Location: Albany, New York, USA.
Size: 12,822 Undergraduate Students
Percent Women: 48%
Tuition: NY State - $6,170, Out-of -State - $17,810
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences, English Language and Literature, Psychology, Biomedical Sciences and Business
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 55.7%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit the University at Albany’s website at http://www.albany.edu/
Why Choose Albany?
"Albany was a great choice for me because I am from NYC and it's only three hours away, so I am not too far from home. Also, it has a great Journalism program and since the program was fairly new and there were so many success stories, I felt that it would be a good fit for me. I also liked the cost of tuition and how pretty the campus is all year round, despite the snow and cold weather of course."
"I chose Albany because of the great Criminal justice program here".
"I chose UAlbany because it's an affordable and local option."
"Initially, the school's campus was beautiful let alone their psychology program was rigorous enough for me to want to continue to pursue my dreams of becoming a psychologist."
"I chose UAlbany because of its location; it's close to cities such as NYC and Boston so it's great for travelling around."
"The location of Albany makes it perfect for travel opportunities around New York State and beyond."
"There is a lot of diversity. There are people from all over the United States and all over the world. I like the new improvements that administration is continuing to make on this campus. The fountain is gorgeous, the new programs that they're bringing are great etc."
Five nationalities on one couch
"The fountain looks really pretty in the sun, and there's a lot of nice seating areas too. Also the Campus Center has plenty of dining options which is good."
"Albany offers many opportunities to help you when you ask for it, in many different situations."
"Some great features include sustainability efforts, classes with international students and free ITM courses available."
"The art gallery is a great because it hosts a diverse range of art work from new and well-known artists. The opportunities to attend lecture debates, movie screenings, and talks are endless with something happening at least once a week around campus."
"The fountain and the pretty scenery are one of the best things about campus. Albany also has many options for classes."
"The University provides buses to different dorms and locations on campus on a regular basis. Also your student card allows you to travel on public buses to downtown or the mall for free."
One of many FREE buses
"Although the school is diverse, lately I have been seeing a lot of race related hate on social media and that's not acceptable. I think somehow and someway there needs to be a conference that could link races together so that there is an equal understanding on this campus."
"It gets so cold during the Winter months. There a tunnels underneath the campus to make all buildings accessible without going outside but they are a bit dingy, damp and stuffy. They can get overcrowded at times and it usually takes you a lot longer to get somewhere."
"Some of the dining halls could use some improvement, they serve the same foods over and over again and there isn't much choice in the smaller ones."
"Some of the older buildings could do with some TLC, and also some halls of residence and their dining halls need revamping. A lot of the dining halls don't have that many options for food."
Dutch Quad on campus
"There should be more quiet spaces available for people to study. The libraries get full pretty quickly, especially during midterms and finals."
"Other then the dorm bathrooms being messy every other day, I don't see anything else that would need major improvements."
New Collegiette On Campus
"Join as many groups as you possibly can. You will meet some awesome people. These people would have so much in common with you because you're in the same group."
"When it's time to sign up for classes have more than one choice list. If you're a new student you're most likely a freshman or a transfer student and that puts you at the bottom of the totem poll when it comes to signing up for anything (classes and housing). Try to live in the on-campus apartments in either your Junior or Senior year. It prepares you for what life would be like after you graduate. You have to buy your groceries, cook, still do homework, budget your time so that if you don't have a car you take the bus etc. Major in what YOU want to major in. Not your mom, your dad or your other family members and friends, YOU."
"Enjoy yourself, these are the greatest 4 years you're going to have."
"Take advantage of all of the free activities and events on campus. Also, join local list services to gain info about Capital region events."
"Don't be overwhelmed by the large size of the school and number of people who attend, it really feels comfortable when you get used to it."
"Everyone is really friendly on campus, you'll always find someone new and interesting to talk to."
"Go into the experience with an open mind, and don't be afraid to put yourself out there."
All About Academics
"The academics are improving. It depends on how seriously the student takes their work in their classes."
"UALBANY's academia as a whole is very stellar. Each program department wants the best of the best. As should any school/program."
"Most classes have midterms and finals. Also the workload can be quite frequent but you can definitely get good grades if you put in the effort".
"There are two libraries on campus, the main library and the science library. They have private study spaces and also computers and printers."
"There are a large range of academic subject choices at Albany and all the departments are run to a very high quality."
"Generally academics here are good, there's plenty of courses to choose from. Also you can try something new rather than just sticking to the same subject all the time."
Learn From The Best
"Spring Semester 2015 has probably been my favorite semester in my three years at this institution. All of my journalism classes have been my favorite. It makes a difference when you're doing something you like."
"One of my favorite professors at this university is Dr. Ryan Irwin of the History Department. His classes are very challenging , but it's a rewarding experience in the end."
"Holly McKenna and Mark Marchand are great professors in the Journalism Department. They are both so approachable and easy to talk to, but also provide quality teaching and advice. It's best to learn from people who have the experience and passion in their field."
"Some of the classes I've taken have been really enjoyable, and sometimes it's because of the professors making them more appealing and interesting."
"John Palella in the Criminal Justice Department is my absolute favorite teacher I have had here. He really keeps things interesting."
"The professors are awesome, they want you to pass they don't intentionally want you to do badly."
"All of my professors this year have been great, they're all very enthusiastic and easy to talk to if you ever have a problem or need extra help. My favourite this semester has been Christopher Pastore who takes my American Environmental History class, he's so friendly and makes all the content enjoyable."
Interests and Involvement
"There is something for EVERYONE. I'm in a co-ed pre-law fraternity, Kappa Alpha Pi where I am a founder, I am a staff writer for the Albany Student Press, I am in the National Society for Collegiate Scholars."
"The student association are very good and they are very accommodating for new clubs all the time. The process was long, there were a lot of forms to fill in and things like that but it's been quite accommodating."
"It's important for students to get involved with Student Association so they can get involved on campus. The Student Association connects different mediums on campus to provide opportunities to students. It provides resources to student groups and individuals to better the student body of the whole. There are so many opportunities to get involved! Whether its applying for an internship or attending Parkfest, you can definitely get involved in some way!"
"There are a wide range of opportunities to get involved on the Albany campus, including sports teams, fraternities/sororities, clubs dedicated to any interest and also chances to get involved through volunteering."
"UA provides a myriad amount of clubs for people to join. All it takes is one meeting in order for you to be part of a wonderful community."
"I think that there are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus, there's so many societies and sports to join, you've just got to go for it and find something that you enjoy."
"I love being a Great Dane!! I try to go to every on campus game and when I can't attend I make sure to keep up with the scores on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter."
"I am not a big sports person but the games I have attended are really fun and you really feel a sense of school pride."
"Sports at UA are taken very seriously, only because we're a D1 school which ultimately means that we only accept the best of the best."
"Sports at UAlbany are huge, and there's such a range of them. People get really involved and are really supportive. There's so much school spirit which makes attending games and events more fun."
"The school usually tries to encourage students to go to games and get involved. They usually offer free tickets to students and sometimes they even give away pizza and t-shirts."
"There is no "typical" Albany girl. Everyone is different and thats what I like about this campus. There is no girl that is like another girl. It's amazing, however, how we can be so different and get along for the most part. There are many opportunities for women on campus. There are sororities to join, girl only clubs, positions in the Student Association and of course writing for and being a part of Her Campus."
"I feel that women have a lot of opportunities to get involved on campus in different clubs and sports that are tailored to them."
"There is a Women's Studies degree program at Albany and many sororities for women to get involved in to make lifelong friends. There are also clubs dedicated to women's issues and to minority groups."
Food & Drink
"The campus center is great for food and drink on campus. There's such a wide choice of places to eat and it's easy to pay with munch money or using a meal trade."
"One of my favorite places to eat is Umai Sushi. The staff are always friendly, the food is fresh and tasty and there are so many types of sushi to choose from."
"There's always such a long line for Damiens Subs. You get to decide what you want on them and they have different specials each day. They can get quite expensive though, especially if you choose all the add ons."
"There are four dining halls on campus at each dorm and one on alumni quad off campus. Everyone has their favorite but will probably just go to the nearest one for convenience. Some have different stations such as a noodle bar. However, alumni dining hall is very small and doesn't have much choice."
"One of the newest additions to the campus center is Coccadots, the cupcake shop. It's so cute in there, with so many delicious cupcakes to choose from. They also have comfy seats to eat your lunch or if you want to grab a coffee with friends."
"If you head to the downtown campus, there's a cafe which has a hidden treasure ... The best grilled cheese on campus!"
"Albany is great for bars. There are so many different ones to choose from depending on your taste and budget."
"Some of the most popular bars are the bars that have dollar beers on Tuesdays and Thursdays near Alumni Quad like Washington Tavern."
"There's usually some kind of party going on downtown, you just have to know the right people."
"Dowtown has a great choice of bars or cafes to socialize with friends".
"The social scene doesn't just include bars. There are so many campus run events that provide great opportunities to meet people."
"ISSS really helps international students to socialize and make new friends. They usually have exclusive trips or events for internationals to go to."
"Alumni Quad is great if you want to be living downtown, close to bars, restaurants and other things to do around the city. But living on campus means you skip the bus ride to classes everyday and can choose between catered or self-catered options."
"Any of the self-catered halls on campus (Empire, Liberty, or Freedom) are so great! They are a bit more expensive but definitely worth the money! You get your own room with a double bed, a living area and a kitchen as well as a lot more freedom. If you like to cook then it's the best option for you."
"There is a lot of history and culture in Albany. Only a short bus ride away is the New York State Capitol where law making for the state takes place. You can visit Empire State Plaza and go sight seeing. Also I like the malls, there's so much shopping. Albany is a laid-back city, very different from what I am used to being from NYC."
"I like the city of Albany because there are so many different parts to it and there's always something new to discover."
"I like the variety of coffee shops, local food and movie theaters."
"What I enjoy best about the city of Albany has to be the sense of closeness, the community alone is very welcoming."
"My favourite things about the city of Albany are the variety of places to go out to eat and Washington Park."
"Albany has its hidden gems. There's a lot of nice places to eat and drink downtown, and the parks are really pretty too."
"I like how diverse the city is. There's different things to do catered to different tastes. You can find most kinds of restaurants and all kinds of shops in Albany whether you are downtown or at the various malls."
HC's Complete College Guide: University at Albany
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