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New Paltz vs Binghamton

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  • sean256sean256 Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    I am still concerned about a lot of kids going home from NP on the weekends...ugh.
  • LilyMoonLilyMoon Registered User Posts: 1,832 Senior Member
    My son has been at NP a couple of weeks now and his experience has been that kids stick around on the weekends. The bars in town are popular and there are parties on the weekends too. Kids also hang out at each others apartments, go to hear music, the movies or just catch up on sleep. The adventurous ones go hiking, skiing and mountain climbing.
  • Katie16Katie16 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    I agree with LilyMoon. My D attends NP and we llive roughly an hour away; initially she came home a couple of weekends a month but now returns with a frequency similar to that of students whose colleges are much further away.
  • vahevalavahevala Registered User Posts: 183 Junior Member
    I agree about NP,as far as I can tell the majority of the kids stick around, either to do work or to party. Usually something doin' every weekend. You really need to visit the schools. NP is much smaller, I think about half the size, Bing more of a university setting. Personally, I know Bing does have a higher acad. rep than NP, but I think that if you are happy where you end up you could do well at either place. Good luck!
  • pugmadkatepugmadkate Registered User Posts: 5,888 Senior Member
    I have two questions about SUNY New Paltz and hopefully someone has the answers.

    Was SUNY NP ever a women's college? With a student population that 70% women, that's the only thing I can come up with.

    Building on that question, my son is gay. How would he fit in at SUNY NP? So many aspects of SUNY NP seem like a good match for him except for the female/male ratio.

    Thank you!
  • Muffy333Muffy333 Registered User Posts: 2,108 Senior Member
    pugmadkate-probably one of the most gay-friendly colleges - extremely liberal. It's actually 59/41 F/M though. We had a very good tour guide who was gay. It used to be a teaching college I think in the days when only girls became teachers.
  • foolishpleasurefoolishpleasure Registered User Posts: 919 Member
    I knew that Geneseo had been a teachers' college, I didn't know the same was true for NP.
  • Muffy333Muffy333 Registered User Posts: 2,108 Senior Member
    Most of the SUNY University Colleges (NP, Geneseo, Oswego, Oneonta, Cortland etc.) were "normal schools" which is where girls would go to become teachers....a lot of them still have a 60/40 f/m ratio.
  • iamhereiamhere Registered User Posts: 517 Member
    it is fairly common for liberal arts colleges to have around a 60/40 female/male split -- not limited to the suny's
  • hudsonvalley51hudsonvalley51 Registered User Posts: 2,474 Senior Member
    New Palyz traces its history back to 1828 when New Paltz Academy was founded. It was essentially a preparatory school that featured a classical education. In the 1880s it became a normal school and during World Way II it became New Paltz State Teachers college. It was never a single sex school to the best of my knowledge.

    New Paltz is, in the opinion of many people in this neck of Upstate NY, the most gay-friendly of the SUNYs.
  • pugmadkatepugmadkate Registered User Posts: 5,888 Senior Member
    How interesting. THank you for sharing that information.

    And thank you for setting my mind at ease. It's one thing to check lists of "gay friendly" schools but nothing replaces the insights of those who have been there.

    I'm going to go ahead and send the SUNY NP link to my son to see what he thinks. It really does sound like a possible match for him. He's a really bright, quirky, and social kid.

    I noticed they offered an Honors Program. How is that different from an Honors College? To be perfectly frank, I had not heard of public colleges having an "honors college" until my neice was accepted into the one at her state flagship U two years ago. I'd heard of graduating with honors. So I'm trying to figure out if "honors program" is just another name for the same thing.
  • sean256sean256 Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    What major is your son planning on? I have an acquaintance who goes to NP that I just spoke with and asked him a little bit about the whole gay situation. He said that when speaking in numbers, there are not more gays compared to any other college campus. However, since most kids that go to NP are liberal and the town of NP is extremely liberal they tend to be more accepting of the gay population than most schools. He also said that most gays are involved in the theater department. Anyways, I think your son should definitely give NP a look. Its a neat little campus/town/school.
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