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2 out of 5
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

Initially, SUNY New Paltz seemed like an appropriate choice for continuing my education. I transferred from a local community college and was looking forward to earning my degree. At the orientation, speakers discussed the variety of classes, student clubs, teachers, the campus, and amenities for commuter students. As a commuter student, it was very important to me that I felt like a part of the school community. Unfortunately, I did not. There was not sufficient parking for the number of commuter students and many of the parking lots were not near class buildings. The commuter lounge consisted of a few worn couches and chairs, which did not make me feel very appreciated as a student. All of the student clubs held meetings that began at 7:00 or later, which made for a very long day for commuter students who wanted to join a club. I began my education at New Paltz as an astronomy major, but decided to change my major. Many of the math and science teachers at New Paltz had thick accents that were difficult to understand. They were very intelligent and knew what they were teaching, but could not convey the information well. Personally, I found the best part of the school to be the professors of the history department. The professors whose classes I took were wonderfully educated, helpful, and enjoyed when students asked questions. They were also helpful during their office hours and really seemed to care how students were doing in their classes. The campus was well-kept and offered areas for students to lounge or study outside. The library was quite large and participated in an inter-library loan program, which was helpful for research purposes. One issue was the amount of construction taking place. Sometimes the noise was disruptive during classes and the machinery was parked in valuable commuter parking spots. Fortunately, construction is temporary. Overall, I would not recommend SUNY New Paltz to students who want to study math or science, but would suggest it to those who want to study history. I enjoyed my history classes and do feel that my history education was beneficial to my career path.

4 out of 5
Degree: Physics, Other
Graduation Year: 2016

I received my Bachelors degree at SUNY New Paltz this past spring. I was originally just a Physics major, but a year ago I received an email from the Philosophy department explaining that I had potential as a Philosophy major as well. Having taken a few philosophy classes and enjoyed them, I decided this was something I was interested in pursuing. However, this is a not an easy task, as I had only one year to complete this second major. The professors were all on board and helped me so much with juggling an extra two classes. I was able to learn so much from each of my professors while having quite a heavy workload. The amount of work, however, did not negatively impact my learning in any way. In fact, each semester, my classes had many overlapping topics that allowed me to further my understanding in each class beyond many of my classmates since I had an additional two or three classes discussing similar topics. Being a part of the philosophy department was very enjoyable. The Physics degree was much more challenging and with fewer professors, it was harder to take classes that would overlap with each other as they did in Philosophy. However, the professors once again were very good. The chair of the department in particular noticed I was having a bit of difficulty with a topic and scheduled time to meet with me to give me a little extra help. This went a long way and I was able to turn around, finishing the class strong. The campus itself is a very fun place. There are so many clubs and groups ranging from Video Gaming Society to the Outdoors Club to Chemistry Club to Greek Life. The experiences that each has to offer is enriching and can make the difference of having an okay college experience versus a great college experience. I was a member of a couple different academic clubs on campus and this opportunity allowed me to learn some of the inner workings of the school. Another great benefit of this campus is the availability of on campus jobs. I was able to hold a job working at the library all my years there. Students do not have to be work study to be hired by the campus which makes it easier for those of us who need just a little extra help covering the cost of college. That said, New Paltz is not that expensive for a State School and is without a doubt one of the best schools in New York State.

5 out of 5
Degree: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2011

An excellent university it helped tremendously to develop my engineer mind!

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5 out of 5
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2009

The school has a great atmosphere and most students are very unique/creative. The quality of the professors varied, but most were engaging and helpful.

5 out of 5
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2011

New Paltz was the best school for me. The small feel of the classrooms combined with the absolutely beautiful campus and near-by town was a perfect combination. The professors were incredible and many taught at the more expensive near-by private schools. The quality of education for the price of a state school cannot be beat.

4 out of 5
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2006

Tell us about your college experience.

I loved my college experience but wish it gave me more of a career ready experience, rather then a social life.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

I would still keep the degree I received. It fit my lifestyle, my passion, and my liking.

What advice can you offer other students?

Keep in mind that you are there for an education in a career. Make sure professors help you in a career path before you graduate. Have a good plan!

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