different kinds of room styles you can choose here. I never ventured out of corridor style and I was pretty happy. I had one roommate each time. Students are given priority to stay in their current rooms, which is nice. If you read the complicated schedule for signing up everything will be fine.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Its very easy to get down to New York City from New Paltz as well as Long Island, where many students are from. There is a Trailways station in town at an easy walking distance from campus. The bus also makes rounds on campus to pick up students from different residence halls so they don't even need to walk to town. They have student discounts too. Trains can be caught in Poughkeepsie, about a 30 minute car ride away.

5 College Senior

Weather: I love the cold an snow, so a longer winter doesn't bother me. As soon as it breaks 50 degrees everyone is hanging out outside. New Paltz as a town and campus is very focused on the outdoors. I have taken a few classes that allow us to go up to the mountains and the streams nearby. That's a unique and awesome experience.

3 College Senior

Academics: There are really great things about our department and there are very difficult things. My schedule and school progress has been severely impacted by the class offerings. You are supposed to stick to a very specific schedule to finish out your pre-requisites and if you stray from it you will have a lot of problems. The biology faculty are very nice and helpful and provide many research opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Weather: summer is beautiful winter sucks

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: upd is annoying but people usually find a way to smoke

College Freshman

Parking: i have no idea i dont have a car but im pretty sure parking isnt a big issue

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: they always help if you need

3 College Freshman

Athletics: theres athletes but its not a huge part of campus life if your not a part of it

4 College Freshman

Majors: the education program is really good

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: theres definitely a good amount of various restaurants and places to eat

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Its very pretty and a good atmosphere

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Its what you make of it

College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different types of people and you can pretty much find any kind of person there

4 College Freshman

Majors: I switched majors from Graphic Design to Engineering two weeks into my second semester. I had been pre-accepted into the Graphic Design major before coming to the school so that was pretty easy. If you don't get pre-accepted you have to take some studio art courses to improve your portfolio and apply again. Changing to engineering was as simple as meeting with a few people, switching classes and getting it typed into the computer. I did have to good explanation why I was switching (it's not everyday and art student becomes an engineer) but I had a good reason and they let me switch.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I switched programs from art to engineer halfway through my freshman year, I'll discuss both:

Art- I couldn't stand the foundation courses. Not only did I have a teacher that knew less than me three years ago and didn't know how to draw. I also had a TON of work to do, the foundation courses think pounding you with work will separate the dedicated with the not so dedicated. I dropped out so they could be right. However my advisor was really sad to see me go (I had been accepted into a pilot program that was pre-accepting Graphic Design majors based on portfolio). He had tried to get me out of half of the foundation courses at the beginning of the year but had failed. The last straw for me was when I got to take Graphic Design my second semester. It wasn't a foundation and was what I wanted to do. It turned out that the class was focusing on the history of graphic design and how to use three adobe products that I was already well versed in. We were making fake brochures, I had already had an internship and several jobs in which I made real brochures and posters and invitations. The class was so pointless it led me to quit. Now I'm an engineering major and I am finally learning something!

Engineering- I just started but I love it, I hear some of the classes are really hard but I love challenges. Intro to engineering is a really easy course that I'm taking now, I really hope all these students are telling the truth about these difficult classes later on. Either way, I plan on transferring my junior year to a school with a larger variety of engineering degrees.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't partake in the illegal stuff too much so I can't speak from experience. It does seem however, that if you are smart with what you are doing you won't get caught. There is currently a one strike policy on marijuana, many students are trying to get the school to change that to two strikes.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: New Paltz is known for being a hippie town, so vegan and vegetarians can find themselves at home in the restaurants in town. I've eaten at a few places and have yet to be disappointed, there are still a lot more that I haven't tried but I have heard good things about.


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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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