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Academics

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."

Student Body

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.

Campus Life

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."

Overview

Applicants
27,529
Acceptance Rate
54%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,232
with Terminal Degree
881

695
Men
537
Women
341
Minority
74
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Caribbean Studies.
  • Chinese Studies.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • French Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Russian Studies.
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Molecular Biochemistry.
  • Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Investments and Securities.
  • Marketing, Other.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Informatics.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Computer Teacher Education.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Instrumentation Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other.
  • Linguistics.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Public Health.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Homeland Security.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Music.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology, Other.
  • Economics, Other.
  • Geography, Other.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 2

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,224

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,608

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,217

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,555

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,224

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,070
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,660
Required Fees
$2,956
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,400
Transportation for Commuters
$500

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,640
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
13,286
Foreign Countries Represented
84

Demographics

8.58%
Asian
19.22%
African-American
17.66%
Hispanic
43.59%
Caucasian
2.14%
Unknown
4.88%
International

52% female
48% male
4% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
47%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

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
Carolyn Malloch, Director

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
210
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
17
Number of Religious Organizations
15

2% join a fraternity

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)
10 Sports

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

Student Services

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

Minority Support Groups: Asian American Alliance, Fuerza Latina, African American and Latino Pre-Professional Association https://www.albany.edu/diversityandinclusion/

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.

94/99
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
21%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

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
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
75

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
DELL, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
https://admissions.albany.edu/portal/campusvisit
Undergraduae Admissions

Address
https://admissions.albany.edu/register/info
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
The University offers Open Houses, Campus Tours, Info Sessions and Transfer Sessions and Tours. Visitors can 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. Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m, and 2:00 p.m. 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, 2PM
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times

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
Adirondack Trailways has a stop on campus. Local taxi and Uber are options. Albany International Airport is 12 minutes away. The Amtrack Station is 17 minutes away.

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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