State University of New York at New Paltz Reviews

  • 19 Reviews
  • New Paltz (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,434
80% of 19 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 19 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"The State University of New York at New Paltz is an excellent choice if you're looking for a degree in Early & Childhood Education. The professors are absolutely amazing and they are there to help you along your journey to becoming a certified teacher. The coursework is rigorous, but definitely will prepare you for becoming a certified teacher. There are a lot of extras that go along to becoming a certified teacher such as all the exams and other certifications that are required by New York State. Take a look at all the requirements before deciding to become a teacher because they are not mentioned at the time that you declare your major. If teaching is your passion, go for it! The campus is beautiful and students are friendly and welcoming!"
Astrid Delgado
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2019
  • Degree: International Business
"Going to SUNY New Paltz to pursue my undergraduate degree was one of the best decisions I've made. The professors and academic staff at the business school are extremely helpful and supportive in helping you with anything from, financial aid, study programs and encouraging extracurricular activities. One of the greatest take-aways from my experience at SUNY New Paltz was the Business Study Abroad program in Spain. It was the perfect balance of academic enhancement and personal enjoyment. Being that the business school is internationally accredited, and ranked one of the top schools in the state, having SUNY New Paltz on my resume opened up a lot of opportunities that I otherwise may not have had when exploring for post-graduate employment. I strongly recommend SUNY New Paltz for higher education for any field, but especially Business."
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2019
  • Degree: Social Work
"This was the most biased educational experiences I have ever had. The entire professional staff was completely inept. I kept my mouth closed and wrote what the professors wanted to hear as I learned very early on that writing an opinion paper meant the opinion of my professor. The school is not open to any diverse thinking or opinions. How sad. I went on to get a masters and work in the field and hold none of my professors views. Is this education???? Since when is group think and mob rule a way to learn? The worst department was political science where the professor actually asked a question on a test - Who is more companionate? Liberals or Conservatives and graded it right or wrong. I luckily kept most of my papers and experiences and am writing a book about these experiences. This is the only way to speak to this campus. I would encourage others to do the same."
Sara S
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2017
  • Degree: Anthropology
"The anthropology program at SUNY New Paltz is exceptional. The professors are engaging and accomplished. I've stayed in contact with my teachers since graduation and they have written beautiful recommendation letters for me multiple times. It's very special to study anthropology in a place that has such a rich archaeological history! The education provided by the anthropology faculty prepared me to work at the American Museum of Natural anthropological dream!"
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"I was one of the last nurses at SUNY Newpaltz. I thought the program was excellent and I wish they kept it going. The school stopped the program after my class graduated. I know many nurses who would like to take classes in the traditional manor instead of on-line and the price of the tuition was reasonable."
Gina DellaGala
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2017
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"SUNY New Paltz has fantastic History and Education professors, many of which I am still in touch with. They provided a challenging and valuable educational experience and I truly felt I was learning a lot from them. They gave me real life advice, and all of them stayed away from lecture base instruction."
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2017
  • Degree: History
"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."
Haley Van Vlack
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2016
  • Degree: Physics
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"An excellent university it helped tremendously to develop my engineer mind!"
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2015
  • Degree: Journalism
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
katalin pazmandi
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2014
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Excellent program, incredible amount of work."
Ryan Judge
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2014
  • Degree: Teaching
"The grad program in education is a good value for the money but could do more in terms of career development and helping to connect commuter and grad students to the rest of the college."
Jessica Villani
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2014
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"While the Education program has a great reputation outside the school, administration and guidance are a mess. No one is ever on the same page and 5 people will tell you 5 different things. It's very stressful to know if you're on the right path for graduating within the 2 year time frame. From my understanding, they're revamping the program to make it more condensed, however details about the program continue to change daily and are inconsistent."
Sarah DeMarco
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"SUNY New Paltz has offered me a broad scope of learning which does not end in the classroom. My professors encourage critical thinking of various perspectives and viewpoints. This program has honed in to help me develop clinical skills for Music Therapy practice."
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2013
  • Degree: Education
"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!"
Lauren Capobianco
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2013
  • Degree: Education
"I love the college and would recommend it. Thank you."
Sean Antonucci
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2013
  • Degree: English
"In the English Literature department at SUNY New Paltz there are fantastic opportunities to learn and to teach. If you enter the Teaching Assistant program you can teach freshman composition all on your own designing your own coursework and syllabus based on overall program guidelines."
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2012
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"SUNY New Paltz has an excellent graduate program for the arts. The faculty are incredibly helpful and are active in the community. The work load is intense but that is to be expected. I just wish that there were more teaching assistantships for graduate students, this would allow all graduates the opportunity to teach and would allow more funding. This would make graduate school more financially assessable."