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SUNY at New Paltz


If you want an affordable university with a community feel, then SUNY at New Paltz may be the school for you. The highly selective university boasts a 43.6 percent four-year graduation rate and that figure jumps to 75 percent at six years. SUNY at New Paltz was founded in 1828, so it is rich in tradition and history, but it also has a face to the future with innovative curriculum and resources such as the Sojourner Truth Library and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. There are fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students, and 39.6 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. This university is ranked as #25 of Regional Universities North by the U.S. News and World Reports. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. Besides a challenging academic atmosphere, SUNY at New Paltz has an exciting and diverse athletics program including a school-sponsored golf tournament at Apple Greens Golf Course.

SUNY at New Paltz Accreditation Details

The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The art school is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The music school accreditation is by The National Association of Schools of Music and the theater program by The National Association of Schools of Theater.

Additionally, the following programs within the university are accredited:

  • Business— The Associate to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Professional Education and Teacher Education—The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Graduate program in Music Therapy—The American Music Therapy Association
  • The Chemistry program —The American Chemical Society
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs —The Engineering Accreditation Co0mmission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

SUNY at New Paltz Admission Requirements

Freshmen admitted to the university must have credits in established high school courses as evidenced by an official high school transcript. They must also present the official notification of their SAT or ACT scores. Incoming freshmen must complete the online or paper application form and submit it, along with other supplementary materials including a personal essay and at least one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor. The application deadline is November 15 and the school reminds all applicants that the primary method of communication is by email, so they must have an account and supply their email address.

Graduate students must apply to a major or a program, or they may register as undeclared. They must complete the paper application or apply online and then mail the supplemental materials such as transcripts and letters of recommendation. If you need to take the GRE you will find it offered at approved testing sites. The MAT is offered at the university.

Transfer students must have a GPA of 2.75 or above. If you are a transfer student with less than 45 college credits, you will need to submit your high school transcript as well, along with SAT or ACT official reports. You must apply to a major and fulfill all requirements of the school that houses the major, as well.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The 2015 tuition for SUNY at New Paltz is calculated per semester. Resident undergraduate tuition is $3,235. Non- resident undergraduate tuition is $8,160. Resident graduate school tuition is $5,435 and $11,105 for non-residents. The MBA tuition for residents is $7,205 and it is $12,195 for non-residents. The university also charges room and board, depending upon meal plans, and fees for various items such as parking and technology use.

Most students apply for financial aid to cover some or all of their expense. The federal government offers direct student loans to freshmen and to graduate students. To qualify, students must enroll for a minimum of six credit hours per semester. The loans vary from $5,500 to $7,500 per semester for students who still rely on their parents for some financial support. For independent students the amounts rise to $9,500 to $12,500 per semester. Graduate students can qualify for a maximum of $20,500 a year. The federal government also offers lower-interest Perkins loans to students who can demonstrate extreme financial hardship.

Aside from loans, there are grants and scholarships that do not have to be repaid. If you wish to apply for these, you must fill out a FAFSA form and you will automatically be matched with grants and public scholarships for which you qualify. Grants available to students are: The Pell Grant; The TAP Grant, which is the New York State Tuition Assistance Program; The STEM Grant for students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs; The APTS Grant, which offers state aid for part-time study; and others. In addition to the public scholarships you will find on the FAFSA form, there are university scholarships you can research on the university website and various private and corporate scholarships that you can find out about online.

Student Experience

The university has a diverse student body and offers clubs and organizations to meet most interests and professional goals. Students who review the school online cite the community atmosphere of the school and its friendly personality, along with the accessibility and helpfulness of faculty.

The four most popular majors at New Paltz are education, business, marketing and management. The innovative education department brings K-12 students to the campus for tours and hosts an annual festival called STE(A)MFEST to celebrate the STEM subjects. The popular general business as well as marketing and management degrees are housed in the Business School which is ranked by Business Journals as one of the top 25 in the nation.

If you are looking for the school’s unique offerings, then the annual fashion show, with proceeds benefiting local charities, may be to your liking. There is a campus theater for stage events and concerts, and the school offers varied programs to students in the student union. New Paltz is a community of just over 14,000 people and has restaurants and shops as well as nature activities such as hiking. There are historical sites to explore as well. If you are interested in research, you might consider the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities program that offers grants and mentors to applicants for summer projects. Along with the challenges and opportunities of dormitory living, the university offers several themed housing units. There is a residence hall devoted to those who seek leadership and management opportunities, one for scholarship, and housing for LGBT students, among others. In this diverse atmosphere, you will find activities to enhance your learning experience at SUNY at New Paltz.