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University at Albany, SUNY
The University at Albany is a major public research university in New York’s capital....

University at Albany, SUNY

Albany, New York

The University at Albany, founded in 1844, is an agent of positive change in terms of academic success, professional development, and global good. With nine schools and colleges, the university offers innovative programs paired with hands-on learning, enabling students to gain impressive skills for their careers.


Innovative Programs: UAlbany is paving the way to the careers of tomorrow. With the first-in-the-nation College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, students are equipped for careers in critical security fields. The Atmospheric Science program utilizes some of the nation’s most advanced facilities and resources, and programs like Criminal Justice, Social Welfare, Psychology, Biology, Public Policy, and Political Science gain UAlbany national attention. Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees are available in 40 fields, and students benefit from agreements with institutions like Albany Medical College and Albany Law School.


Undergraduate Research: With a strong emphasis on research, students can get involved as early as freshman year to build impressive résumés. Notable on-campus labs include the Cancer Research Center, the Institute for Financial Market Regulation, and the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center. Students study topics varying from neuroscience to art history in this hands-on capacity.


Diversity and Culture: UAlbany attracts students from a plethora of backgrounds. More than 40% of UAlbany students come from minority backgrounds, and 33% of students are first-generation college students. The student body is comprised of approximately 6% out-of-state students and 3% international students. With student groups dedicated to celebrating culture, as well as a Multicultural Resource Center, the UAlbany community is culturally diverse and aware.

Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
12,955 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
51% male — 49% female
68% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
684 full-time faculty
504 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
93% of first year students live on campus
57% of all students live on campus

School Location

The University at Albany is located in New York State’s capital city, home to a vibrant and diverse economy where government agencies, corporations, and small businesses flourish. With a metropolitan area population of close to 1 million, the Albany area provides countless opportunities for internships with local, national, and international firms, companies, and agencies. The Adirondack Mountains, lakes, and trails are close by, making it easy to have some outdoor fun. With the city right at their feet and the great outdoors just around the corner, students enjoy a fulfilling and exhilarating extracurricular life.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


84% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


65.7% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 16%
Black or African American 17%
White 47%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


With 18 NCAA Division I teams, Great Dane Nation is overflowing with pride. The UAlbany Great Danes won 9 conference championships in 2016-2017 and had 6 NCAA appearances. Damien the Great Dane leads the fans in their cheers, spreading the contagious UAlbany spirit! Students not at the D-I level rock their purple and gold on campus during intramurals or as they travel and compete with club teams.

Academic Programs

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES Actuarial & Mathematical Sciences; Africana Studies; Anthropology; Art; Art History; Atmospheric Science & Meteorology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioethics; Biology; Chemistry: Chemical Biology, Forensic Chemistry; Chinese Studies; Cognitive Science; Communication; Creative Writing; Documentary Studies; East Asian Studies; Economics; Electronics; English; Environmental Science: Climate Change, Ecosystems, Geography, Sustainability Science & Policy; Film Studies; French; Geography: Geographic Information Systems & Spatial Analysis; Globalization Studies; History: Europe, United States, World; Human Biology; International Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies; Japanese Studies; Journalism; Judaic Studies; Korean Studies; Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish; Latin American Studies; Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies; Library & Information Science; Linguistics; Mathematics; Medical Anthropology; Medieval & Renaissance Studies; Music: Composition, Conducting, Musicology, Performance, Theory; Neuroscience; Organizational Studies; Philosophy; Physics; Pre-Dental: Early Assurance with University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine; Pre-Health; Pre-Law: 3+3 joint degree with Albany Law School; Pre-Medicine: Early Assurance with Albany Medical College, Early Assurance with SUNY Upstate Medical University; Pre-Occupational Therapy: Preferred Acceptance with Sage Graduate School; Pre-Optometry: Seven-year joint degree with SUNY College of Optometry; Pre-Physical Therapy: Guaranteed Acceptance with Sage Graduate School; Pre-Physician Assistant: Early Assurance with Albany Medical College; Psychology; Religious Studies; Rhetoric & Communication; Russian & Eastern European Studies; Sociology; Spanish: Hispanic Literatures & Cultures, Spanish Language, Linguistics & Teaching; Statistics; Sustainability; Theatre; U.S. Latino Studies; Urban Studies & Planning; Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Accounting; Business Administration: Entrepreneurship, Financial Analyst Honors Program, Finance, Information Technology Management, Management, Marketing; Digital Forensics; Financial Market Regulation SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE Criminal Justice SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Educational Studies; Human Development: Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Peer Assistance & Leadership, Special Education COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, HOMELAND SECURITY & CYBERSECURITY Cybersecurity; Emergency Preparedness; Homeland Security COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCES Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Computer Science & Applied Mathematics: Data Analytics; Informatics: Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Information Technology, Interactive User Experience, Social Media, Software Development ROCKEFELLER COLLEGE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS & POLICY Political Science: American Politics, Global Politics, Political Theory, Public Law; Public Policy & Management: Environmental Policy, Gender, Race & Society, Human Services – Health, Education & Labor, Law & Civil Rights, Local Government, Philosophy & Ethics, Politics, Quantitative Tools, Regulation & Public Finance, Technology & Policy, Urban Issues, World Affairs SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Bio-Instrumentation; Public Health SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE Social Welfare

More Distinctions

  • UAlbany excels in all areas, from rigorous academic programs to memorable campus architecture. Ranked as a “best college for your money” by Money magazine, students thrive with big opportunities for an incredible value.

  • Criminal Justice, Public Affairs, Social Welfare, Sociology, Information Studies, Public Health, and Clinical Psychology rank in the top 100 programs nationally, giving students access to some of the best and brightest faculty in the international scholar community.

  • Named by the White House as an “engine of opportunity”, UAlbany has positioned itself as a university known for producing qualified and exceptional graduates.

Living-Learning Communities

Students can opt to live in one of 25 small communities based on a common interest or academic path. They live together, take two classes together, and enjoy a weekly lunch with their faculty mentor. Choices vary from the World of Wellbeing and Fitness to the World of Politics to the World of Zombies. Leadership opportunities also exist for students through this program, as they can apply to be World Representatives or World Ambassadors who assist in the community-building process.  


Students looking for job, internship, and fellowship opportunities use UAlbany’s online database, Handshake, to find the perfect experience for them. From part-time jobs during the semester to post-graduation, full-time positions, Handshake provides a way for students and recent alumni to connect directly with recruiters.

Pre-Professional Organizations

Students are committed to advancing their careers through 86 pre-professional student groups. With organizations like the Forensic Science club, the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, the Pre-Medical Club, the UAlbany Stock Exchange, and Women in Positions of Power, students drive their future forward by surrounding themselves with motivated individuals and meaningful networking opportunities.

Study Abroad

Students have access to 1,000+ programs across the globe in such places as China, Costa Rica, and Great Britain. Any UAlbany student can explore culture, tradition, and language through the trip of a lifetime! They can volunteer at an orphanage, research a dying language, shadow in a hospital, study from another perspective, and more. Regardless of which academic path they choose, students have many options to study with a wide selection of summer, winter, spring break, semester, and full academic year programs.  

Activities Offered

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Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook X

Top Facilities

UAlbany’s on-campus facilities enable the highest levels of learning by utilizing the most advanced technology. Students enjoy art exhibitions at the Art Museum and can dabble in the arts in the Boor Sculpture Studio. Those interested in science can get involved in throughout the Life Science Research Building or Cancer Research Center. The Massry Center for Business, a state-of-the-art facility for UAlbany’s renowned School of Business, is LEED Gold certified and home to several smart-technology classrooms.

Notable Professors

Learning from the best is a given at UAlbany. Novelist William Kennedy, a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Ironweed, passes along his knowledge of writing and the arts through his lectures. Biologist Marlene Belfort, recognized as a groundbreaking researcher in her field, developed the RNA Institute at UAlbany to enhance knowledge in RNA therapeutics. Political Scientist Victor Assal has created the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) database, a comprehensive database of terrorist organizations, through work with undergraduate Honors College students. These professors, among many other inspiring professionals, are not only accessible, but also enjoy collaboration with students on academic growth, research, and public service projects.  

Honors College

The Honors College provides a home for students who seek an academic challenge through a small community of dedicated scholars. Small, innovative classes with discussions, field experiences, debates, simulations, and group projects allow students to develop critical thinking skills. Honors Courses range in topic, covering such subjects as Weather and Climate Issues for the 21st Century, Genomics and Biotechnology, and Writing About Love and Loss.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition)  
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


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Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 73 310 300 223 156 96 140 1298

Hear from World Leaders

From Bill Nye the Science Guy to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, students experience the highest level of excellence and achievement through UAlbany’s Speaker Series. World leaders and thinkers are brought to campus each year to inspire students to reach higher and dream bigger.

Listen to Famous Authors

To enhance and celebrate writing and the arts, the NYS Writers Institute hosts approximately 40 writers each year at UAlbany, all of whom collaborate to conduct seminars, writing workshops, and readings. The University also partners with Fence Magazine, which is recognized as one of the top literary journals in the nation.

Receive Free Business Help

Students can receive free business help from the Blackstone LaunchPad center on campus, where an expert venture coach helps to turn ideas for businesses into a reality. UAlbany is one of only 25 LaunchPad-university partnerships in the nation.

Make a Difference

New York’s capital city is a diverse landscape where urban and rural meet, filled with a range of outlets for volunteer work. Local nonprofits and campus groups provide opportunities to volunteer across all areas, including teaching, health care, policy, and environmental work. Over 7,000 students participate in volunteer endeavors each year.

Get Involved

With 300+ clubs and organizations, students can choose from cultural, political, religious, academic, pre-professional, and recreational options. Competitions, fundraisers, fashion shows, cultural events and performances, dinners, and more happen each day on campus.


Coed dorms X
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Women’s dorms  
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Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Other: Disabled Student Services provides individualized services, including information on accessible housing.

Connect with Alums

UAlbany’s 176,000+ alumni network offers students a lifelong connection to a worldwide community. The UAlbany Career Advisory Network is an online database that enables students to connect with alumni professionals and ask for career advice.

On-Campus Recruitment

UAlbany students can land their dream job right from campus. The University hosts on-campus recruiting events that bring employers and students together. Dedicated to inclusivity, UAlbany job and internship fairs even label which companies are LGBTQ friendly. Companies present at on-campus recruitment have included: American National Insurance, Bloomberg, CommerceHub, CSEA, Deloitte, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Eli Lilly and Company, Enterprise, EY, FDM Group, GEICO, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, KeyBank, Macy’s, Mazzone Hospitality, MVP Healthcare, the New England Center for Children, the NYS Assembly, the NYS Department of Financial Services, the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, the NYS Department of Transportation, Northwestern Mutual, Peace Corps, PepsiCo, Sherwin-Williams, Six Flags, Spectrum, TD Bank, Travelers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Verizon, Walgreens, and more.



23,799 Total Applicants
12,944 Total Admissions
2,725 Total Freshmen Enrollment

54.39% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Mar 1
Priority date: Nov 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank Academic
GPA Standardized test scores
Character/personal qualities

Application Essay

Extracurricular activities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 500 580
SAT Math 510 590
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 26
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,470 $21,550
Fees $2,753 $2,753
Total $9,223 $24,303
Room and Board (on campus) $12,942 $12,942
Room Only $8,042 $8,042
Board Only $4,900 $4,900
Estimated Total On Campus $22,165 $37,245


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 Estimated

$11,432 First year students
$7,679 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

60% on average, the percentage of need that was met
6% of financial need students that had need fully met

$7,679 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,585 Average need-based loan