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State University of New York at New Paltz

The SUNY New Paltz campus sits midway between New York City and Albany, in the Hudson River Valley, and most of its roughly 6,500 students are New York residents. Admissions are competitive, since New Paltz receives more than 14,000 applications and only accepts about 1,500. Six schools within the university offer over 100 undergraduate programs and more than 50 graduate programs. The top undergrad programs include psychology, early childhood education, visual arts, sociology, and English. Popular graduate programs include literacy education, communication disorders, English, and music therapy. The university also offers a 3D printing initiative at the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, which allows students and faculty to work with regional businesses on 3D product development projects. New Paltz has also made notable efforts to upgrade its services for veterans, offering the Veteran, Military, and Dependent Mentoring Program to help student veterans and family members make the transition to campus life. Campus residence halls are all co-ed and include a selection of specialized living-learning communities, such as groups focused on leadership, health and wellness, service learning, and career exploration. Athletics and Greek life are both present at SUNY New Paltz, but neither dominates student life. New Paltz, thought of as a hippie town, features cozy coffee shops and used book stores.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$25,300
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,500
Average price for low-income students
$9,410
admissions
Acceptance rate
44%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
6,616
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
60%
% of need met
58%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$3,653
student success
Graduation rate
72%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$18,750
Average salary within 3 years
$46,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
37%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
May 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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