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Bachelor of Arts: General Studies

New, Bachelor of General Studies program, available fully online, will help former college students finish their undergraduate degrees

SUNY New Paltz now offers a new Bachelor of Arts: General Studies degree completion program.  Available fully online, or as a seated or hybrid program, the BA: General Studies is designed to expand educational access to people who have earned some college credits but never finished a four-year undergraduate program.  

This new General Studies program provides a flexible, high-quality educational opportunity for an underserved population in our society: former college students, often working adults, for whom a residential, on-campus experience is not a realistic option.


How the Bachelor of Arts: General Studies works

The Bachelor of Arts: General Studies program is open to anyone who already has at least 60 college credits from an accredited institution.

Students will enroll for a flexible, fully online course schedule that can be completed full- or part-time.

In-state tuition costs will be the same as those paid by students enrolled in on-campus programs.

All class sections are established, existing online courses taught by the same New Paltz faculty who teach our in-person courses.

Students choose from seven focus areas and create an educational plan tailored to their skills and interests.

All students in this program will also have access to professional advisors with expertise in online learning and technical support from the College’s IT Help Desk.


Who the Bachelor of General Studies program serves

This online degree completion program was created to help former college students earn a bachelor’s degree and advance toward their professional goals.

Nationwide, about 40% of students who enroll in college leave before completing their degree, according to a 2021 report from the non-profit research group

That can be a costly decision. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with a bachelor’s had median weekly earnings of $1,305, compared to just $877 per week for those with some college but no degree.

By giving these students a flexible pathway back into college, New Paltz’s Bachelor of General Studies is using online teaching and technology to help more citizens access a quality education and achieve their goals.