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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are a few kinks with the campus and that is because it seems to be forever under construction.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: A lot to do if you can find it. Clubs always have events and something is always happening.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Every student has the chance to be involved on campus.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: 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.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I commute so I haven't spent that much time doing things on campus. But there are plenty of places to do homework or hang out, there are always games, lectures, activities, or special guest on campus.


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One might say that the SUNY New Paltz campus is characterized by its lack of aesthetic harmony. Some NP buildings are Soviet-looking blocks of concrete, vaguely reminiscent of correctional facilities, while others are open, light-filled, and modern. There are also several old campus buildings, like prototypical collegiate edifices Old Main and Old Library, which frame the quad. The Sojourner Truth Library is a bit outdated, architecturally speaking, but it certainly delivers the goods when it comes to students' research. In addition to the thousands of books the library has on its shelves, it works with other New York State public libraries, so you can always get the book you are looking for, even if it comes from Buffalo or New York City. 

There are two recently constructed facilities that greatly enhance New Paltz student life: the Athletic & Wellness Center, and the Student Union Building (SUB). The Athletic & Wellness Center, which opened in 2006 as an addition to the Elting Gym, boasts top-of-the-line workout equipment and an upper-level indoor track with panoramic views. There are also several basketball/volleyball courts and a pool, though they're usually taken over by intramural players and the swim team, respectively. The new atrium of the SUB is a glass pyramid that cost the school $13.4 million to build. Inside, there are touch-screen computers, couches, tables, and several food vendors—students rave about Tokyo Sushi on the second floor! The SUB is also home to the campus bookstore, the New Paltz Oracle (the student newspaper), the Edge (the radio station), frequent poetry slams, and programs like Billiards Night. Those of you who create and perform will be glad to hear that there are two theaters, two art buildings, and a renowned art gallery on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
350 acres
Student Centers
Student Union Building (SUB)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Sojourner Truth Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Old Main Quad
  • Parker Quad
  • Student Union Building (SUB)
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Jazzman's Café
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
SUNY New Paltz maintains its pledge to respect the environment through several "green" initiatives, like the introduction of solar-powered study rooms. The University has also allocated a significant portion of funds to supplying the campus with organic and local food options. In the spring, a small farmers' market is held every Thursday in front of the Lecture Center-weather permitting.
School Slang
  • EOP: Educational Opportunity Program
  • LC: Lecture Center
  • Pledging: Period where fraternities and sororities recruit new members
  • Rush: Period where fraternities and sororities recruit new members
  • SUB: Student Union Building
  • Dorm Competition: In the beginning of the year, everyone has an opportunity to buy a T-shirt that represents their residence hall. Then, they wear these shirts during the dorm competition games that the residents play. Food is provided, as well as music. It is a great way to meet other people and have a good time.
  • Dorm recycling competition: Dorms compete to see who can recycle the most-winners get cool prizes!
  • Unity in Diversity Day: This event celebrates the differences among people through food, spoken word, poetry, artistic endeavors, and theatrical performances.
Urban Legends
  • "The Boo Girl" lived in the basement of Bliss Hall in room number B 00. She committed suicide and still haunts the room!
  • Fresh Dance had a performance where a forbidden phrase from Macbeth was mentioned backstage. Then, there were plenty of injuries throughout the night.
Favorite Things To Do
There's karaoke on Friday nights, where free T-shirts are given out. There are also fashion shows throughout the school year. Various student organizations put on events and educational programs, stress relievers, and more.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The New Paltz Oracle
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are plenty of organizations for everyone, from Absolute Acappella to Zeitgeist Movement. You're bound to find something you are interested in!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • In an episode of the CW television show "Supernatural," brothers Sam and Dean fight off a murderous ghost in New Paltz.
  • The Sojourner Truth Library carries more than half a million books and bound periodicals!

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 64 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 18% Enjoying the view, in the warmth
  • 12% Be involved in organizations
  • 12% Rail trail
  • 12% Bike
  • 11% See guest lecturers
  • 9% Main Street
  • 9% Sleep
  • 6% Participate in campus events for Black Studies
  • 3% Volunteer
  • 3% Participate in LGBTQI rights on campus
  • 2% LIft Weights
  • 2% Spend Time With Friends

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 20 responses

  • 19% Dorm Competition
  • 16% Dorm recycling competition
  • 16% Fashion Shows
  • 12% Lip sync
  • 6% Unity in Diversity Day
  • 6% Banquents
  • 6% Rainbow month
  • 6% Black solidarity day
  • 6% Blue and orange weekend
  • 3% A cappella shows
  • 3% Chests For Breasts

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 33 responses

  • 36% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 52% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 9% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 3% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 65 responses

  • 28% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 9% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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