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

5 College Junior

Academics: I had no complaints with my college. I loved the professors and with taking 60+ credits in two years I only had two professors who I strongly disliked or had problems with. The rest I strongly connected with and learned a lot from. It was definitely great, especially with such a big transition from high school to college. I had many of classes to choose from, and registration was always quick and easy. The work load was typical for a college. We had peer tutors who were always available if people needed help in a certain 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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Full-Time Retention Rate
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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 39 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 41 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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