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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: A lot of clubs accepting everyone. I haven't experience any bad experiences or demeaning slurs.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: New Paltz is EXTREMELY diverse and very open. It is extremely laid back including the employees, professors, advisors. It has a lot of diverse clubs and affiliations. I enjoy it tremendously.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There seems to be a decline in minorities but other than that it's a diverse campus which leads to an open minded environment.

4 College Senior

Diversity: SUNY New Paltz is lacking in black, latino, and international students, and the vast majority of students are from New York State (because we're state school obviously). However I will say that New Paltz is extremely diverse in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, and socio-economic status. When there is a racial incident or otherwise on campus, it typically begins a campus-wide discussion that most students engage in informally.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: New paltz has a decent amount of ethnic diversity the problem is there is no diversity of opinions it's a very libral campus

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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 15 responses

  • 93% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 7% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 53 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 47% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 53 responses

  • 23% Progressive/very liberal
  • 58% Liberal
  • 6% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 53 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 53 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 15 responses

  • 80% No
  • 7% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 7% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 7% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% Republican
  • 29% Democratic
  • 7% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 57% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 14 responses

  • 71% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 7% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 14% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 7% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 80% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 20% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 13% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 40% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 40% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 53 responses

  • 70% Very accepting.
  • 26% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.


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