New Paltz, NY
State University of New York at New Paltz


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Aaron
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

SUNY New Paltz is probably best known for its social life. The main street gets crowded on weekends with college kids and out...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

SUNY New Paltz is probably best known for its social life. The main street gets crowded on weekends with college kids and out of towners who come for the fun. The bars and house parties are always great fun, but can be a distraction from your education. In some ways, the college overwhelms the town which can cause friction between the townspeople, who rely on commerce from the college, and the students, who sometimes are just looking to have fun.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I certainly could have utilized the knowledge I know possess when I was a senior in high school. Planning one's education is important. Get in touch with the faculty and students at the college to really get a first-hand account of what its like to attend that school. Picking courses also must be underscored. The best universities may have weak courses that you will regret taking so choose carefully! Try to balance social life and schoolwork because if one dominates the other it will be difficult to be a happy and healthy student. Seek to amass a variety of knowledge, try things you haven't ever tried, and go out on a limb to have new experiences which challenge your ideas. In short: be open minded! Avoid competition; humankind is at its best when it is cooperative and learns from each other. Be careful where you live (on or off campus). Your housing situation can really influence your happiness. Remember that learning comes from many places - not just the classroom! Take the most you can out of your experience; utilize all resources available to you! You're paying plenty of money for it! Last but not least, STUDY!

What's unique about your campus?

SUNY New Paltz has many great features but if I were asked to pick one it would be its location. In a small town setting, nestled in between many wilderness preserves and state parks, New Paltz allows students a social life but also an outlet into nature. The peace I got by hiking helped me cope with stressful college life. And when I wanted I could always go to nearby Poughkeepsie for a night out in the city.

Lauren
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Suny New Paltz overall is a great school. It provides students on campus with outstanding opportunities academically, sociall...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Suny New Paltz overall is a great school. It provides students on campus with outstanding opportunities academically, socially, culturally and environmently. You will learn a tremendous amount of valuable information here not only from the classes you attend, but about who you are as a person in society.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best piece of advice I would give myself if I could talk to myself as a high school senior would be that college should be about self discovery and focused on who I am/ want to be when I graduate. I entered college in a serious relationship and for the first two years I attended New Paltz. I was so engrossed in my relationship, I never took the time to experience many different aspects of New Paltz. My college experience changed drastically when my relationship ended my sophomore year. I labeled my final two years of college my “selfish years”; I learned more about myself in two years than I had in eighteen. I became more involved in extracurriculars, my academics, and discovered what I wanted to pursue as a career. I entered college closed minded and completely involved in my boyfriend’s well-being, I never took the time to take care of my own. So overall, the best piece of advice I would tell myself as a high school senior is to get involved in everything that I could don’t ever let anything stand in my way on my path of self discovery.

What's unique about your campus?

The best quality SUNY New Paltz has to offer is its free and open minded spirit the campus encompasses. Students that attend here come from all walks of life and are accepted with open arms within the campus community.

Paul
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The abiltiy to double major and take full advantage of everthing the school has to offer me has made this school/experience i...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The abiltiy to double major and take full advantage of everthing the school has to offer me has made this school/experience invaluable. I aspire to be a professional musician who has complete artistic control of the music as well as the production behind the scenes - (kind of like the Baroque composer Handel). My goals and ambition has helped me land 3 internship - one of which was at Jimi Hendrix's studio in manhatten (Electric Lady Studios) to work with big name artists such as Coldplay and Kanye West. In the future I plan on obtaining an internship at a engineering company to hone my skills in the electrical engineering fields. The opportunitys that have opened up for me since I began attending SUNY are geared towared everything I want to do with my life and I receive full support from all my teaches and advisors. The college has made me friends and connections that will last me a lifetime. The atmosphere is fantastic - right next to woodstock - the greatest music festival ever with so many a great bands - how could you not feel inspired - especially having grown up on Motown/Oldies, blues/jazz and Classic Rock.

What's unique about your campus?

As a child I always was extremely artistic, creative and very into buliding things and making them work. I have always played music and always want the best of everything when it comes to my work. The passion I have led me to work multiple jobs to buy and repair electronics/amps for the sake of my music. This college was a important choice in my life - the ability to double major - Electrical Engineering and Contemporart Jazz Studies - Vocals/Guitar. This passion has always been with me - I am currently the only music/engineering double major in the whole school!

Sarah
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

SUNY New Paltz is a small family where every member is willing to help and be there for another.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

SUNY New Paltz is a small family where every member is willing to help and be there for another.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Prior to college, I never really had a voice or even a backbone throughout high school. I was considered to be the easy girl to take advantage of because people were able to coerce me into helping them in academics. Even though I am only a freshman I believe that I have finally been able to find my voice. I know now that I can no longer just let people step all over me and that I am a person with feelings who deserves to be happy. I've made my college my home and in that home I've met people that believe in me and treat me better than I thought I ever deserved. I know that I chose correctly when I decided to go to SUNY New Paltz and I'll never regret that decision.

What's unique about your campus?

What I like most about my school is that it's small yet not too small at the same time. I feel like I'm at home and not lost within a sea of people. I can easily walk throughout my campus and never really need to worry about being late for anything since the furthest building from me on campus is only a 10 minute walk. The size is a strong plus.

Stephen
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

New Paltz is very accepting of anyone (including political outlook), professors are great and helpful, for the most part, agr...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

New Paltz is very accepting of anyone (including political outlook), professors are great and helpful, for the most part, agreat school.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There is a difference between acceptance and tolerance, and although tolerance is pushed for, acceptrance ends up being our end result, it is a great feeling to really understand people . I have also learned that most people in the registar's office are of no real help. My major was teaching, the 'acceptance' I mentioned before was huge within my curriculum. I can walk away from New Paltz knowing that I learned alot about people and how to work with them...and to not work with people in the offices on campus and go to the chairs of the respective departments. This helps me with my future endeavors, and hopefully it will help those who read this. Be good and good luck.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

"Academic advising/registrar." We are a small enough school in which I stopped going to my advisor for problems and whenever I had a problem in any subject (getting into a class, problem with "progress report") I went to the chair of the department, everyone else was useless. That is the biggest piece of advise, oh and don't expect answers online, go to the chair to find answers to your questions.

Kathryn
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

A change of perspective has probably been the most important thing I've gained from SUNY New Paltz. You become more humble th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

A change of perspective has probably been the most important thing I've gained from SUNY New Paltz. You become more humble the more different people you meet and the diversity at New Paltz is what gives the school its strength. I've made connections with peers and faculty that I hope to retain throughout the rest of my life.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The Bureaucracy. Getting things filed or paperwork processed is a nightmare if you don't guide it every step of the way. Very few students fully understand the way the administration works and there should be more emphasis on that. It would increase student success and involvement .

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone afraid of diversity or stepping out of a priviledged bubble would not have a great experience here. Anyone who's ideal home is a large city would not enjoy this school (excepting the proximity to NYC).

Susie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college I am currently attending and the city I currently live in is not at all where I intended to be in the 2010-2011 s...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college I am currently attending and the city I currently live in is not at all where I intended to be in the 2010-2011 school year. Right now, I live at home with my parents because I just transferred to Monroe Community College from Parsons the School of Design in Manhattan, New York where I was studying to become a fashion designer. It was my dream to move out of the house, live in the city, work hard, and make it big. Because of financial struggles at home, all my perfectly planned goals had only begun to come into fruition before I was forced to come home and start over. This was one of the greatest struggles of my life. I was not happy with my situation and had no motivation. It was tough until I began to realize that truly, as one dream is lost, doors leading to every other possible dream are opened. I am grateful for my new school and the opportunity to explore options that had seemed impossible before. I now have the chance direct my life in any direction I please, with nothing, not even the lack of money, to stop me.

Lauren
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Suny New Paltz is best known for being an art, education, and science school. It also recieved the top ten small schools awar...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Suny New Paltz is best known for being an art, education, and science school. It also recieved the top ten small schools award.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I have recieved enough knowledge about myslef at SUNY New Paltz to decide what I wiah to do in the future. I plan on going to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for an MS in Cytotechnology. In this career, I will be able to help people diagnose their diseases, such as cancer, as well as pursue my love of biology.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The advising is not as good as I wouls have liked.

David
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The intellectual and ethnic diversity of the student body.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The intellectual and ethnic diversity of the student body.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I have been mentored by some amazing and caring professors that helped me grow both mentally and emotionally during my four years of college.

Althea
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I got to see the world outside of my parents house. Secondly, got to meet and interact with other students from different ba...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I got to see the world outside of my parents house. Secondly, got to meet and interact with other students from different backgrounds and all walks of life. Stereotypes were blown out of the water. No one was around to wake you up to go to class. I learned how to be responsible for myself. That is one reason why college is valuable to attend. I learned how to be responsible for my own education and it is also a good learning experience to set goals and plans for the future. Each semester I had to think about what plans I would make for the next semester. College is valuable in that respect. Third , the college experience has given me a lasting bond with other students who attended New Paltz. A week ago I reconnected with a friend who graduated a year before me. He works as a therapist at the school where I am employed. We met after ten years and were able to talk about New Paltz and the choir where we used to sing together ! College helped me to mature . It is a valuable experience for all who attend.

What's unique about your campus?

The different programs offered such as the speech and language program. There was also an intense weekend language immersion institute. New Paltz is known for its art school and is also good for education.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Cannot say what is the worst thing because the college experience is really what you make of it. You can coast and enjoy life with no parents telling you what to do or you can go into college with a set plan and goals. Now that I am thinking about it, the worst thing about school is the freshman 15! I gained the freshman 30!

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