Ready to compete

Colleges have much longer maturation processes than the students they try to educate. It took 57 years for the New Paltz Classical School to become the New Paltz Training and Normal School. It took another 63 years before the teachers’ college became one of the 30 schools folded into the new public state university system. Now that 65 years have passed since that signal event, perhaps the institution will soon be ready to evolve another step.

By many indicators of selectivity, SUNY New Paltz has been improving in recent years. Average SAT scores, higher than at most SUNY schools, have increased markedly. Entering students have to have higher grades in high school than they used to. Graduation rates are increasing rapidly, too. And national surveys of public universities show New Paltz improving its quality ranking steadily.

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