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University at Albany

4.1 out of 5 (13 ratings / 13 reviews) Albany, New York, United States
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 large university in an environment designed to foster individual success.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Law (1)

About

History

The University at Albany has a rich history dating back more than 170 years.In 1844, a "normal school" was founded in Albany to train teachers for a rapidly growing population. For nearly 50 years, the Normal School provided a two-year education to students from across the state.

Education

You’ll choose from over 50 undergraduate majors and more than 150 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.

Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (CURCE) is an integral part of the University at Albany in the advancement of the mission, vision, and priorities. We make a daily investment in students who are on their path to identifying and exploring opportunities that will help them to develop competencies necessary to become engaged citizens.

CURCE provides students with access to experiences that enhance student success. Our team engages students as they explore opportunities that compliment and reinforce their classroom learning through research, scholarship, and creative activities on campus, in the community, and around the world.

Career

Our services are available to both current students and alumni who have graduated within the past five years.  We also work with employers to help them connect with students.

  • Career coaches guide students through challenges related to work and the professional world, making major and career decisions, pursuing future education and life after college.
  • Employer Relations & Alumni Relations team members connect both regional and national employers to diverse student body through events, informational sessions and our Handshake system.
  • Peer Career Advisors are highly trained, competitively selected undergraduate students who review resume and cover letters, and provide basic career assistance to other undergraduates.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
751
2021
751 -50
2020
701
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
-
2021
251 100
2020
351
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
-
2020
501 -100
2019
401
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
297 1
2020
298
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Center for International Education and Global Strategy is your connection to UAlbany's International resources. If you want to participate in UAlbany's growing global community, you are always welcome.

Housing services

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.

Library services

Located on the west side of the academic podium, University Library houses collections as well as reference services, computer stations, study spaces, information literacy classes and much more.

Located in this building are:

  • Collections for social sciences, humanities and business
  • Reference services
  • Information literacy classes
  • Computer stations
  • Large areas of study space

ICT services

ITS offers numerous tools for teaching and learning and conducting University business from anywhere with an Internet connection. Campus technology resources can keep students, faculty and staff connected regardless of physical location.

Medical services

Student Health Services supports the academic performance and lifelong wellness of University at Albany students by providing compassionate, student-centered, quality health care, which is inclusive and respects the uniqueness of each individual.

Student Life

Campus life

The University’s main campus was designed in 1961-62 by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone.

The Downtown Campus 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 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 GenNY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.

Sports facilities

Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing and intramural areas. John Fallon Field, dedicated to UAlbany men’s and women’s lacrosse, has seating capacity of 2,500. The Tom and Mary Casey Stadium, home to football and men's and women's soccer, opened in the fall of 2013.

Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. 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.

Student clubs

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.

Accreditation

The University is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State, which has registered all of its degrees and programs and fully approved its professional programs through the State Education Department.

Student Reviews

My likes and dislikes at UAlbany
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The teaching was quite great. There are students from different parts of the world. I liked the underground tunnels to avoid the cold, but you can get lost sometimes at first. What I didn't like was how cold it was, how expensive it was and how it doesn't have much scholarship/aid opportunities for international students. The dorms were quite cold too.

The greatness of SUNY Albany!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience at Albany paved the way for me to grow academically and personally as a young adult. I believe the school has amazing staff, accommodations, and resources to help each and every student thrive in their college years. I enjoyed my undergrad experience and will always be grateful for the classes and teachings I got to learn by the intelligent faculty.

Blessings
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have enjoyed my experience at the University at Albany. It has a great community with reach diversity and caring members. As a student, I am involved in multiple students organizations and work for different departments including residential life, international education, education opportunity programs, and Interfaith. As much as I enjoy being at this university, I am...

Albany, New York, United States

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