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State University of New York at New Paltz Admission Requirements

New Paltz, New York

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Your chances of getting into State University of New York at New Paltz

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

46.1%
Admission Difficulty for State University of New York at New Paltz
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at State University of New York at New Paltz is 46.1%.  Its admission rate is the 25th lowest in New York and the 176th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into State University of New York at New Paltz and can you get accepted?

State University of New York at New Paltz is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 5,759 out of the 12,482 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 30 percent (SAT 1150/1318 ACT 24/30). State University of New York at New Paltz typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into State University of New York at New Paltz?

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to State University of New York at New Paltz you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.6 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1230 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

State University of New York at New Paltz GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.6

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into State University of New York at New Paltz?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into State University of New York at New Paltz are to have around a 3.6 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to State University of New York at New Paltz will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at State University of New York at New Paltz is 3.6 on the 4.0 scale. 29% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #39 in New York for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted State University of New York at New Paltz students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 28.95% Good
3.75 to 3.99 16.86% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 27.36% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.53% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 8.12% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.5% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.59% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.09% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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State University of New York at New Paltz SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. State University of New York at New Paltz is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1150-1318

Applicants Submitting SAT 

18%
SAT Scores for State University of New York at New Paltz
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 580
Math 25th Percentile 570
Composite 25th Percentile 1150
SAT Scores for State University of New York at New Paltz
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 668
Math 75th Percentile 650
Composite 75th Percentile 1318
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to State University of New York at New Paltz?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at State University of New York at New Paltz is 1230 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1150-1318. Students who get into State University of New York at New Paltz score in the top 32 percent of all SAT test takers..  State University of New York at New Paltz ranks #36 in the state of New York for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1230 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. State University of New York at New Paltz regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1150 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1150, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1070, but scores this low are outside the normal range. 18 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1230 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1234, you have around a 46% chance of being admitted. A 1318 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 62% chance of getting in.

State University of New York at New Paltz admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1318 and Above Good >62%
1234 to 1318 Avg + 46%-62%
1150 to 1234 Avg - 31%-46%
1066 to 1150 Reach 19%-31%
Less than 1066 Low <19%
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State University of New York at New Paltz ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

24-30 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

4%
ACT Scores for State University of New York at New Paltz
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 23
Math 25th Percentile 22
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for State University of New York at New Paltz
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 32
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into State University of New York at New Paltz?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to State University of New York at New Paltz is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 30.  The school ranks #44 in New York for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 21.

4 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to State University of New York at New Paltz.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into State University of New York at New Paltz for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 46% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 62% with a 30 ACT score.

State University of New York at New Paltz admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >62%
27 to 30 Avg + 46%-62%
24 to 27 Avg - 31%-46%
21 to 24 Reach 19%-31%
Less than 21 Low <19%
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High School Class Rank

62% of State University of New York at New Paltz freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 25% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted State University of New York at New Paltz students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 62%
Top 50% of class 92%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

State University of New York at New Paltz admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,616 4,866 12,482
Accepted 3,759 2,000 5,759
Acceptance Rate 49% 41% 46%
Enrolled 767 366 1,133
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 18% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Apr 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

36

Applicants have 36 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to State University of New York at New Paltz is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to State University of New York at New Paltz and what student information is used for admission decisions?

State University of New York at New Paltz Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at State University of New York at New Paltz
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because State University of New York at New Paltz is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.6 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1230 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1318 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 27 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196176 IPEDS survey data for State University of New York at New Paltz.

FAQs

Does State University of New York at New Paltz prefer SAT or ACT?

18% of students submit their SAT scores to State University of New York at New Paltz. 4% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into State University of New York at New Paltz?

46% of those who apply are granted admission to State University of New York at New Paltz. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for State University of New York at New Paltz?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1150 and 1318. The average SAT score is 1234. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for State University of New York at New Paltz?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 30. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.