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Chris Colucci
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This is probably a long shot, but did anyone here attend SUNY New Paltz?

I know kid most likely headed there but he may not be able to get up to a "formal" orientation, so I was looking for some general input on the school, campus, and area.

Thanks.

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Tex Ag
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Chris Colucci wrote:
This is probably a long shot, but did anyone here attend SUNY New Paltz?

I know kid most likely headed there but he may not be able to get up to a "formal" orientation, so I was looking for some general input on the school, campus, and area.

Thanks.


Best bet is the school website. I am in the SUNY system but from what I understand the campuses and cultures are quite different.

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SkyNett
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Huge party school - or at least it used to be.

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Chris Colucci wrote:
This is probably a long shot, but did anyone here attend SUNY New Paltz?

I know kid most likely headed there but he may not be able to get up to a "formal" orientation, so I was looking for some general input on the school, campus, and area.

Thanks.


I have friends that teach there and have been a guest lecturer there many times. It is a great liberal arts school. The theater and drama departments are top notch as far as public universities go. Their history department is also really good. Their engineering and science departments are not all that great though, so if the kid you know wants to major in something like physics or computer science or engineering he may want to look elsewhere. They have an awesome gym that has tons of great equipment. It is a notorious party school also, so this kid should make sure he can handle that and studying.

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Nards
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I thought Lee Priest was the new Paltz?

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Nards wrote:
I thought Lee Priest was the new Paltz?



lol

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Dr.Matt581 wrote:
Chris Colucci wrote:
This is probably a long shot, but did anyone here attend SUNY New Paltz?

I know kid most likely headed there but he may not be able to get up to a "formal" orientation, so I was looking for some general input on the school, campus, and area.

Thanks.


I have friends that teach there and have been a guest lecturer there many times. It is a great liberal arts school. The theater and drama departments are top notch as far as public universities go. Their history department is also really good. Their engineering and science departments are not all that great though, so if the kid you know wants to major in something like physics or computer science or engineering he may want to look elsewhere. They have an awesome gym that has tons of great equipment. It is a notorious party school also, so this kid should make sure he can handle that and studying.



What Dr.Matt said. I didn't go there but live in nearby. Had some friends that attended. Gym is awesome. Great views of the Shawangunk Mountains. Alot of great hiking trails. All within 10-15 min. drive. And a huge party school. It's kind of like the new Woodstock if that makes any sense. Like a trip back in time.

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Chris Colucci
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Thanks for the info, guys, however disconcerting it may be. Ha.

It's my gal's youngest son. He's talking about going for philosophy, "even though I know there are no jobs for that", he says. But he's also considering going for business. I know, I'm so happy he spent all of four seconds thinking about his major when applying to schools.

Anyhow, it turns out we'll probably end up taking a day trip up there in a few weeks to see what's what.

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Tex Ag
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Philosophy majors tend to test very well in the going to grad school/law type of tests. Unless he is planning on not getting an advanced degree (which is needed in this job market) then I would be inclined not to question his choice. They tend to better than other social science/liberal arts degrees on science stuff, and generally at the top in non-hard science exams.

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Chris Colucci
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As a small update, we did take a day trip to see the campus. Unofficial and unguided, so it wasn't really the best plan. Ha. Wandering around campus without direction. Halfway through, kiddo says "I wish I'd applied to more schools."

Anyhow, he didn't get accepted to any of the CUNY's he was hoping for, so... we're going to New Paltz. Orientation is in July, classes start end of August, and then, hello empty nest. ;)


Thanks again.

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Chris Colucci wrote:
As a small update, we did take a day trip to see the campus. Unofficial and unguided, so it wasn't really the best plan. Ha. Wandering around campus without direction. Halfway through, kiddo says "I wish I'd applied to more schools."

Anyhow, he didn't get accepted to any of the CUNY's he was hoping for, so... we're going to New Paltz. Orientation is in July, classes start end of August, and then, hello empty nest. ;)


Thanks again.


Depends on what he wants to study. I went to SUNY New Paltz for grad school (Art: Painting) and knew immediately I'd made a BIG mistake. After getting my undergraduate degree from a truly dynamic program (Ohio State) I still have flashbacks to my 5 month Nightmare at New Paltz. The painting faculty and the students were the most UNengaged I've ever witnessed. There were only THREE graduate painters - and we all dropped out as soon as the semester ended. I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I had been selected as first alternate to New York's School of Visual Arts and couldn't believe I got that far but wound up in New Paltz! I got suckered in by the proximity to NYC. Not smart.

That said, the one non-lame experience I had at New Paltz was a graduate creative writing class. I later found out their graduate writing program is one of the best - and it showed (true about the theatre program being respected, also). So, again, it depends on what he wants to study. If he goes for something good AND he happens to be into the outdoors (particularly rock climbing) his experience at SUNY New Paltz would likely be the exact opposite of mine. So it depends... Good luck to you both.

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