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 of Main Street, 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.

SUNY New Paltz is ranked #10 for Top Public Schools in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report 2018-2019. We are also ranked as being a best value college, #14 most affordable colleges in the Northeast, #20 Best Colleges in New York State, and much more. (You can view all of our rankings here)

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.

With over 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. Our students have visited over 120 countries through our extensive study abroad program options.

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 program is AACSB accredited, making it top 5% in the world for MBA programs, and allows for an accelerated one-year option for completion.


7,608 Total Enrollment
6,692 Undergraduate Enrollment
916 Graduate Enrollment
Undergraduate 405, Graduate 87, ESL 20 International Student Enrollment
39% Male
61% Female
15:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
351 Faculty: Full-Time
293 Faculty: Part-Time
60+ Countries Represented
Top 5 China, India, Turkey, Japan, Dominican Republic

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?
Yes! SUNY New Paltz has an accredited, high quality English language program for both degree and non-degree students that was established on campus over 40 years ago. Our ESL program, one of the few in the SUNY system, has been a member of the prestigious Consortium of College and University Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) since 1990. We offer short-term intensive English, as well as English for Academic Purposes through our on-campus Pathway Program. The Pathway Program allows students to be conditionally admitted to undergraduate and graduate programs, matriculating to full-time academic course work upon completion of the highest level of the English program. Support for student success courses are also provided to allows students to have a seamless transition to their 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 ESL coordinator.

Additional ESL features?
Our program offers outstanding cultural activities and field trips, a well-connected conversation partner program with American students, our Community Ambassador Program to connect students with local American families in the community, 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, live off-campus, and our staff can direct them to resources to find housing options.

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

Collaborative Programs

CQUE Dual Diploma Program in Early Childhood Education (China), SUNY-YÖK Turkey Dual Diploma Program (Turkey), PUC-Rio Dual Diploma Program in Business (Brazil) Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (Europe, Egypt, Brazil), and 32 other exchange and visiting programs throughout the world.

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Admission information for all incoming students can be found here.

Financial Aid

SUNY New Paltz is proud to offer the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship for international undergraduate students, awarding a 50% tuition scholarship renewable for all 4 years of study. For more information, click here.

Financial aid is available to graduate students in the form of Graduate/Teaching Assistantships. There is also an MBA scholarship, and an MS Electrical Engineering Fellowship. Admitted MFA students receive an automatic in-state tuition scholarship.

For more information, click here.
All New Paltz students, including international students, are eligible to apply for campus wide merit scholarships after matriculation at New Paltz, or part-time on-campus student jobs.

Student Activities and Campus Life

The New Paltz Student Association and Residence Hall Student Association have over 200 clubs and organizations in which students can participate, as well as over 800 leadership opportunities for students. 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.


Hudson Valley

SUNY New Paltz


Judith Bishop
International Admissions Advisor

Jason Serrano
ESL Advisor

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate freshman and transfer admission:
May 1st for fall admissions
December 1st for spring admissions

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 & Financial Assistance

Non-NYS resident undergraduate: $16,650
Non-NYS resident graduate: $16,992
Non-NYS resident MBA: $24,390
Non-NYS resident MFA: $11,090
ESL tuition fee: $5,150
Mandatory university fees and foreign student health insurance: $2,634
Undergraduate room & board: $13,462

All fees are approximate annual costs for the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 academic year and are subject to change at any time without notice.

Major Areas of Study

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
Arts and Humanities
Arts, Visual, and Performing
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Communication and Journalism
Communications Technologies
Computer and Information Sciences
Counseling and Social Work
Education, Teaching ESL
English Language and Literature
Health and Medicine
Languages, Intensive English as Second Language
Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Math and Statistics
Mental and Social Health Services
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religion
Physical Sciences
Science, Math, and Technology
Social Sciences
Social Sciences


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