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State University of New York at New Paltz Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 492 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

65% Women
35% Men


NCAA Division III (without football)

State University of New York Ath Conf

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $45,556)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $46,949)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 32 - Yes -
Basketball 12 13 Yes Yes
Field Hockey - 20 - Yes
Lacrosse - 21 Yes -
Soccer 27 24 Yes Yes
Softball - 15 - Yes
Swimming 19 23 - -
Tennis - 10 - Yes
Track and Field, X-Country 10 17 - Yes
Volleyball 15 16 Yes Yes
Badminton - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Dance - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.7%
Hispanic 8.1%
Non-resident alien 6.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 19.5%
Two or more races 1.9%
White/non-Hispanic 57.2%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 47
Liquor Law Violation 6
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 2
Property Crime 13

Notable Alumni

  • Aida Turturro, actress ("The Sopranos")
  • Andrea Peyser, New York Post columnist
  • Christopher Manson, children's book author/illustrator
  • James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks
  • Jason West, mayor of New Paltz
  • John Turturro, actor
  • Michael Gladis, actor ("Mad Men")
  • Zach Zarba, NBA referee
  • Scott Cohen, actor ("Gilmore Girls")
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Taylor
  • 2
  • The campus is extremely overcrowded. Most dorms house 3 students when they can hardly contain 2. The dorms are old and quite dirty as well, and I have heard rumors…

  • Sep-27-2012 Read More
  • Lana from Brooklyn, NY
  • 2
  • If you enjoy cooking and living in a unsupervised environment, dorm life is not ideal. However, living on campus can be a safe and comfortable experience.…

  • May-22-2012 Read More
  • 123456
  • 3
  • Dorms are decent but some RAs are too strict while others are super lenient. …

  • May-22-2012 Read More
  • Kelsey
  • 2
  • dorms are alright, not the worst i've seen, but they are fairly dirty, even after they've been cleaned. god help you if you live in a triple. not only is…

  • Feb-08-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 2
  • New Paltz, NY
  • Dec-02-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is good but could improve. Local movements such as the real food movement are being made to incorporate organic foods and vegan meals especially. Dining options are limited, as with hours of operation. Most foods are overpriced. There is a farmers market student run by Students for Sustainable Agriculture every Thursday which brings local farms, artists and bakers to sell commodities and food to students, probably the highlight of the week. There are small coffee shops in academic buildings.

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  • 3
  • Jeremy from New York, NY
  • Nov-16-2014 I am a current student here

    The food in the dining hall is not the best, but the food outside campus and in the town of New Paltz is amazing! There is a wide variety of restaurants to eat from all in a very convenient proximity. If you're in the mood for some Asian food, then stop by Asian Fusion or China House and pick yourself up some dumplings or sushi. If you want Spanish food, visit Taco Shack or Pasquales. Indian? African? American? They've got stores for those too! It is a very nice town with a lot to choose from. You will never get tired of the food in town.

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  • 3
  • Tiffany from Mount Sinai, NY
  • Oct-27-2014 I am a current student here

    There is not as much variety with the food at Has. It would get repetitive after a week or so. They try to have themed food events ever so often. There are more food options at the student union building where you could get sushi or pizza. There is also a Starbucks there. I heard that the dorm that is currently being built will have a dinning hall attached to it.

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  • 3
  • Jay T
  • Mar-17-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is not the best on campus but there are a lot of great restaurants in town that offer delicious alternatives.

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  • 5
  • Kaitlyn from Pleasant Valley, NY
  • Mar-15-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining hall food is great with a vegan, pizza, burger, salad, fruit, ice cream, and pasta station and a grill. We also have a bakery and there and another dining establishment right downstairs. New Paltz has a food court with sushi, burgers, Mexican food, pizza, and a salad bar. We also have two Starbucks on campus and one fine dining restaurant. We also have tons of options off campus with numerous pizza places and a gluten free pasta place.

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  • 3
  • Rachel from Kingston, NY
  • May-04-2013 I am a current student here

    Campus food is good, but expensive. There're three main places to get eats: the dining halls in the dorms, the Jazzman's Cafes located in the library and the Jacobson Faculty Tower, and the food court in the Student Union Building. Investigate what appeals most to your tastebudes and your wallet, and spend your Hawk Dollars wisely.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • New Paltz, NY
  • Dec-02-2014 I am a current student here

    Not so popular but does occur. I have friends in it that love it.

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  • 0
  • Jay T
  • Mar-17-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a lot of options for Greek life. You can choose between white, latino, and black organizations.

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  • 0
  • Kaitlyn from Pleasant Valley, NY
  • Mar-15-2014 I am a current student here

    We have quite a few fraternities and sororities on campus. The associations like to organize parties and one fraternity even had a build-a-bear party on campus.

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  • 0
  • D. Gilmore
  • Apr-24-2013 I am a current student here

    Pretty minimal. There are a few frats and sororities but they don't have an noticeably influential hand in campus life for the most part

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  • 0
  • Alyssa from Briarcliff Manor, NY
  • Jan-30-2013 I am a current student here

    The Greek Life at SUNY New Paltz is very scarce. Sororities on campus are far more prevalent than fraternities. Though there are not many involved in the Greek Life, it is a great way to make friends and also do community service as well.

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