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Undergrad Profile

Located in New York’s capital city, the University at Albany offers more than 17,000 students the expansive opportunities of a major research university and an environment designed to foster success.


Outstanding faculty, an innovative curriculum, student-centered services, and rich diversity characterize the UAlbany experience. If you are interested in building a strong foundation for your future, discover the ways in which UAlbany can help get you there.

Academic excellence
From business to molecular biology to informatics, our programs open doors to new pathways. Undergraduates choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors that prepare them to pursue careers in a wide range of professions and enter top graduate, law, and medical schools. Recent additions to our academic programs include digital forensics, financial market regulation, and public health. Students can expand their options through double majors, interdisciplinary studies, and the design of individual student-initiated majors. More than 30 accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs are available.

In every area of study, students are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers—many actively engaged in life-enhancing research that contributes profoundly to the public good. As mentors, they provide students with opportunities to participate in research and inspire students to advance their skills and aspirations.

The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges.” U.S.News & World Report ranked many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work. And our School of Business ranked first in the nation for two consecutive years for M.B.A. job placement, achieving 100% the last three years.

A great location
As New York’s capital city, Albany is an influential center of government and a growing high-tech region dubbed Tech Valley. UAlbany’s premier location offers students extensive opportunities for internships, jobs, and public service.

The Capital Region is home to 20 colleges with more than 65,000 students, assuring you will always find plenty to do. Among Albany’s attractions are the New York State Museum and the Times Union Center, a major Northeast entertainment and sports venue. Close by are the Berkshires, the Catskills, Saratoga Springs, and the Adirondacks—areas famed for recreational and cultural opportunities. You are also just a short drive or train ride from Boston, New York City, and Montreal. UAlbany is easily accessible too; Albany International Airport is within a 10-minute drive, and bus and rail terminals are also nearby. The New York State Thruway and two major interstate highways intersect one mile from our main campus.

Global perspectives
In today’s world, global awareness and knowledge are crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy. At UAlbany you can expand your world-view with more than 600 study abroad programs available through UAlbany and SUNY networks.

UAlbany’s student body and faculty represent more than 100 nations. Their varied perspectives and life experiences also greatly enrich the international dimensions of campus learning.

21st century facilities
State-of-the-art facilities support the excellence of our programs. Our Life Sciences Research Building and Cancer Research Center offer laboratories and high-tech instruments that advance learning and research in the sciences. The new $64 million home of our School of Business offers a world-class learning and entrepreneurial environment.

Our University Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, and Boor Sculpture Studio nurture and showcase the visual and performing arts. A newly renovated and expanded student center will create a greater atmosphere for student leadership, dining, entertainment, and engagement.

UAlbany’s Division I facilities include an 8,500-seat football and soccer stadium, an Olympic-caliber track & field facility, one of the nation’s few lacrosse-only fields, and the SEFCU Arena.

A vibrant and engaged campus
Living on campus is one of the best ways to take advantage of all that UAlbany offers. We have a range of housing options that accommodate 7,700 students. Most freshmen live in quad residence halls, which feature fitness centers and new dining halls offering a smorgasbord of culinary choices. Upperclassmen can live in apartment-style housing, including Empire Commons and Liberty Terrace, UAlbany’s first certified-LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold facility.

Public engagement is deeply embedded in our culture, and our efforts have earned national recognition. Whether through courses or personal volunteerism, more than 7,400 students perform some kind of community service.

UAlbany offers more than 200 clubs and student organizations. Whether you’re interested in exploring intramurals, opportunities at a radio station, or various service organizations, you’re sure to find a club that suits you. And if you don’t, that’s okay—you can always start your own through the Student Association, our undergraduate student government.

The busy calendar of campus events includes everything from concerts and speaker series to cultural events and spirited Division I athletic competition in 19 sports. UAlbany’s marching and pep bands add to the excitement at football and basketball games. You’ll find it’s great to be a Great Dane!

An alumni network 166,000 strong
Since our founding in 1844, UAlbany has graduated generations of leaders in all fields. Our alumni include Monte and Avery Lipman, founders, CEO, and COO of one of the world’s premiere recording labels (Jesse J, Florida Georgia Line, Drake), Republic Records; Secretary of the Army John McHugh; and trailblazing neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg, winner of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.” Today UAlbany has a global network of more than 166,000 alumni making a difference around the world.

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• 12,929 undergraduates
• 4,344 graduate students
• 2,525 new freshmen
• 1,350 new transfers
• Students from 48 states and 96 countries
• 52% female, 48% male
• 15% African American
• 8% Asian
• 51% Caucasian
• 14% Hispanic

Accepted Freshman Profile (2015):
• Applications: 22,300
• Average GPA: 91.4
• Mid-range SAT (CR+M): 1090–1240
• Scholarships: Over $2.2 million awarded to enrolling freshmen for fall 2015

Student-Faculty Ratio: 18:1

Median Class Size: 26

Faculty: 606 full-time and 680 part-time faculty

Libraries: Three separate facilities housing more than two million volumes

America East Division I Athletics:
• Baseball
• Basketball (m+w)
• Cross-country (m+w)
• Field Hockey (w)
• Indoor Track (m+w)
• Lacrosse (m+w)
• Soccer (m+w)
• Softball
• Tennis (w)
• Track & Field (m+w)
• Volleyball (w)
• Football (Colonial Athletic Association)
• Golf (w) (MAAC)

Costs (2015–2016):
• NYS Resident Tuition: $6,470
• Non-NYS Resident Tuition: $19,590
• Room, Board, and Fees: $16,116

Popular Majors: Accounting and Business, Biology, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, History, Informatics, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology

Unique Programs: Actuarial Science, Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Bio-Instrumentation, Digital Forensics, East Asian Studies, Financial Market Regulation, Honors College, NYS Writers Institute, Public Health, Religious Studies, The RNA Institute