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

College Freshman

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

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I always receive emails from the school about a talk about diversity coming up. Apparently some racist or prejudicial things happen on campus. I have never witnessed it and think that my friends are a range or religions and ethnicities, we all get along just fine.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not a lot of african americans, there are a good amount of asians. Many people here are gay/lesbians but its totally accepted. It's a very friendly environment.

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4 College Student

Diversity: I have friends from all walks of life.


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  • 45th
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  • 159th
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  • 1350th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samuel Borenzweig
New York City
Grad Year
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While SUNY New Paltz is, statistically speaking, comprised mostly of white females, the school prides itself in its diverse and open-minded student body. After all, it is from this diversity that the University's intellectual and cultural richness stems.

There's a place (and, likely, an organization) for every student, regardless of his or her ethnicity, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Most of the students and faculty seem to be liberal, but diverging political beliefs are welcomed, not shunned, as they only serve to enhance discussion.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 21%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Most students at NP would agree with the beloved luminary Lady Gaga: "No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life"-we're all on the right track, baby. But in all seriousness, straight students are generally very accepting and supportive of students who don't identify as straight. Organizations like the Queer Action Coalition (QAC) are not only present but active on campus. Plus, QAC hosts an annual drag ball that's guaranteed to be a blast.
Political Activity
Most of the student body is progressive, and many students are socially and politically active. Demonstrations are frequent on and around campus; in the past, there have been organized trips up to Albany to protest state-wide issues like budget cuts.
Economic Status
As one of the most affordable SUNY schools, most students come from modest economic backgrounds. Some are the first in their families to attend college. Other students are comfortably middle class. No one really cares about how much money you have, and the few students who do come from money don't drive fancy cars or rock ostentatious gear.
Most Common Religions
As a state school, religion is not really present on or around campus. There are some exceptions: on Ash Wednesday, many students walk around with crosses of ash on their foreheads. There are also a few practicing Muslims who wear hijabs. But for the most part, nobody knows or cares about others' religious beliefs (unless you're discussing them in a history, anthropology, or philosophy class).
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are tons of minority clubs on campus, some of the biggest including the Black Student Union and the Asian Student Association.
Did You Know?
There's a 3-to-1 female-to-male ratio.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 51 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 14% Moderate
  • 49% Liberal
  • 14% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 50 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 8% Not sure
  • 56% Liberal
  • 24% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 50 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 49 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 51 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 27% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 69% Very accepting.


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