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University at Albany

University at Albany

University at Albany


This is the University at Albany

Named one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine, this is where you’ll learn, live, thrive, and succeed. This is excellence – at an extraordinary value.

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.

Academic excellence

Your success is our No. 1 priority. That means you’ll build your résumé before you even graduate – preparing you for wherever life takes you.

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.

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.

  • #1 Public School of Education in NY (U.S. News & World Report - 2021)
  • #19 Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs 2020 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #46 Best public health graduate schools 2019 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #2 Top Graduate Schools for Criminology - 2018 (U.S. News & World Report)

Commitment to Diversity

The University at Albany is committed to upholding an environment rich in diversity and inclusion where all members of our community are treated with dignity and respect. We recognize that this is a journey but believe that in working together, we can actively engage to identify actionable items addressing issues of campus climate.

  • Highlighted as a national leader in advancing racial equity - 2020 (Education Trust)
  • National ‘HEED’ Diversity Award 2018, 2019, 2020 (INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine)

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.

  • Top 7% Top performers in social mobility - 2021 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Top 12% Top national universities based on contributions to the public good - 2020 (Washington Monthly)
  • Top 6% Top Social Mobility Elevators - 2020 (Education Reform Now)
  • Top 2% Higher education social mobility index 2020 (CollegeNET)

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.

Campus Features

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 buildings. A new home for the School of Business awarded a LEED gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, which 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.


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 a 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.


    • #77 Top Public Colleges in the U.S. - 2021 (U.S. News & World Report)
    • #32 in the Northeast. Best Bang for the Buck Colleges - 2020 (Washington Monthly)
    • #61 Top-to-bottom rankings of U.S. public colleges - 2020 (Business First)
    • #88 America’s Best Value Colleges - 2019 (Forbes)

    • #1 Public School of Education in NY (U.S. News & World Report - 2021)
    • #19 Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs 2020 (U.S. News & World Report)
    • #46 Best public health graduate schools 2019 (U.S. News & World Report)
    • #2 Top Graduate Schools for Criminology - 2018 (U.S. News & World Report)


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