[quote]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.
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.