University at Albany--SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-5435
March 1 application deadline
March 1 accepted
University at Albany--SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1844. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,959, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 586 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University at Albany--SUNY's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 138. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,172 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,282 (2011-12).
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 seven-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 more than 10 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 (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 nearly 18,000 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 125 undergraduate majors and minors and 120-plus graduate programs. Many of these programs are nationally ranked, among them criminal justice, information technology, public administration, social welfare and sociology. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at UAlbany ranks number one in the world.
In every area of study, students are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers. Many 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 45 conference championships and produced 17 NCAA tournament teams in 12 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 152,000 alumni making a profound difference around the globe.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1844
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - suburban
2010 Endowment - $29,523,196
Selectivity - selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 47%
Application deadline - March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - March 1
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 19:1
4-year graduation rate - 55% - Medium
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Social Sciences 24% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15% Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 12% Psychology 12% History 6%