Universities in New York

SUNY New Paltz


University Information

Location: New Paltz, New York
Founded: 1828
Undergraduate Students: 6 500
Campus Type: Suburban
Institution Type: Public state university 
Website: www.newpaltz.edu

About the University

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 and encourages and supports active participation in scholarly and artistic activity. SUNY New Paltz is an active contributor to the schools, community institutions and economic/cultural life of our region. We are selective in admitting students who show promise of thriving in a learning environment which is challenging, student-centered, and personalized. Our goal is for students to gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to contribute as productive members of their communities and professions and active citizens in a democratic nation and a global society.

We are the only residential public university in the mid-Hudson region. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences which serve as a core for professional programs in the fine and performing arts, education, health care, business, and engineering. Our location in the scenic Hudson Valley midway between the State Capital of Albany and metropolitan New York City provides unique opportunities for enriching our academic programs. We are a diverse faculty of distinguished scholars and artists who collaborate across the disciplines and professional areas to inspire our students to a love of learning, a meaningful engagement with the life of the mind, and an involvement in public service.

Campus-wide Goals We strive to carry out the above philosophy across the campus through:

  • Faculty engagement in innovative pedagogy across all disciplines;
  • Faculty-student collaboration in research, performance, scholarship, exhibitions and presentations, internships and fieldwork, community service, and international studies and practica;
  • Capstone activities through which students can demonstrate expertise in a specialized area;
  • Support for risk-taking and innovation in research and scholarly/creative activity;
  • Writing intensive courses and seminars;
  • Educational and clinical centers that provide professional development and services to the region;
  • Library and information technology resources which support the curriculum, independent study, research, and information literacy;
  • Lectures, conferences, concerts, gallery shows, theatrical performances (as the largest cultural institution in the Hudson Valley), and other opportunities for life-long learning;
  • Leadership opportunities for students in campus and community organizations and college governance;
  • A well-rounded program in residence life to support student social, emotional, recreational, and academic needs.

Excerpt from SUNY New Platz’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

SUNY New Paltz requires full-time students to have health insurance; this is further explained on the Student Accounts website. This site explains that students with 12 credits are billed for the College’s health insurance plan, offered through United Health Care. Students may waive this policy only by completing a waiver form and submitting it to the Student Accounts Office. Students doing so must have another form of health insurance.

Cost: $1,600.00 per semseter

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students.  If you are interested in living on-campus, please contact Housing and Dining Programs by filling out this form.

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.

There are three residence life complexes on the New Paltz campus: Parker Complex, Hasbrouck Complex and South Complex.

Cost: $5,550.00 per semester* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan.

Off-campus Housing: SUNY New Paltz does not work with or endorse any specific company or landlord, but you can check to see if there are any openings available at these places:

  • Ridge Apartments: These are probably more expensive than the rest because they are newer, and they are right across the street from the middle of campus.
  • Southside Apts: A two-to-eight minute walk to the middle of campus, depending what part of the complex the apartment is located (it’s huge and it’s almost like living on campus as it’s all students). Call 845-255-7205.
  • Paltz Commons: An eight-minute walk from the north end of campus. Call 845-389-3321 or email paltzcommons@aol.com.
  • Three Prospect: An eight-minute walk from the north end of campus. Call 845-255-8721.
  • Windsor Court Apartments: Right across the street from Southside Apartments.
  • Village Arms Condominiums: A 12-minute walk from the north end of campus. Call 845-255-9102.
  • New Paltz Gardens: A 15-minute walk from the north end of campus.
  • Turtle Rock Apartments: A 15-minute walk from the north end of campus.
  • Bella Terra Apartments: Fifteen minutes from the south end of campus. Call 845-256-1119.
  • Off Campus Student Housing Co.: A 15-minute walk from the north end of campus. Call 845-255-3717.
  • Meadowbrook Farm: A 25-minute walk from the north end of campus. Call 845-255-5305.
  • Mulberry Square Apartments: A 30-minute walk from the north end of campus. Call 845-255-5047.
  • Pencil Hill Apartments: Call 845-32-4113.
  • SUNY New Paltz Off-Campus Housing Bulletin Board: Landlords post openings here. Students that already have apartments and are looking for roommates post here as well. If none of the current postings interest you, post on this board letting people know you’re looking for a place. A landlord or student who has a sudden opening later may contact you.
  • New Paltz Times: See Rentals section.
  • Hudson Valley Craigslist: See Housing section.

Students on exchange have their tuition waived but are required to pay campus fees of $350.00 per semester.

The average budget per month is: $100 – $1,800

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $10,100.00 per semester.