SUNY New Paltz: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

The State University of New York at New Paltz

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State University of New York at New Paltz is a public university with an acceptance rate of 41%. Founded in 1828, SUNY New Paltz is located in an historic town along the Hudson River, midway between Albany and New York City. SUNY New Paltz is one of the more selective colleges in the State University of New York system. The college has a predominately undergraduate focus, with strong programs in the humanities as well as preprofessional fields including business, communications, journalism, and education. The college has a 15-to-1 student / faculty ratio, a figure that is better than many larger public institutions.

Considering applying to SUNY New Paltz? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, SUNY New Paltz had an acceptance rate of 41%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 41 students were admitted, making New Paltz's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,419
Percent Admitted 41%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT Scores and Requirements

SUNY New Paltz requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 89% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 640
Math 540 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of SUNY New Paltz's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to New Paltz scored between 550 and 640, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 640. On the math sectoin, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 630, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at SUNY New Paltz.

Requirements

SUNY New Paltz does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that New Paltz participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

SUNY New Paltz requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 21% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 27
Math 23 30
Composite 24 29

This admissions data tells us that most of SUNY New Paltz's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to New Paltz received a composite ACT score between 24 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

SUNY College of New Paltz does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, New Paltz superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of SUNY New Paltz's incoming freshmen had average GPAs between 90 and 95. 25% had a GPA above 95 and 25% had a GPA below 90. These results suggest that most successful applicants to SUNY New Paltz have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

SUNY New Paltz Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
SUNY New Paltz Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to SUNY New Paltz. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

SUNY New Paltz, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, New Paltz has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside New Paltz's average range. If SUNY New Paltz is your first choice, note that the school has an Early Action option than can improve your chances of admission and demonstrate your interest in the college.

In the scattergram above, admitted students are represented by the green and blue dots. You can see that the majority had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, an ACT composite score of 21 or higher, and a high school GPA of a "B+" or better. Scores and grades above these lower ranges will significantly improve your chances.

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