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State University of New York at New Paltz

New Paltz, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate46%
Acceptance Rate46%

SUNY New Paltz Admissions

If you are applying to SUNY New Paltz, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is April 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

SUNY New Paltz Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of SUNY New Paltz's admissions stats.

SUNY New Paltz 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist Yes

State University of New York at New Paltz Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for State University of New York at New Paltz.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15
Regular Decision Yes April 1 ––

Want to Apply Early to SUNY New Paltz?

State University of New York at New Paltz may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with SUNY New Paltz directly for more information about early applications.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. SUNY New Paltz will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on State University of New York at New Paltz Admissions

How To Get Into State University of New York at New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz is a very difficult school to get into. SUNY New Paltz evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, SUNY New Paltz accepted 46% of all applicants, approximately 5,759 of the 12,482 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like SUNY New Paltz, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to State University of New York at New Paltz

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to SUNY New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into SUNY New Paltz?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at SUNY New Paltz

Wondering what factors are considered by SUNY New Paltz during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with SUNY New Paltz for more information on admission factors.

SUNY New Paltz 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to SUNY New Paltz, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with SUNY New Paltz's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements portfolio for art program, audition for music and theater programs
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY New Paltz?

Students admitted to SUNY New Paltz have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At SUNY New Paltz 25% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 62% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At State University of New York at New Paltz, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 28.95%
3.75 and 3.99 16.86%
3.50 and 3.74 27.36%
3.25 and 3.49 12.53%
3.00 and 3.24 8.12%
2.50 and 2.9 4.5%
2.00 and 2.49 1.59%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to SUNY New Paltz directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

SUNY New Paltz looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

SUNY New Paltz is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 18% of SUNY New Paltz's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for SUNY New Paltz?

To be competitive with other SUNY New Paltz applicants, you should strive to earn between 1160 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SUNY New Paltz 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY New Paltz students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY New Paltz students scored 668 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for SUNY New Paltz?

To be most competitive at SUNY New Paltz, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY New Paltz's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY New Paltz students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to State University of New York at New Paltz

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to SUNY New Paltz.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is May 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in SUNY New Paltz during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

SUNY New Paltz Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SUNY New Paltz?

❌ Students who are admitted to SUNY New Paltz must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does SUNY New Paltz accept transfer credits?

✅ SUNY New Paltz accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. SUNY New Paltz accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does SUNY New Paltz accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ SUNY New Paltz accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SUNY New Paltz?

✅ SUNY New Paltz is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is SUNY New Paltz's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for SUNY New Paltz is 46%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SUNY New Paltz?

🟨 SUNY New Paltz may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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SUNY New Paltz Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into SUNY New Paltz? SUNY New Paltz is a very selective institution. The SUNY New Paltz acceptance rate is 46%. This means that the institution accepts 46 out of every 100 applicants.


SUNY New Paltz Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 1

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY New Paltz is Apr 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SUNY New Paltz is May 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SUNY New Paltz ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


24 to 30


24 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SUNY New Paltz is 26. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into SUNY New Paltz. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SUNY New Paltz SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1300


Math SAT Range

570 - 650


Reading SAT Range

580 - 668

SUNY New Paltz GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY New Paltz, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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