Students Say

Is SUNY Albany (UAlbany to those in the know) the perfect-sized school? Many here think so. Students describe it as “a big school numbers-wise that feels small.” Notes one student, “It has a very broad range of quality academic programs, which is very important for an undecided senior in high school.” Another adds, “If you know what you want and are motivated, the sky is the limit.” The school exploits its location in the state capital to bolster programs in political science, criminal justice, and business, and it “offers internship opportunities to college students that very few schools can.”

Overview

Applicants
21,591
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 570
SAT Math
510 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Is SUNY Albany (UAlbany to those in the know) the perfect-sized school? Many here think so. Students describe it as “a big school numbers-wise that feels small.” Notes one student, “It has a very broad range of quality academic programs, which is very important for an undecided senior in high school.” Another adds, “If you know what you want and are motivated, the sky is the limit.” The school exploits its location in the state capital to bolster programs in political science, criminal justice, and business, and it “offers internship opportunities to college students that very few schools can.” Other standout departments include psychology, Japanese studies, mathematics, and many of the hard sciences. Professors here vary widely in quality, but a surprising number “are receptive, active, and engaging”—in other words, “a lot more accessible than I would have thought for a school this big.” Teachers are especially willing to “go out of their way to help students who are interested in learning, come to class regularly, and care about their academic work.” The administration, as at most state-run schools, “is basically an over-bloated bureaucracy. Students are sent from department to department in each of their endeavors. It is advisable to avoid [the] administration if at all possible.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18.5:1
Total Faculty
1,286
with Terminal Degree
844

737
Men
549
Women
241
Minority
73
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lisa Lillian ’87
Founder and President, Hungry-Girl.com

Monte S. Lipman '86
President, Universal Republic Records

Gregory Maguire B.A. '76
best-selling author of Wicked: Life &Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
68
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

In-state tuition costs $5,870 per year and out-of-state runs $14,050 per year, with another $11,634 going towards room and board. Sixty-one percent of undergrads receive some form of aid with an average package coming in at $9,783, and 69 percent of students take out a loan at an average of $24,209 loan debt at graduation.

Bang For Your Buck

An average of sixty-two percent of all undergraduate need is met for students attending the University at Albany, and the school does an excellent job of streamlining and maintaining its online applications and forms to help students and parents centralize their paperwork (and reapply if needed). For those whose need is not entirely met via government grants and scholarships, The University at Albany Foundation’s numerous endowed scholarships and program funds are offered by specific schools, colleges or departments for both meritand need-based recipients, and can be found on the university’s website. On-campus, off-campus, and work study opportunities are all in good supply.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,190

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,544

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,504

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,209

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,988

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,870
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$14,050
Required Fees
$2,170
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,800
Transportation for Commuters
$750

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Undergrads here believe that the student body is very diverse in terms of ethnicity and also in terms of personality type; one student observes, “You have your motivated students [who] get good grades, are involved, and get amazing jobs in NYC after college. Then you have your unmotivated kids [who] complain, don’t go to class, and blame a bad grade on the professor (when really it is because they crammed the night before and didn’t go to class).” Geographically, the school is less diverse. Nearly everyone is a New York State resident, with many coming from “downstate New York”—Long Island, New York City, and Westchester County. There’s a fair amount of upstate kids as well, and “a lot of people have certain stereotypes in their heads when they first come to Albany. The Long Islander has his idea about the upstater and vice versa. After a few weeks, though, people see that these aren’t always true. I think people from anywhere get along pretty well.” The international students, who form a small but noticeable contingent, “tend to keep to themselves,” perhaps “due to a culture or language barrier.” About one-quarter of the campus population is Jewish.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
12,822
Out of State
6%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
84

Demographics

8.09%
Asian
15.08%
African-American
13.83%
Hispanic
56.29%
Caucasian
3.57%
Unknown
5.10%
International

48% female
52% male
6% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There are three distinct social orbits on the Albany campus. Some students take the initiative “by joining one of the many clubs or groups or getting involved with the student government.” Others “party for a good time,” telling us that “any night of the week you can find people to go out to the bars and clubs with you” and that “the average night ends between 2:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.” Both of these groups are likely to tell you that “there is a lot to do in Albany and the surrounding area,” including “a great arts district, tons of awesome restaurants, museums, [and] a state park.” A third, sizable group primarily complains about the cold weather and asserts that “there’s nothing to do in Albany.” The school works to excite these students with “fun programs and entertainers who come to the campus. We have had a series of comedians, rappers/ singers, guests from MTV and VH1, authors, political figures, musical performances, sporting events, spirit events, and many other things around campus.” School spirit is on the rise among all groups, we’re told. The reason? “A few years ago, the basketball team began winning, and everyone came out of the woodwork to support them—it was really a great thing to see.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
59%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
65
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
78

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Nancy Belowich-Negron

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Current psychological/educational evaluation (within the last 3 years). Documentation must state area of disability (state a diagnosis). Reasonable academic accommodations must be supported by documentation. Academic accommodations must not change the academic mission of the University nor may the accommodation decrease the academic standards of a course or plan of study. Foreign language is required for graduation. If the student had a foreign language exemption in high school, documentation must include what evaluation was used to support the exemption - - NOT just a statement on the IEP that "students disabiltiy adversely impact ability to learn a foreign languag"

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Medical documenation is sufficient for individual appointments. Psychological-Educational evaluation (completed within the last 3 years) will need to be submitted to support any academic accommodations that the student may seek. Academic accommodations must not change the academic mission of the University nor may the accommodation decrease the academic standards of a course or plan of study.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
19
Number of Religious Organizations
17

1% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Great Danes)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Great Danes)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups: Pride Alliance, URL http://www.albany.edu/~pride/

Minority Support Groups: Asian American Alliance, Fuerza Latina, African American and Latino Pre-Professional Association

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sustainability

State University of New York at Albany is leading the way through a variety of forward-thinking initiatives. Thanks to a robust recycling program, the University of Albany disposes less than1,800 tons of garbage each year. The university is a perennial participant in RecycleMania. Ongoing energy initiatives include the Change a Light campaign, and the Empire Commons electric bill program, and perhaps most exciting of all, the recent NYSERDA grant issued for the installation of solar panels on the Social Sciences building and DOE funding for a geothermal system. The 49-kilowatt solar array will save more than 50 tons of carbon emissions annually. As an ACUPCC signatory, the University of Albany will design and build all new construction projects to achieve LEED Silver or better. The newest buildings—the School of Business and the Liberty Terrace building— both are pursuing LEED Gold. The new World of Sustainability Living-Learning Community gives freshmen the opportunity to live with other students who are interested in sustainability topics like organic food, renewable energy or climate change. Many of these students join the UAlbany Students for Sustainability group—a student organization that “initiates, coordinates, and maintains student-driven sustainability projects on campus and in the local community.” For those students seeking a formal environmental education, the university offers a major in environmental sciences and sustainability courses in a wide variety of departments ranging from biology to philosophy.

Green Rating
95
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
75

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
90

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
IBM, DELL

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
1400 Washington Avene
Albany, NY 12222

Phone
518-442-5435

Email
campusvisit@albany.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center with bookstore, cafes, and lounges
SEFCU Arena
Science Library /Main Library
Performing Arts Center
University Art Museum
Students often find that a visit to the University at Albany helps them decide whether this is the university for them. Visitors can attend an information session and join a student-led tour during the academic year or the summer. The tour visits classrooms, academic and other facilities, a residence hall and a dining area. Information Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Your visit includes a Q and A session and campus tour. Please allow two hours for your visit.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cross Gates Mall/ Colonie Center Mall
Adirondacks, Berkshire, and Catskill Mountains
New York State Capitol and Plaza
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
New York State Museum
The Capital Region is a great college community. It's home to 20 colleges and some 65,000 students. The Times Union Arena in downtown Albany hosts American League hockey and concerts by artists such as The Dave Matthews Band. Downtown Albany is also the place to be for plays and musical performances or a visit to the New York State Museum. In less than two hours you can be downhill skiing on some of the best slopes in the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, the Green Mountains or the Catskills.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9 AM - 5 PM
518-442-5435

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 AM & 12 PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10 AM & 12 PM

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.ualbanysports.com/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Nearby airport is Albany Airport, Amtrack train available nearby. Bus service from New York City to campus taxis and local bus transportation. Albany Airport is 5 minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the South: I-87 (Thruway) to Exit 24; I-90 East to Exit 2; cross Washington Avenue onto campus and turn left, you are now on University Drive. From the West: I-90 (Thruway) to Exit 24; I-90 East to Exit 2; cross Washington Avenue onto campus and turn left, you are now on University Drive. From the North: I-87 (Northway) to Exit 1; I-90 East to Exit 2; cross Washington Avenue onto campus and turn left, you are now on University Drive. From the East: I-90 West to Exit 2; left onto Fuller Road; left onto Washington Avenue; first right onto campus and turn left, you are now on University Drive. From Albany International Airport: Exit the airport onto Albany-Shaker RD; Follow signs to I-87; Turn right onto I-87 South; I-87 to Exit 1; I-90 East to Exit 2; cross Washington Avenue onto campus and turn left, you are now on University Drive.

Local Accommodations
Accommodations in Albany include: Best Western Sovereign Hotel (1228 Western Ave., 518-489-2981); Courtyard by Marriott (1455 Washington Ave., 518-435-1600); CrestHill Suites (1415 Washington Ave., 518-454-0007); Days Inn (1230 Western Ave., 518-489-4423); Extended StayAmerica (1395 Washington Ave., 518-446-0680); Fairfield Inn by Marriott (1383 Washington Ave., 518-435-1800); Hilton Garden Inn (1389 Washington Ave., 518-453-1300); Holiday Inn Express (1422 Western Ave., 518-438-0001); Red Carpet Inn (1385 Washington Ave., 518-462-5562); TownePlace Suites by Marriott (1379 Washington Ave., 518-435-1900).
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Key Stats

21,591
Applicants
12,822
Size
56%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists