The State University of New York at New Paltz, also known as SUNY New Paltz, is a public university in New Paltz, New York. It was founded in 1828 as the School for teaching of classics. It was called State University of New York College of Arts and Science New Paltz in the 1980s and finally became the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1994. The campus is spread across an area of more than 300 acres. SUNY New Paltz was recently ranked 8th among the best public universities and 40th among public and private universities in the North, according to the U.S. News & World Report's rankings for America's Best Colleges (2009).
SUNY New Paltz participates in various intercollegiate sports and has both men's and women's teams. Their official mascot is the Hawk and their sports teams are nicknamed the Hawks.
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