SUNY At Albany

SUNY At Albany

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, commonly known as the University at Albany, is a public university located in the capital of New York State. It is the senior campus of the State University of New York system. It was founded in 1844. SUNY at Albany consists of three campuses which are the Uptown and Downtown campuses in the city of Albany and one campus in East Greenbush, just east of Albany. It offers more than 180 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Computing and Information
  • College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
  • School of Business
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • School of Education
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Welfare
  • The Honors College

Great Dane is the official mascot of SUNY at Albany.

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SUNY at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany , NY 12222
General Phone: (518) 442-3300

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University at Albany Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,754Latin American studies, Russian studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, Chinese language, Russian language, French language, Italian language, ...
Business and Management640business management, accounting, organizational behavior, taxation
Education and Teaching411education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, elementary/middle school admin, special ed, school counseling, agricultural teaching, English teaching, foreign language teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling407psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, psychobiology, educational psychology, psychology courses
Family and Social Work308public administration, public policy analysis, social work
Science285biology, toxicology, epidemiology, biological and biomedical sciences, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Computer Science and Engineering127computer and info science, information science
Security and Law Enforcement113criminal justice and safety
Mathematics104mathematics, statistics, mathematics and statistics
Medicine80public health
Drama and Performing Arts24drama
Engineering21materials science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy18vocational counseling
Architecture and Planning13urban planning
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy, Jewish studies
Art Studies9art studies
Conservation and Resource Management4conservation

Number of programs and degrees for University at Albany in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,36255
Bachelor's degree2,73438
Doctor's degree15137
Post-master's certificate8714

University at Albany Student Body

In 2007-2008, University at Albany had a total enrollment of 17,684 students (16,468 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 71%
Graduate 29%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 8%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 26%
20-21 29%
22-24 19%
25-29 11%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York91%
New Jersey2%
(International Students)2%
State unknown1%

University at Albany Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 50 %

University at Albany Room and Board (2007)

University at Albany offers campus housing for 7,400 of its 16,468 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Albany, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University at Albany Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500590
SAT Math510610
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT22%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University at Albany Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,078
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,338
Room and board $ 9,778
Room charge $ 6,052
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,726
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,792

Financial Aid:
University at Albany participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 283500)

University at Albany Faculty

University at Albany has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track10274
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3348

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$102,7582*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year167$119,57035$111,645
Associate professoracademic year125$84,79579$81,724
Assistant professoracademic year94$73,12887$64,022
Lectureracademic year15$66,72620$53,396
All faculty totalacademic year401$95,867221$76,930

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University at Albany Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northeast Conference
Basketball America East
Baseball America East
Track America East

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports245983

University at Albany Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Materials Science

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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