SUNY College at New Paltz

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College Profile

Since its founding in 1828, the college has valued its commitment to a challenging liberal education. This tradition is still at the heart of our institution today—as we provide our students with the learning experiences that earn them a degree from one of the top SUNY four year schools and an education that prepares them to succeed in, and contribute to, a complex and global society.

New Paltz is located in one of the most beautiful regions of New York State— the Hudson Valley, with rich cultural, historical, artistic, and natural resources. The Village of New Paltz, a classic “college town,” is within walking distance and its Main Street is vibrant with specialty shops and restaurants that cater to every taste. We pride ourselves on both supporting and contributing to the cultural and intellectual offerings of this magnificent region.

Today, the State University of New York at New Paltz covers 216 acres and includes the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Science & Engineering, the School of Fine & Performing Arts, the School of Education, and the Graduate School.

We are #1 in SUNY college applications and #2 in the top 50 affordable Colleges with a high return on investment. Our students have visited over 120 countries through our study abroad program.

With nearly 100 undergraduate majors to choose from, New Paltz students earn degrees which open doors to lifelong career opportunities. Students can earn a BA, BS, or BFA from our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Fine and Performing Arts, or School of Science and Engineering. We also offer several interdisciplinary minor programs, college-wide honors and departmental honors programs, and pre-professional preparation programs. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Most programs lead to our recommendation for New York State certification.

The Graduate School offers more than 50 exceptional programs in business, education, computer science, engineering, fine arts, music therapy, and the liberal arts for students who have the equivalent of a 4-year baccalaureate degree. The MBA in Public Accountancy program consists of 36 credits of graduate study beyond completion of a BS in Accounting, and is registered with the New York State Education Department as a 150-credit Licensure-Qualifying Program in Public Accountancy.

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 7,628
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,717
  • Graduate enrollment: 911
  • International Student Enrollment: undergraduate 200, graduate 82
  • Male: 38%, Female 62%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 15:1
  • Faculty: Full-Time ­­­­372, Part-Time 302
  • Number of countries represented on campus: 44+
  • Top five countries represented on campus: India, China, Japan, Brazil, Turkey

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?


Yes! New Paltz has an accredited, high quality ESL program for both degree and non-degree students. Our ESL program, one of only three in the SUNY system, has been a member of the prestigious Consortium of College and University Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) since 1990. We offer four levels of instruction in the academic year and three levels in the summer. Our Academic Purposes program allows students to enroll in both academic and ESL courses in order to make a seamless transition to a degree program.
For more information:


Haggerty English Language Pathway Program
1 Hawk Drive, VH 201
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443 USA
Telephone: (845) 257-3595
Fax: (845) 257-3608

Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Yes. We issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status for both academic and language training.

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?

Yes. Conditionally admitted students are required to demonstrate English proficiency through the completion of our ESL program or by testing out. Students who are not required to take ESL courses may be permitted to take a few ESL courses upon consultation with the director of ESL.

Additional ESL features?

Our program offers outstanding cultural activities and field trips, a well-connected conversation partner program with American students, one-on-one mentoring and advising, and exceptional special topics courses.

International Student Housing Options

All international undergraduate, ESL, exchange, and visiting students are eligible for on-campus housing. Graduate students, however, are required to live off campus.


For more information:
Office of Residence Life
Capen Hall
Phone: 845-257-4444


Collaborative programs

Science without Borders (Brazil), Dual-Diploma Program (Turkey), Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (Europe, Egypt, Brazil), 32 other exchange and visiting programs throughout the world.

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students


Visa Information

After obtaining admission to a program and submitting the required financial documentation, all eligible international students are eligible for an I-20. Students enrolled at partner institutions, upon recommendation from their international student office, are eligible for a DS-2019 for J-1 visa status.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Non-NYS resident undergraduate: $8,160
Non-NYS resident graduate: $11,105
Non-NYS resident MBA: $12,195
ESL tuition fee: $5,150

Foreign Health Insurance: $589.50

Other college fees: $652.50


Room rent: $4,240 per semester
Food Service: $2,200

All fees are approximate costs per semester for the Fall 2017 semester and are subject to change at any time without notice.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to graduate students in the form of Graduate/Teaching Assistantships.
Financial aid is not available to international undergraduate students. All New Paltz students, including international students, are eligible to apply for campus wide merit scholarships after matriculation at New Paltz.

Student Activities and Campus Life

The New Paltz Student Association and Residence Hall Student Association have over 100 clubs and organizations in which students can participate. We have an art museum and theatre in the center of campus. Our New Paltz Athletics offers NCAA athletics, club sports, outdoor pursuits, as well as an Athletic and Wellness Center with a fitness room, pool, basketball courts, and several other sports facilities that are available to all registered students.