New Paltz, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$16,008 ($6,758)
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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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The business school is fantastic, sometimes professors are hard to understand but you have to know who to take. New Paltz has a great art and teaching program as well.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being an engineering major, there are a lot of small classes. You do get the attention from professors because of it.

3 College Student

Academics: Sometimes the teachers don't align themselves with the syllabus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It's great because the teacher are very good at explaining and I learn most of the important things in class.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 571st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 653rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 729th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 852nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 885th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samuel Borenzweig
New York City
Grad Year
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SUNY New Paltz prides itself in providing students with a high-quality liberal arts education. The University has quietly inched its way up national rankings in recent years, a result of record-high application numbers and increasing selectivity. NP students attribute the school’s academic appeal to great professors, many of whom are published authorities in their respective fields. Inevitably, there are a few bad apples, but for the most part, lackluster professors are outshone by their seemingly overqualified counterparts. The best teachers’ classes fill up quickly, a fact attested by the unmistakable chorus of underclassman groans at registration time. Yep, juniors and seniors get priority pickings, but don’t dismay: this is merely a rite of passage! You’ll be eligible for early registration before you know it.

The workload at New Paltz depends largely upon your major and what classes you take. But beware: even the easiest professor will expect you to put time and effort into his or her class. This applies not only to the countless papers and pages of reading you’ll be assigned but also to classroom attendance; missing more than a couple of classes can be a surefire ticket to academic probation! The workload picks up as the semester continues, and one can often gage the time of year by how many kids are in the library and—on a less healthy note—by the extent to which campus ashtrays are overflowing with cigarette butts. By late spring, the library is infested with caffeine-rattled students, so claim your workspace early!

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 37%
  • 20 to 49 students: 60%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine & Performing Arts
  • School of Science & Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Education, Other: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Sociology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
SUNY New Paltz uses two online modalities: asynchronous learning (courses via the Internet) and two-way interactive video.
Best Places to Study
  • A lounge in any hall
  • Sojourner Truth Library
  • SUB 100
Tips to Succeed
  • Establish relationships with your teachers. It will help you out with recommendations; plus, they will be there to guide you if you need help.
  • High school is very different from college; your success depends on you.
  • If you have the option of buying a laptop, then get one. It makes it easier for you to do your work. There is Internet access at many places on campus besides your room.
  • Make sure you keep up with your classes. Go to your classes, too. It is very easy to be absent, but don't do it unless you are really sick. You are paying for every single class, so don't let that money go to waste.
  • Try to figure out ways to adjust to college.
  • You should definitely go to freshman orientation during the summer. It is a great way to make some new friends and get acquainted with the school.
Did You Know?
Small classes make New Paltz a truly unique state school. While some 100-level courses take full advantage of the lecture halls, a significant percentage of NP classes enroll less than 30 students. Most upper-level classes are even smaller, which help create an intimate learning environment and foster engaging discussion. By graduation, it's not uncommon for students to be on a first-name basis with their professors.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 39 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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