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Undergrad Profile

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

What does this mean to you? Being premier means we are one of four university centers in the SUNY system. We have nationally ranked programs like Criminal Justice, Sociology, Atmospheric Sciences, Informatics, Business, Public Administration, Social Welfare, and Public Health, to name a few. 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. You will have access to learning from professors who are distinguished in their field. UAlbany is interdisciplinary by design. You can major in Criminal Justice and minor in Sociology. Crossing disciplines gives you access to over 150 programs to take advantage of and strengthen your degree. UAlbany will prepare you to pursue careers in a wide range of professions and enter top graduate, law, and medical schools. Recent additions to our academic programs include Computer Engineering, Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness, Digital Forensics, Financial Market Regulation, and Public Health. UAlbany has the first-ever-in-the-nation College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cyber Security. 

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 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. 

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 Med and a unique partnership with Albany Law School for our graduates. We are only two hours from New York City, Boston, and Montreal.

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 1,000 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. 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 nearly 8,000 students. Nearly all 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 Living Learning Communities in your freshman year that give you the opportunity to choose from over 25 different communities and allow you 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 kind of community service.

UAlbany has 200+ student-run clubs and organizations—from pre-professional organizations to Ultimate Frisbee and everything in between. You will have access to an 850-acre private wilderness retreat in the Adirondacks that can be accessed year round! UAlbany also has D-I sports and a winning tradition in America East. 

At UAlbany you’re getting 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. 

An alumni network 170,300 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 premier 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 170,300 alumni making a difference around the world.

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UAlbany Facts

COSTS 2016-2017:

NYS Resident Tuition: $6,470

Non-NYS Resident Tuition: $21,550

Room, Board, and Fees: $15,735



12,908 undergraduates

4,270 graduate students

2,725 new freshmen

1,400 new transfers



Applications: 23,700

Average GPA: 91.6

Mid-Range Old SAT (CR+M): 1070-1240

Mid-Range New SAT (ERW+M): 1140-1310

Mid-Range ACT: 23-28

TOEFL Requirement: 79 iBT/213 CBT/550 PBT

IELTS Requirement: 6.0 band score



2.5 for most programs



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