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University at Albany Overview

University at Albany is a public institution situated in Albany, New York. Albany is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University at Albany Known For?

3,525 Undergraduate Awards
$33,363 Avg Cost After Aid
54% Acceptance Rate
  • The 5% student loan default rate at UAlbany is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UAlbany.
  • In 2017-2018, 60% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UAlbany makes roughly $51,500 a year. This is 26% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from UAlbany to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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University at Albany Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UAlbany has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#102 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#157 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#172 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UAlbany.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best International Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Most Popular Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Most Popular Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UAlbany has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#11 Best Value Colleges for Sociology College Factual
#13 Best Value Colleges for History College Factual
#19 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#36 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#42 Best Colleges for Sociology College Factual
#84 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual

Where Is University at Albany?

Location of University at Albany

Contact details for UAlbany are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
Phone: 518-442-3300
Website: www.albany.edu
Facebook: http://www.albany.edu/main/facebook.shtml
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ualbany

How Do I Get Into UAlbany?

You can apply to UAlbany online at: www.albany.edu/admissions.php

Admission Requirements for UAlbany

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UAlbany?

54% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
86% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 54%, UAlbany does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 55%, and the acceptance rate for women is 53%.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to UAlbany submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University at Albany  ( 550 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University at Albany  ( 530 to 610 )
200
800
UAlbany received ACT scores from 25% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for University at Albany  ( 22 to 26 )
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36

Can I Afford University at Albany?

$33,363 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UAlbany is $33,363. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UAlbany, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $7,172 a year. That adds up to $28,688 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UAlbany is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University at Albany Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,568 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,286 undergraduate students at UAlbany, with 12,568 being full-time and 718 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UAlbany

There are also 4,258 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,568 full-time undergraduates at UAlbany, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UAlbany

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University at Albany students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UAlbany Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,069
Black or African American 2,447
Hispanic or Latino 2,238
White 5,411
International Students 636
Other Races/Ethnicities 767

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at University at Albany. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 93 countries are represented at UAlbany. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University at Albany

756 Took All Classes Online
2,771 Took At Least One Class Online
19.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at UAlbany. In 2017-2018, 2,771 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UAlbany has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 36th most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UAlbany

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University at Albany was 19.3%. This is the #916 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UAlbany regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UAlbany majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 23%
Computer Information Systems 20%
Education 19%
Educational Administration 27%
Instructional Media Design 5%
International Education 50%
Special Education 24%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 24%
Teaching English or French 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UAlbany ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UAlbany.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Health #25
Instructional Media Design #36
Computer Information Systems #49
Teacher Education Subject Specific #56
Computer & Information Sciences #106
Education #210
Health Professions #288

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University at Albany Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 267 6 133 0 406
Computer Information Systems 244 0 153 1 398
Economics 304 3 25 5 337
General Psychology 305 0 20 0 325
Communication & Media Studies 239 0 19 2 260
Sociology 244 0 5 9 258
Accounting 154 0 82 0 236
Human Biology 197 0 0 0 197
Homeland Security 167 24 0 0 191
Social Work 34 0 148 3 185
General Biology 173 0 2 9 184
Political Science & Government 165 0 6 7 178
Criminal Justice & Corrections 121 0 39 5 165
Public Health 0 59 95 4 158
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 141 0 0 0 141
General English Literature 106 0 17 3 126
History 79 0 4 4 87
Other Education 84 0 0 0 84
Mathematics 59 0 14 8 81
Instructional Media Design 0 0 79 0 79
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 6 69 1 76
Public Administration 0 6 56 4 66
Information Technology 48 14 0 0 62
Fine & Studio Arts 45 0 17 0 62
Chemistry 35 0 13 6 54
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 11 23 14 48
Journalism 44 0 0 0 44
Ethnic Studies 28 0 15 0 43
Anthropology 30 0 7 6 43
Educational Administration 0 15 22 4 41
Taxation 0 0 34 0 34
Special Education 0 4 30 0 34
Public Policy 32 1 0 0 33
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 8 0 12 10 30
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 29 0 29
Other Statistics 29 0 0 0 29
Physics 22 0 2 2 26
Geography & Cartography 15 5 6 0 26
Romance Languages 22 0 1 1 24
Urban Studies 17 5 0 0 22
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 21 0 21
Teaching English or French 0 10 10 0 20
Area Studies 15 0 1 0 16
Other Engineering 6 0 1 8 15
Curriculum & Instruction 0 9 0 5 14
Music 13 0 0 0 13
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 10 0 10
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 10 0 0 0 10
Philosophy 7 0 3 0 10
Applied Mathematics 0 0 9 0 9
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 8 0 8
International Education 0 8 0 0 8
International Relations & National Security 0 0 7 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Electrical Engineering 6 0 0 0 6
Information Science 0 0 0 5 5
Statistics 0 0 3 2 5
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 2 1 3
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 3 3
East Asian Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 3 0 3
Other Psychology 0 3 0 0 3
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 2 0 0 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 2 0 2
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 2 2
Computer Engineering 0 0 1 0 1
Writing Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0 0
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,525 192 1,258 134 5,109

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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