University at Albany--SUNY

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1400 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12222

Phone: (518) 442-3300
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. National Universities

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University at Albany--SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1844. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,875, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 128. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,140 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,460 (2013-14).

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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Strategically located in the state capital of New York, the University at Albany is an internationally recognized public research institution that brings "The World Within Reach" to more than 17,300 students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The varied perspectives and life experiences of a student body and faculty representing more than 100 nations provide a diversity that enriches learning at UAlbany.

Students choose from 118 undergraduate majors and minors and 114-plus graduate programs. Many of these programs are ranked among the best in the nation. UAlbany's programs in criminal justice, nanoscience and engineering, information and technology management, public finance and policy, social welfare, clinical and counseling psychology, reading, accounting and atmospheric science have earned national renown for excellence.

In every area of study, students are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers. Many faculty members are actively engaged in life-enhancing research that contributes profoundly to the public good. As mentors, they provide numerous research opportunities, inspiring students to advance their skills and aspirations. UAlbany's Honors College offers opportunities for students to achieve at the highest levels.

More than 500 study abroad programs, available through the University and SUNY networks, expand the worldview of students and prepare them for the global economy. The location of UAlbany in the Capital Region of New York provides extensive opportunities for internships and public service through which students gain valuable experience and contribute to the greater community.

Both the UAlbany campus and the region are bustling with extracurricular activities. Students participate in more than 200 student clubs, honor societies, and other campus related groups, and choose from a busy calendar of campus events, including spirited Division I competition in 19 sports and a rich array of cultural activities. UAlbany athletic teams have won 63 conference championships and produced 26 NCAA tournament teams in 14 years of Division I history.

Since its founding in 1844, UAlbany has graduated generations of leaders in all fields. UAlbany graduates join a network of more than 159,000 alumni making a profound difference around the globe.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1844
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $35,190,378


When applying to University at Albany--SUNY, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at University at Albany--SUNY is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 55.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.5%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University at Albany--SUNY is 20:1, and the school has 22.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University at Albany--SUNY include: Social Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; Psychology; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 24%
English Language and Literature/Letters 15%
Psychology 13%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11%

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Student Life

University at Albany--SUNY has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,875, with a gender distribution of 52.1 percent male students and 47.9 percent female students. At this school, 58.1 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41.9 percent of students live off campus. University at Albany--SUNY is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 17,316
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University at Albany--SUNY offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University at Albany--SUNY also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University at Albany--SUNY.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University at Albany--SUNY, 61.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,424.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,140 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,460 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,634 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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