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Located 80 miles north of New York City and 70 miles south of Albany, the State University of New York at New Paltz has a lot to offer its students. With a student population of 7,800 the four-year public university offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees.

Overview of State University of New York at New Paltz

SUNY - New Paltz is part of the State University of New York school network, which offers dozens of degree programs and has a highly educated and well-regarded teaching staff. New Paltz is a village with plenty of small shops, farm-to-table restaurants, a thriving music scene, and all the trappings that a small tourist town provides. Couple that with being in close proximity of one of the largest and most thriving cities in the world, and New Paltz students can enjoy a college experience unlike any other.

General Information

School Type 4-year, Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 77%
Year Founded 1828

Student Enrollment

Total Students7,757


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,519
Female 4,561

Graduate Student

Male 352
Female 637

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Male 5,364
Female 9,061


Male 2,146
Female 4,349

Acceptance Rate45%

Male 40%
Female 48%

Enrollment 1,104

Male 343
Female 761
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank N/A
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) N/A
Application Deadline April 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Tuition for in-state students attending SUNY - New Paltz is $8,700, while out-of-state students pay around $18,000 a year. For those who opt to live on campus, the total to attend increases to $26,000 for in-state students and $36,000 for out-of-state students. The majority of students receive financial aid, with Pell Grants and student loans being the main sources of financial aid. Scholarships and other forms of grants are also available, and students can receive assistance in finding all the scholarships and grants that may be available to them. The school offers some programs, but students should also look into local opportunities as well.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $15,496
Average Total Aid $9,448
Students Receiving Financial Aid 82%
Room & Board $13,928

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $8,502
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $18,412
  • Books and Supplies - $1,500
  • Room & Board - $13,928
  • Other - $2,300


SUNY - New Paltz offers its students a 16 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, which isn’t low but also isn’t high. This gives students plenty of opportunities to interact with each other as well as the instructor during class time. Incoming freshmen return for their second year of college at a rate of 77% for full-time students and 100% for part-time students: a high retention rate. This means that students will have the opportunity to forge long-term relationship with many of their peers. Additionally, 77% of students enrolled at SUNY - New Paltz graduate, while only 17% of students transfer to other schools. This is a great statistic that bodes well for students looking to attend this school. The amount of time students take to graduate is roughly six years on average, but some do manage to complete their degrees in four years, while others take eight.

Student Population Total

Student Population 7,757

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 273 Total Graduates / 15%
Accounting 67 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 59 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 52 Graduates
Business/Commerce, General 47 Graduates
All Social Sciences Majors 241 Total Graduates / 13%
Sociology 107 Graduates
International Relations and Affairs 38 Graduates
Economics, General 30 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 29 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 215 Total Graduates / 12%
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 100 Graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 98 Graduates
Journalism 17 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 191 Total Graduates / 11%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 52 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts, General 43 Graduates
Graphic Design 27 Graduates
Music, General 25 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 176 Total Graduates / 10%
Psychology, General 176 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 39%

Outcome & Salary

The majority of students who stay the entire four to eight years graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Roughly 17% of SUNY - New Paltz students transfer to other schools, but many that do this also graduate within eight years. Students who received Pell grants and aid other than student loans had a greater graduation rate than students who did not use Pell grants or scholarships. With a high retention rate, coupled with a high graduation rate and low transfer rate, this seems to indicate that students who attend SUNY New Paltz enjoy their experience and go on to rewarding careers.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,900
College Grads Average Salary $63,324
College Grads Mid Career Salary $91,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $633,240
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,549,240
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $61,984
10 Year Projected ROI $571,256
20 Year Projected ROI $1,487,256
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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