The University at Albany is a premier public research university offering over 150 academic programs, including unique opportunities in Homeland Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness, Digital Forensics, Financial Market Regulation, Public Health, and more. Our graduates are sought after by employers as well as graduate and professional schools.


UAlbany Facts

COSTS 2017–2018:
New York State resident tuition: $6,470
Non-New York State resident tuition: $21,550
Room, board, and fees: $16,344

13,139 undergraduates
4,234 graduate students
2,725 new freshmen
1,370 new transfers

Applications: 24,900
Average GPA: 91/3.5
Mid-range SAT (ERW+M): 1130–1300
Mid-range ACT: 22–27

3.1 (minimum 2.5 for most programs)

Nearly 60% of classes have fewer than 30 students.

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At UAlbany, you’ll live and learn in New York’s capital city, surrounded by expert faculty and individuals from around the globe all working toward your personal and professional success. Being a public university means we value diversity and inclusion. We pride ourselves on service engagement and have instilled in our students the importance to care for your community. UAlbany is interdisciplinary by design. You can major in Criminal Justice and minor in Sociology. Crossing disciplines allows you to take advantage of multiple fields while strengthening your degree. 

The University at Albany provides you with an outstanding education at an exceptional value. You’ll study in top-ranked academic programs, receive personal attention, be part of a community, and get all the career prep you can handle—all without the debt of a private education.

Academic excellence
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 consistently recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked as one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes and as a “Best College For Your Money” by Money. U.S. News & World Report ranks UAlbany among the “Best Colleges in the US” and ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including Information and Technology Management, Library and Information Studies, Nonprofit Management, Public Affairs, Public Finance and Budgeting, Public Health, Public Management Administration, Public Policy Analysis, Social Work, and Sociology.

A great location
Located in New York’s capital city, UAlbany is the only public university in this area—an area that boasts a diverse and vibrant economy. This region has the highest employment rate in Upstate New York and is home to bustling industries like government, technology, business, health care, and education, to name a few. This means our students will have access to internships and career preparation in Fortune 500 businesses and in every field. UAlbany has early assurance programs with Albany Medical College and a unique partnership with Albany Law School for our graduates. 

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 Capitol, 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—many 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 1,000 study abroad programs available through UAlbany and the SUNY Study Abroad Consortium.

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. 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. The newly renovated and expanded Campus Center provides students with a greater atmosphere for dining, entertainment, and engagement. UAlbany’s Division I facilities include Casey Stadium, an 8,500-seat football and soccer stadium; Fallon Field, one of the nation’s few lacrosse-only fields; an Olympic-caliber track & field facility; and 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 nearly 8,000 students. Most freshmen and sophomores 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. We also offer over 20 different Living-Learning Communities that give you the opportunity to live with like-minded individuals while providing you with an instant sense of community.

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 type of community service.

UAlbany has 250+ student-run clubs and organizations—from pre-professional organizations to Ultimate Frisbee and everything in between. You even have access to an 850-acre private wilderness retreat in the Adirondacks that can be accessed year round. UAlbany also has D-I sports with a winning tradition in the America East Conference. 

An alumni network 176,000 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 the nation’s top recording label, Republic Records (Ariana Grande, Post Malone, The Weeknd); 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 176,000 alumni making a difference around the world.

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