Phone: (845) 257-3580; Email:
Location: Old Main Building, Room B106
Web address:

Our focus is on student learning and student success.

Our Mission

The Center for Student Success promotes student learning, academic engagement, and timely degree completion through the coordination of peer-based academic support programs and the management of the College’s Academic Success Referral System, Starfish Early Alert.

Through collaborative efforts with faculty, academic departments and student services, the Center provides an inclusive, student-oriented learning environment which stimulates academic engagement and the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and personal attributes in support of lifelong learning.

Our Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of participation in our services (peer advising, writers’ studio, subject tutoring), students will:

  • Be able to identify skills and strategies to study effectively, manage time, and set and achieve academic goals.
  • Be able to utilize skills and strategies to solve novel problems across academic disciplines and overcome obstacles to learning.
  • Gain confidence in their ability to persist in their academic pathway at New Paltz toward a timely graduation.

Students employed at the Center for Student Success (Peer Advisors, Peer Writing Consultants, and Peer Subject Tutors) will:

  • Develop a comprehensive set of skills and tools to communicate effectively in order to build rapport, facilitate learning, and work across differences.
  • Develop a personal leadership style that leverages individual strengths and guides and motivates peers.

How to Schedule a Session at the CSS

Writers’ Studio

SUNY New Paltz students from any major can sign up for a free, 30-minute, one-on-one session with a peer writing consultant. Peer writing consultants are fellow SUNY NP students who are trained to help you identify your strengths and work toward goals for your academic writing assignments. Regular sessions at the Writers’ Studio can go a long way toward helping you develop the confidence and skills necessary to be an effective communicator in college and beyond.

What can I work on in a Writers’ Studio session?

Any academic writing assignment, at any stage of the writing process. Peer writing consultants help you work toward one or two goals for your assignment while developing writing strategies you will be able to repeat on your own.

The Writers’ Studio is not:

  • A drop-off or editing service: We collaborate with you to help you become a better writer. We do not proofread, correct grammar, or “quickly look over” papers.
  • A place for emergencies: We focus on building writing skills over time. To get the most out of your sessions, be proactive and come in well before the day your paper is due.
  • Qualified to provide assistance with job/internship cover letters, or scholarship/ graduate school essays. Please visit the Career Resource Center for this service.

English Language Learners and ESL Students

The Center for Student Success offers specialized writing support to students who are non-native English speakers. Through individualized, one-on-one support with our Graduate Assistant, students can focus on improvement in their writing strategies.

To meet with our Graduate Assistant, make an appointment on my.newpaltz under Center for Student Success - Writers' Studio for English Language Learners and ESL Students.

Peer Advising

The Peer Advisor Program helps support student success at New Paltz. Peer Advisors help build academic skills, identify effective study strategies, navigate academic policy, and utilize campus resources.

Peer Advising: When and Where You Need It

In order to support you in the best way possible, Peer Advisors are available to meet for drop-in visits or for scheduled appointments.

For quick questions, Peer Advisors are available for drop-in visits in Wooster Hall and in Residence Halls (Awosting, Gage, Mohonk, Scudder, and Bouton). Peer Advisors are also available to meet one-on-one, by appointment at the Center for Student Success.

Tutoring Services

The multidisciplinary tutoring program supports the Center’s mission by helping SUNY New Paltz students develop tools for increased academic independence. The peer subject tutoring program offers support for historically challenging, foundational, and gatekeeper courses. Through small groups and interactive learning, students are encouraged to be responsible and engaged with a primary aim of developing effective strategies to support the learning process both within a course and beyond the tutoring session.

Drop-In Language Tutoring

For beginner and intermediate (101, 102, 201, and 202) Spanish, French, and Italian, the Center for Student Success provides drop-in tutoring. In addition to our course-specific appointments, students can come to the Center during designated times to meet with an available tutor without making an appointment.

Spanish, Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
French, Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Italian, Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Fall 2020 Tutoring Coverage:

BIO201General Biology I 3
BIO320Genetics 3
BUS201Financial Accounting 3
BUS309Statistics for Business and Economics I3
CHE201General Chemistry I 3
CHE318Organic Chemistry I 3
CPS210Computer Science I: Foundations 4
ECO206Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO207Principles of Macroeconomics3
FRN101Elementary French I 3
FRN102Elementary French II 3
FRN201Intermediate French I 3
FRN202Intermediate French II 3
ITA101Elementary Italian 1 3
ITA102Elementary Italian 2 3
ITA201 Intermediate Italian I 3
MAT120College Mathematics3
MAT121College Mathematics with Supplemental Algebra Workshop3
MAT140Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MAT152College Algebra 3
MAT181Precalculus 4
MAT241Introduction to Statistics3
MAT251Calculus I 4
MAT252Calculus II 4
MAT260Introduction to Proof3
PHY201General Physics 13
PSY272Introductory Psychology3
PSY275Psychological Statistics 4
SPA101Elementary Spanish 1 3
SPA102Elementary Spanish 2 3
SPA201Intermediate Spanish 1 3
SPA202Intermediate Spanish 2 4

STAR-NY Online Tutoring

This program provides free online tutoring for enrolled SUNY New Paltz students in various subjects.

What You Need to Know

  • Online tutoring is free.
  • Online tutoring is part of a shared services consortium with 26 other SUNY colleges.
  • Each participating SUNY, including SUNY New Paltz, identifies trained and qualified tutors to provide online tutoring.
  • The following core subjects are specific to SUNY New Paltz students:
    • Math - Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calc I, & Intro to Statistics
    • Chemistry - Introductory, General
    • Organic Chemistry (Sunday, Tuesday only)
    • Biology - Introductory, Anatomy & Physiology
    • Physics - Introductory
    • Accounting - Any course below the 400 level
    • Computer Science - Introductory
    • Economics - Introductory, Micro, Macro
    • Psychology - Introductory
    • Writing - Any course through Masters level (except foreign languages)

Hours and Availability (Fall 2020)

August 24-December 16, Sunday-Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight

How to Access STAR-NY Online Tutoring: Go to