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The State University of New York at New Paltz is a public university in New Paltz, New York. It was founded in 1828 as a school for teaching the "classics": it has been called the State University of New York at New Paltz since 1994. It is the 99th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.
After several years as a local school focusing on the classical education, the school was officially renamed New Paltz Academy in 1833. In 1886, the academy became a normal school supported by the state. It was granted the ability to award baccalaureate degrees in 1942, when it was renamed the State Teachers College at New Paltz. A few years later, in 1947, a graduate program was established. When the State University of New York was established by legislative act in 1948, the Teachers College at New Paltz was one of 30 colleges associated under SUNY's umbrella.
SUNY at New Paltz currently offers bachelor's and master's degrees, with over 100 undergraduate and 50 graduate degree programs. Currently, almost 8,000 students attend SUNY at New Paltz—over 6,200 undergraduates and over 1,600 graduate students. The current administration President is Steven Poskanzer. The current elected student body President is R.J. Partington III.