- Class: Senior
- Major: Political Science
- Gender: F
- High School:
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about UAlbany for me is its closeness to the state's capitol. This provides for a ton of opportunities for government, law and business majors- though few students realize this and benefit from it. The school is huge, but that is not necessarily bad. Once you find what you want to study and what clubs to join, the school shrinks. And there are always new people to meet in classes and in bars. People usually are surprised when I say I go to UAlbany, assuming that someone as put together and bright as myself should have gone someplace better. Albany is a SUNY and is therefore a great value. For most albany students, cost is the bottom line. There is little school pride, most people have no idea what is going on on-campus outside of their social circle. The student body is incredibly apathetic. These are facts the school administration has done little to eradicate. I would go as far as to say the school's administration embraces the apathy on campus because it means the students are also not reacting to them.
Professors who teach general education, or lower level courses at Albany are painful and useless. However, those within my department were ideal teachers- challenging and interesting. The classes were fascinating with enough work to make you feel like you learned something but not that you were overwhelmed. Some professors enjoy the fact that the student body is apathetic and take that as a ticket to be a poor instructor.
The student body is diverse but few mix. You hang out with people who are similar to you. There is no effort from the school to change this.
The Best Things
The city of Albany, and the ease at which you can meet new people.
The Worst Things
The apathy of the students and the administration.