Albany, the capital city of New York on west bank of the Hudson River, has much to offer college students, both from an educational and cultural perspective.
Albany students can enjoy attractions such as the New York State Capitol and New York State Museum, or historic attractions such as the revolutionary-era Schuyler Mansion State Historic Park or Fort Orange. Established in 1624, Fort Orange was the first permanent Dutch settlement in America.
Albany also is home to a large campus of the State University of New York system, as well as several notable private colleges and universities.
Albany residents can get a variety of vocational careers started at one of the many trade and technical colleges in Albany. Vocational/practical nursing are popular programs at both the Memorial College of Nursing, Mildred Elley School's Albany campus and Maria College of Albany. Other vocational colleges in Albany include the Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology, Bryant & Stratton College, and the Branford Hall Career Institute. Medical assisting and medical billing are the most popular certificate programs at Branford Hall. At Bryant & Stratton, students can earn associate degrees in business and legal services fields, among others.
SUNY at Albany is the flagship campus of the region. The university features three campus locations in Albany and offers more than 150 academic programs. Biology, psychology, business, economics and sociology are among the many popular degree programs at the university.
Albany also is home to Excelsior College, a completely online college with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 31,000 students. Other private colleges in Albany that offer bachelor's degree programs include The College of St. Rose and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Students seeking master's and other advanced degrees can choose from several options for higher education at universities in Albany. Colleges that offer master's or doctoral degrees include the four-year universities mentioned above, as well as Albany Law School and Albany Medical College. At The College of St. Rose, the most popular master's program is in educational leadership and administration. SUNY at Albany awards the most master's degrees in business administration and social work.