SUNY New Paltz Summary

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Basic Statistics

New Paltz, NY
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
40 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The Career Resource Center
  • The plethora of student organizations
  • Smart, interesting students
  • The fashion shows

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Allergies: the one downside of spring in the Hudson Valley
  • Industrial architecture
  • Cold, snowy days during the winter
  • Parking

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

SUNY New Paltz Student Reviews

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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.


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