University at Albany—SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1844. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,508, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 610 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University at Albany—SUNY's ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 140. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,756 (2018-19); out-of-state tuition and fees are $24,436 (2018-19).

The University at Albany, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is an institution that offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and about 120 master's programs, including those in the schools of education and business. Many of UAlbany's graduate programs are highly ranked, including criminal justice, social work and specialties offered in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Ever since the school's early history, students and faculty have embraced Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, as their symbol. Minerva appears on the school seal, and a 7-foot plaster statue of her has stood on campus for more than 100 years.

UAlbany students get involved on campus by exploring more than 200 clubs, including several fraternities, sororities and recreational sports teams. Serious student athletes can choose from nearly 20 varsity teams, named the Great Danes, which compete in the NCAA Division I within various conferences. Notable Albany alumni include Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a major political office in America and the subject of the movie "Milk," starring Sean Penn.


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About Albany
ocated 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 large university in an environment designed to foster individual success.
Academic Excellence
You’ll choose from over 150 undergraduate programs and more than 125 graduate programs that prepare you to succeed in a wide range of fields. In every area of study, you’ll be 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 numerous student-research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, inspiring you to advance your skills and aspirations. Nationally Renowned Programs 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,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks 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. Career Preparation UAlbany prepares you to pursue careers in a wide range of professions and enter top graduate, law or medical schools. You’ll have access to internships and career preparation in Fortune 500 businesses and in every field, plus early assurance options with Albany Medical Center and a unique partnership with Albany Law School. Recent additions to our academic offerings include some of the most in-demand programs today, such as computer engineering, homeland security, emergency preparedness, digital forensics, financial market regulation and public health. Strategic Location The Capital Region of New York State has the highest employment rate in Upstate New York, and is home to bustling industries like government, technology, business, healthcare and education. The University's location provides you with limitless opportunities for internships and public service through which you will gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch a successful career.
Our Campuses
Three distinct campuses, a multitude of opportunities The Uptown Campus The University’s main campus, located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, was designed in 1961-62 by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone. The campus reflects Stone’s signature style of bold unified design, expressed by its towers, domes, fountains, soaring colonnades and sweeping canopy. The result is dramatically different from the dispersed buildings and disparate architectural styles of most traditional university campuses. A consistent flow of new construction has expanded the Uptown Campus in the last decade, adding new science and art facilities and administration building. A new home for the School of Business, awarded a LEED gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, opened in the fall of 2013. Expansion and major renovations have completely refurbished the University's Entry Plaza, main fountain, 20-story Carillon and the Campus Center. The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, boasting several theatres, recital halls and rehearsal instructional space; the University Art Museum, one of the finest regional museums in the Northeast; and the New York State Writers Institute, a broad educational base for readers and writing students promoting the literary arts. Other special facilities on the Uptown Campus include a National Weather Service meteorological laboratory, a linear accelerator for physics research, and a cutting-edge data center that supports high-performance computing and networking. The hub of student activity is the Campus Center, which includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options. Housing Each of four residence quads on the Uptown Campus house approximately 1,200 students and include eight, three-story halls and a 23-story tower. Each quad includes lounges and recreational areas and three quads contain dining facilities. Nearby Freedom Apartments has apartment-style living, and Empire Commons provides single-room apartment-style living for 1,200 students. Liberty Terrace, an architecturally award-winning, environmentally friendly living complex, provides another 500 apartment-style beds. Housing is also available on Alumni Quad, located near the Downtown Campus. Athletic Facilities Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing and intramural areas including Alumni Turf Field, home to UAlbany’s field hockey team. John Fallon Field, dedicated to UAlbany men’s and women’s lacrosse, has seating capacity of 2,500. The 8,500-seat Tom and Mary Casey Stadium, home to football and men's and women's soccer, opened in the fall of 2013. The following year, UAlbany opened the new home venue for the school’s championship track and field program. It features a nine-lane track surface, and complete reconditioning of the natural turf infield for field events. Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex with whirlpools and other rehabilitative equipment, two main locker rooms and several smaller team locker rooms. All facilities are handicapped accessible and have designated seating areas for handicapped spectators. The Physical Education Center includes a pool, locker rooms, weight and wrestling rooms, a dance studio, and basketball, handball and squash courts. The Downtown Campus The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, is a classic Georgian-style complex that served from 1909-66 as the main campus. Recently renovated, it houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Social Welfare and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Health Sciences Campus The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex purchased in 1996 and located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region's booming bioscience research and high-tech centers. Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.


Student Life:

Opportunities Abound
At UAlbany, you won’t just live – you’ll thrive. Get involved in our 250+ clubs and organizations, root on our 18 NCAA Division I athletics teams, and explore off campus in our great college town or further afield in the great outdoors. Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find it here.
Student Life
The Division of Student Affairs Preparing Students to Live, Learn and Lead
The seventeen departments within the Division of Student Affairs provide essential programs and services dedicated to helping the more than 17,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at the University succeed.
Through our programs, services and activities, we foster an accessible, inclusive, culturally diverse learning environment that helps prepare students not only for careers after they graduate, but also as contributing members of a diverse and global society.
The Division of Student Affairs creates an inclusive student experience that promotes academic success, social engagement, personal growth, and resilience. The Division strives to advance the University’s commitment to excellence by preparing students to live, learn, and lead in an increasingly complex, diverse, and global society.
Living On-Campus
The University at Albany offers a host of living options for incoming students. Freshmen students live in traditional residence halls on either Indian or State Quad, which feature double occupancy and suite-style floor plans.
For second-year students and higher, the housing options include apartment-style living in Freedom Apartments, Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace.
See how Liberty Terrace provides students with an environmentally friendly living environment. (Video)
Other options include Dutch and Colonial Quad, with more suite-style living arrangements, the downtown area Alumni Quad, a popular destination for international students and students with internships.
Students can also sign up for living-learning communities, which offers students a unique opportunity to connect classroom learning with residential life by pairing on-campus housing with students who share similar academic goals and interests.
All housing options feature a host of standard amenities, including cable television, telephone and internet access, multiple dining options, fitness and wellness centers, as well as mail and laundry services.
Learn more about living On-Campus at UAlbany.
Living Off-Campus
Students living off-campus while attending the University at Albany are provided a unique opportunity to experience everything the Capital Region has to offer, while bus and mass transit services get you where you need to go.
For students living off-campus, UAlbany has created a free housing registry service to provide students up-front with rental information and contract details. You can also connect with other students who are seeking roommates or sign up to be notified when rentals matching what you are looking for become available.
UAlbany students are also able to set up 'podium points' on their SUNYCard, which can be used at more than 40 off-campus businesses, including restaurants, pharmacies and gas stations.
Many students who live downtown take part in internships in the City of Albany, the seat of New York State Government.
UAlbany students are also known to engage with the community-at-large and build stronger ties by taking part in neighborhood clean-up or volunteering efforts through the Office of Personal Safety & Off Campus Affairs.

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