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State University of New York at New Paltz

In the proud tradition of SUNY, the State University of New York at New Paltz is committed to providing high quality, affordable education to students from all social and economic backgrounds. We are a faculty and campus community dedicated to the construction of a vibrant intellectual/creative public forum which reflects and celebrates the diversity of our society.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (6)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)



In 1828, the New Paltz Classical School opened its doors on North Front Street, the direct ancestor of the State University of New York at New Paltz. It offered Greek and Latin along with reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1833, it was reorganized into an academy on Huguenot Street and the banks of the Wallkill River. 


Students are prepared to go on to graduate study or to enter their professional field of specialization through developing:

  • Critical thinking, writing, analytical, mathematical, technological, and oral communication skills;
  • In-depth exploration of at least one discipline;
  • Experience using scientific methods and learning technologies appropriately and critically;
  • Knowledge of and participation in the aesthetic experience and the creative process;
  • Greater understanding and appreciation for the histories, races and cultures, religions, languages, and customs of our country and those of other nations;

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Student services

This is your place for campus entertainment, activities, and information on how to get involved in campus life. We approve student events, support student clubs, oversee fraternity and sorority life, manage the Emerging Leaders program, and run the Student Union, the heart of campus life.

Housing services

The college also operated a satellite campus in Olivebridge, New York, consisting of another 400 acres (160 ha). In 2008 it was sold by Campus Auxiliary Services to the Open Space Conservancy;it is now operated as the Ashokan Center.

Medical services

Student Health Service provides non-emergency primary medical care for problems that occur while college is in session. SHS provides care with an emphasis on preventative health care. For routine matters such as scheduling appointments for non-urgent, non- emergency reasons, students need to call during our regular business hours.

Student Life

Campus life

There are 14 residence halls on the New Paltz campus.  This allows students to choose from a variety of living options, including, corridor or suite style, or special interest group housing. All residence halls are coed.  Each residence hall offers a number of student-oriented facilities and services including a laundry room, computer terminals, a main meeting lounge for hall government meetings and activities, and a study lounge.  Additionally, each hall also has at least one television lounge, a kitchenette area, and a microwave for use by all residents of the hall.

Sports facilities

New Paltz held a grand opening ceremony Tuesday, March 28, 2006 to officially open the College's new 57,000-square-foot Athletic & Wellness Center. The Athletic & Wellness Center is connected to Elting Gymnasium. Activity spaces within the Athletic & Wellness Center include two cardiovascular and weight training fitness centers at the west and east ends. The 3,300-square-foot East Fitness Curve contains four Power Lift Combo Racks, a complete Cybex Eagle Circuit, a functional training station and array of cardiovascular machines. The East Curve includes 15 cardiovascular machines, Precor treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise cycles, Cybex Arc Trainers and a SCIFIT upper body ergometer machine.

Student clubs

The student governance is operated by the Student Association, which funds most student activities through a mandatory fee. There are many clubs, fraternities, and sororities. There is also an on-campus government, the Residence Hall Student Association (RHSA).


  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; 
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248; 
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248;
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248;

Student Reviews

Accepting community that is shifting away from the arts in favor of sciences
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The study experience at SUNY New Paltz is perfect for students who are looking for a blend between small town life as well as the opportunity to experience a wide swath of culture. Personally, one thing that stands out to me in particular is the open-mindedness of both students and faculty. There was not a race, religion, or creed who would have felt that they were not...

New Paltz, New York, United States

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