College Senior 2013-11-09T03:05:14Z
Dorms can vary. Some are extremely old and decrepit, while others are newly renovated and feature amenities such as air conditioning, thermostats, and filtered water fountains.
College Senior 2013-11-09T03:03:18Z
There is a huge variety of off-campus options available. Some are even closer to the academic buildings than some of the dorms!
College Senior 2013-11-09T03:01:17Z
The town has TWO different restaurants that specialize in hot dogs, to say the least, as well as a couple Vegan/organic places. Karma Road offers organic, vegan options but can be a bit pricey.
College Senior 2013-11-09T02:58:42Z
Health & Safety:
There is a 'blue-light system' implemented throughout campus. Campus police attempt to notify students of any major incidents that could be a threat to safety via email, and investigate situations when crimes are reported.
College Junior 2013-10-11T16:35:02Z
The buildings for the most part are in great shape, and the campus is slowly being renovated. Most of our newly renovated buildings have LEED Certification, making them eco-friendly. Even the older buildings have their charm, and they do what they need to do.
College Junior 2013-10-07T16:12:05Z
There are a lot of great programs here. I am in the sociology program and tend to love going to my classes and the work I do, as well as my professors. Similar programs such as communication disorders are also very popular. The art and business programs are huge here as well. I know some of the harder majors (i.e, business or engineering) have a lot of hard classes which can be boring at times, but the programs are still very good-so if it is what you want to be doing, then it doesn't matter. I believe the workload increases gradually each year, but I have never felt too overwhelmed. As for registering, it can be a pain, but I have never had too many issues. As you get older and start to need specific classes, you have more priority, so it works out.
College Junior 2013-10-07T16:06:53Z
Guys & Girls:
You will be able to find nearly every type of person. There are athletes, greek life members, activists, and artists. People are generally super nice and they enjoy the people around them-there are some people who just aren't nice, but that's their own issue. There are both attractive and unattractive people.
College Junior 2013-10-07T16:01:42Z
I was able to be helped with all my finances, but the process was extremely confusing and difficult. As for scholarships that the school provides (ones different from financial aid-loans and grants), I was unaware of those options. They don't broadcast them very much.
College Junior 2013-10-07T15:59:26Z
Depending on the time of day, it is hard to find a spot. Also, if you do get a ticket for parking on campus without a permit, it is about $25, which can start to add up. Especially since the permit itself is I believe $35
College Senior 2013-09-07T18:38:28Z
Every year more diverse students are accepted into New Paltz. There is also a great international program that accepts students from other countries and they get to be a part of the community. The majority of the campus is white but that will probably change in a few years.
College Senior 2013-09-07T18:36:53Z
The nightlife at New Paltz depends on age. If students are 21 and older they can go to a few bars on main street. For students that are 18 there are a few places that host events and there are a few clubs a town over.
College Junior 2013-08-08T17:01:02Z
The weather at SUNY New Paltz is usually pretty great. Even on a gloomy, rainy day, the campus is still beautiful. You can see the mountains in the distance and everyone on campus is usually very cheerful and kind. You have a little bit of every type of weather- hot in the summer, cold in the winter. Fall is the best at New Paltz because you get free apple cider.
College Junior 2013-08-08T16:54:57Z
At SUNY New Paltz, there are quite a few people who smoke weed. I have not really experienced or come into contact with any other drugs here, although I'm sure there is some use. Alcohol is common, as the town has a handful of bars for college students.
College Junior 2013-08-03T17:26:22Z
The town is a college focused town and incredible for college students as a result. Affordable, high quality housing with lots of space and yards.
College Junior 2013-08-03T17:25:09Z
There are alot of extra help facilities and the library is open late throught each semester and becomes 24 hours during midterm time and final time with professors and students staying up to help students prepare for examinations.
College Junior 2013-08-03T17:23:01Z
Lots of bars and a few +18 places. Parties are fun but start and end early. usually 9-1. Everything is walking distance.
College Junior 2013-08-03T17:16:18Z
The dining hall food itself is okay, and as with any college there are vending machines galore, some serving snacks that I feel are too good for vending machines. The restaurants around the town are what really wow though. There is so much variety; one can eat sushi, italian, and american food all up and down the same street. It feels like NYC food downsized to have that hometown feel that symbolizes the atmosphere of New Paltz. There is an amazing bakery aptly named, the bakery and a restaurant that brews its own beer in the restaurant called the Gilded Otter. All of these places offer great food at decent prices. I wouldn't recommend eating just the college food when such an sensational variety of global cuisine is within easy walking distance from your dorm room.
College Junior 2013-07-29T23:21:02Z
sometimes can be hard if you have late classes, but in the morning it is okay.
College Junior 2013-07-29T23:19:52Z
Beautiful, its is a gorgeous area of the Hudson Valley.
College Junior 2013-07-29T23:18:46Z
New Paltz has great places to dine at, and the convenience, cost and variety can't be beat by many places.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-29T00:11:55Z
I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English, and my experience with the English department was great! Each professor takes the time to get to know his or her students, and most of my professors showed that they truly cared about my progress not only in their class, but in the major. The difficult thing about being an English major was the limited availability in classes. When it came time for course registration, it was always a race to get a seat in a class you needed, and a few times I ran into a problem where two classes that were required for me were offered at the exact same time, and there was only one section of that class being offered. Because English is such a popular major, I wish there was more of a selection. The content of the classes though was always intriguing. Of course, there were a number of classes I disliked, but for the most part, classes are discussion-based and therefore, quite engaging. The curriculum is straightforward and very feasible to complete in four years. The workload includes many papers and much research, but that is all part of the major. Internships can be found through the career resource center, as well as through professors and advisers. All classrooms are kept well and are comfortable environments.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-29T00:02:07Z
Guys & Girls:
Students at New Paltz do like to party, but also know when to get their work done. Most people focused on what bars or frats they planned to visit over the weekend. The guys were more geeky than athletic, and not too tall. It was easy to tell the athletes from the non-athletes. Girls were a wide range from prep, goth, professional, and many who you would think were "hippies." In my opinion, it was easy to distinguish who was in a fraternity or sorority, since they always wore their Letter shirts. However, 90% of people are pleasant people who genuinely enjoy New Paltz. Everyone is very accepting of each other.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-28T23:55:12Z
One of the things that caught my attention about New Paltz was it's strong diversity. The best way to describe it would be a rainbow of beautiful people. New Paltz fully supports organizations for students of specific backgrounds, and often students of those organizations will invite students of other backgrounds to experience and understand their culture. Events around campus such as Jam Asia, Black Solidarity Day, Camp Crusades for Christ coffee karaoke, and Queer Action coalition single's night, just to name a small few, really brought the student body together. Rather than segregation between races, genders, religious or political beliefs, New Paltz fostered and encouraged learning and blending between all students. At New Paltz, there is something for literally everyone. It is easy for anyone to be able to feel at home there.
College Junior 2013-07-01T23:59:45Z
SUNY New Paltz is big on arts and communications. It is difficult to get into communications classes. Professors vary extremely. Workload is manageable. Take advice from people have taken the classes prior to you.
College Junior 2013-07-01T23:55:15Z
Many orgs have a low number of members. Greek life has a very small presence but the major orgs seem to stick together. They throw the parties.
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