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Albany, NY 12222
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SUNY at Albany

SUNY at Albany Rating: 4.3/5 (23 votes)

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Introduction

The State University of New York (SUNY) is a 64-campus system with a total enrollment of more than 413,000. The University at Albany is the oldest SUNY school, with locations in and around the city of Albany serving more than 17,000 students and occupying nearly 600 acres of land. There are nearly a thousand faculty members on staff.

History

The university has been in existence since it was founded as the New York State Normal School in 1844. The SUNY system was officially founded in 1948 when 29 different colleges statewide were consolidated into a single university system.

The mission statement for the university as a whole states that, “The mission of the state university system shall be to provide to the people of New York educational services of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative of all segments of the population in a complete range of academic, professional and vocational postsecondary programs including such additional activities in pursuit of these objectives as are necessary or customary.”

Academics

There are ten colleges and schools on the Albany campus. They include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences With 23 departments, 56 majors, and 17 minors, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest on campus. A large number of research centers operate out of this college, including such unique programs as the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, the Institute of Biomolecular Stereodynamics, and the New York Latino Research and Resources Network. Graduate programs through the College of Arts and Sciences include a Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Regional Planning, Doctor of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy.
  • College of Computing and Information One of the newest colleges on campus, the College of Computing and Information supports educational research and programs through a series of private and public partnerships. Departments of the college include Infomatics, Information Studies, and Computer Science.
  • Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy Degree programs through the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy span a range of public policy and information. Academic strengths in the college include research centers in Women in Government and Civil Society, International Development, Legislative Development, and more.
  • School of Business First founded in 1970, the School of Business offers Bachelor of Science degrees in finance, management, technology, and information technology management fields. It also includes a specialized honors program in Financial Analysis. The School of Business has a particularly strong graduate school and welcomes students from around the world in their MBA programs.
  • College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is considered to be one of the very best nanoscience schools in the world. Students have the opportunity to work with supercomputer facilities among scientists from the largest and most influential nanotech corporations in the world.
  • School of Criminal Justice Founded in the 1960’s, this school has been so influential that Ph.D. programs across the country study the “Albany model”. Interactions among criminal justice systems, societal reactions to crime, and other sociological considerations figure prominently in the education here.
  • School of Education One of the largest sections of the university, the School of Education offers more than 30 graduate degree programs through the following departments: Educational and Counseling Psychology, Education Theory and Practice, Educational Administration, and Reading. Students assist in providing services to dozens of regional school districts. There are, however, no bachelor’s programs at the School of Education.
  • School of Public Health There are also no bachelor’s programs at the School of Public Health. Graduate degrees include a Masters of Public Health, a Masters of Science and a Ph.D. The four departments within the school at Epidemiology & Statistics; Biomedical Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences; and Management & Behavior.
  • School of Social Welfare Considered one of the best social work schools in the nation, the School of Social Welfare is home to the Center for Excellence in Aging Services, the Social Work Education Consortium, and the Child Welfare, Drug Abuse, and Intergenerational Risk Research Center. The school offers bachelor, masters, and Ph.D. programs in a wide range of specialities.
  • The Honors College Students pursuing bachelor degrees who excel in academics may apply for The Honors College. Enrollees take classes from a specialized curriculum across many subjects in conjunction with a small group of fellow students. A number of social and educational opportunities are facilitated by the college outside of the classroom as well.

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Admissions

Specific admissions requirements to a SUNY campus vary with the campus and with the program. The doctoral granting institutions, including Albany, are the most selective, with the SAT scores for the middle 50% generally over 1100 and high school grades for the middle 50% in the B+ range. The university uses a common application with the other schools in the SUNY system.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and employment. 75% of the students in the system receive some form of financial aid. Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Federal Student Financial Aid Form, available on-line.

Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships or fellowships are available and about the details of the application process.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3744th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The campus is residential, with a rich student life. The independent student newspaper is known as the Albany Student Press and serves not only the student body, but the surrounding community as well. The culture of the campus puts a strong emphasis on sustainability, cultural exchange, and community service. School colors are purple and gold.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department competes in the NCAA Division I in a large number of sports. Teams are known as the Great Danes. In addition to university-funded teams, there is also a Student Association-funded competitive crew team and recreational rugby, hockey, fencing, and more.

Information Summary

Ranks 68th in New York and 603rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 355th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 7 0.04
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 2 0.01
Burglary 19 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 100 0.58

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 582 0.59
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
Forcible Rape 33 0.03
Robbery 320 0.33
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 895 0.91
Larceny 3,514 3.57
Vehicle theft 202 0.21

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3620

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1124th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,870 $5,870 $16,190
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,170 $2,170 $2,170
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $675
FT Graduate Tuition $9,870 $9,870 $18,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,385 $1,385 $1,385
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $765
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,419 $22,419 $32,739
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,863 $20,863 $31,183
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,113 $11,113 $21,433

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,172 $7,563 $7,172 $7,563 $15,282 $16,043
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,958 $11,276
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,432 $1,478
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,750(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,732 $1,828
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,732 $1,828

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 21,178 (10,445 male / 10,733 female)
Admitted 11,744 (6,015 male / 5,729 female)
Admission rate 55%
First-time Enrollment 2,568 (1,323 male / 1,245 female)
FT Enrollment 2,562 (1,320 male / 1,242 female)
PT Enrollment 6 (3 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment17,338

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Basketball Conference America East
NCAA Baseball Conference America East
NCAA Track & Field Conference America East

ACT Test Admission

601st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 26%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

SAT Test Admission

499th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1010 / 1190

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,850
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,184
Board Fee$4,450

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 249 376 334 209 9 2,785 258 4,293
Accounting 20 5 14 14 1 152 7 214
Accounting and Related Services, Other
African-American/Black Studies 21 2 1 2 27
Anthropology 1 2 38 5 49
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 7 1 10
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2 3 1 36 6 51
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 1 14 15
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 18 9 20 1 78 8 137
Biology Teacher Education 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4 18 11 26 107 11 183
Business Administration and Management, General 33 12 17 24 200 15 308
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 3 3 1 38 4 51
Chinese Language and Literature
Chinese Studies 3 5 9
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 2 12 2 17
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 2
Computer and Information Sciences, General 21 2 5 49 12 89
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 2
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5 7 13 8 99 7 141
Curriculum and Instruction 1 4 5
Demography and Population Studies
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 1 9 2 15
Economics, General 44 22 15 17 1 98 11 212
Economics, Other 1 1
Education, General 6 8 4 1 12 2 34
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Psychology 2 2 1 14 1 20
Educational/Instructional Technology 5 3 1 26 3 39
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 1 1 4 6
Engineering, General 1 1 3 5
Engineering, Other 3 1 13 17
English Language and Literature, General 2 25 20 8 1 102 23 182
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 6 7
Environmental Toxicology 3 2 1 18 1 25
Epidemiology 2 3 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 5 3 13 1 22
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 3 2 1 4 10
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 7 8
Geography 1 2 1 2 1 14 21
History, General 4 8 1 144 12 173
Information Science/Studies 2 6 3 68 7 86
Italian Language and Literature 1 1 2
Japanese Language and Literature 1 3 6 10
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Journalism 9 4 25 3 42
Latin American Studies 9 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 1 3
Library and Information Science
Linguistics 1 3 2 6 12
Materials Science
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 3
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 9 5 2 3 12 32
Mathematics, General 8 5 7 5 51 3 79
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 1 3 1 5
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 31 12 13 127 12 205
Music, General 1 6 7
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 2 2
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 1 1 2
Philosophy 2 1 16 1 21
Physics Teacher Education 1 1
Physics, General 1 1 3 2 16 3 26
Political Science and Government, General 6 17 18 11 1 104 9 169
Psychology, General 5 29 35 11 1 252 17 359
Public Administration 15 1 1 4 48 3 72
Public Health, General 2 9 3 2 53 6 76
Public Health, Other
Public Policy Analysis, General 4 3 3 2 26 1 39
Public/Applied History 1 1
Reading Teacher Education 6 98 4 108
Rhetoric and Composition 8 27 18 6 1 137 15 215
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
School Psychology 8 8
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Sciences, General
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 7 1 9
Social Work 4 18 11 2 109 5 151
Sociology 2 47 33 3 149 21 261
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 2
Spanish Language and Literature 12 11 23
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 29 2 33
Special Education and Teaching, Other 1 1 4 6
Statistics, General 2 2 4 3 11
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 6 6
Taxation 2 1 2 17 2 24
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 3 1 1 24 2 32
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 4 5
Women's Studies 2 4 3 10 19

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 311th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $94,350 ($102,975 male / $86,960 female)
Number of FT Faculty 606 (373 male / 233 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,087
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $48,093,812
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