Undergraduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office?
A: The Undergraduate Admissions Office can be reached by phone at (518) 442-5435 or email at email@example.com.
Q: What can I major in?
A: The University offers 50 academic majors and 61 minors. For a full list of approved majors, click here.
Q: Can I visit the campus?
A: Students often find that a visit to the University at Albany helps them decide whether this is the university for them. Visitors can attend an information session and join a student-led tour during the week throughout the school year as well as many Saturdays when the University is in session. For more information and available dates, click here.
Q: What is the University at Albany’s school code for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
A: The University at Albany’s code is 002835.
Q: What are the University at Albany’s school codes for the SAT and ACT?
A: The University at Albany’s code for the SAT is 2532 and the ACT code is 2926.
Q: What kinds of pre-professional opportunities exist for UAlbany students?
A: UAlbany offers pre-professional opportunities in Pre-Health, Pre-Law and Engineering. Pre-Health includes medicine, dental, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. For more information about these opportunities, click here.
Q: Once I’ve been admitted, what do I do next?
A: To reserve your place in the entering class, you must submit your $150 enrollment deposit. You may pay online using a credit card or mail or fax your payment directly to the Office of Student Accounts. Shortly after your deposit is received, you will receive information about our Welcome Website, which contains important information about residential life, orientation, advising, and more.
Q: What is the required GPA for freshman admission?
A: For freshman, the average GPA of accepted freshmen for fall 2012 was 91.1. The middle 50% were between 86 and 93.
Q: What is the required SAT or ACT score for freshman admission?
A: Freshman applicants must take the SAT or ACT with writing component to be considered for admission. The middle 50% of accepted freshman for fall 2012 scored between 1100 and 1240 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math sections only), and 24 to 28 on the ACT.
Q: What is the freshman application process?
A: The University at Albany accepts both the Common Application and the State University of New York (SUNY) Application. The application fee is $50. Freshman applicants must submit the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) or official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. In addition, all freshman applicants must submit a 250-500 word personal essay and one teacher or counselor letter of recommendation. For more information on applying, click here.
Q: What are the deadlines to apply for freshman?
A: For freshman applicants, the Early Action application deadline is November 15 and the Regular Admission deadline is March 1. For more specific deadline information, please click here.
Q: When will I receive my freshman admission’s decision?
A: Notification of freshman admission decisions for Early Action applicants will begin on January 1. Notification of freshman admission decisions for Regular Admission applicants will begin on February 1. Decisions will only be made on complete applications.
Q: Does the University at Albany accept the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR)?
A: Yes, we recommend that freshman applicants use the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) to submit their high school courses and grades. Freshman applicants choosing not to use SOAR, must submit their official high school transcript directly to the University at Albany. All applicants must submit official SAT or ACT test scores directly from the appropriate testing service or high school.
Q: What scholarships or merit awards are offered and who is eligible?
A: The University at Albany offers several merit awards based on academic achievement to incoming freshmen. Award types and amounts are established each year and are subject to change. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (518) 442-5435 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the most up-to-date information.
Q: What is the required GPA for transfer admission?
A: For transfers, most programs require a minimum 2.5 overall GPA. Business Administration and Accounting require a 3.25. Criminal Justice and Financial Market Regulation require a 3.2. Public Health and Social Welfare require a 3.0. Nanoscale Engineering and Nanoscale Science require a 3.5.
Q: What is the transfer application process?
A: The University at Albany accepts both the Common Application and the State University of New York (SUNY) Application. The application fee is $50. Transfer applicants must submit the SUNY Transfer Part II and official transcripts of all college-level work. For more information on applying, click here.
Q: What are the deadlines to apply as a transfer student?
A: For transfer applicants, the recommended application deadline is December 1 for the spring semester and July 1 for the fall semester. For more specific deadline information, please click here.
Q: When will I receive my transfer admission’s decision?
A: Notification of transfer admission decisions will begin on November 15 for the Spring semester and February 15 for the Fall semester. Decisions will only be made on complete applications.
Q: How will I know which credits will transfer?
A: A tentative number of transferable credits is indicated in your acceptance letter at the time admission is granted. A formal credit evaluation (Degree Audit Report) will be prepared and available on MyUAlbany after you submit your admissions deposit. To view transfer course equivalency information prior to admission, click here.
Q: Is there housing available for transfer students?
A: Housing for transfer students is limited and not guaranteed, and students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q: Can transfer students apply for EOP?
A: Yes, but in order to be accepted as an EOP student, you must be enrolled in an EOP, HEOP, SEEK or College Discovery program at your current college. Also, EOP is generally only available for the fall semester.
Q: Does the University at Albany offer a conditional admission program?
A: Yes, the University offers a conditional admission option for freshman students only who do not meet the minimum English language requirement. For more information, click here.
Q: Do international applicants need to submit SAT or ACT scores?
A: International freshman applicants attending high school in the USA must submit SAT or ACT scores with their application. They may also choose to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to strengthen their application. International students attending high school overseas must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not their native tongue. SAT/ACT scores are not required, only optional for overseas students.
Q: What is the minimum TOEFL requirement for admission?
A: The minimum TOEFL requirement is 79 for the internet-based test, 213 for the computer-based test and 550 for the paper-based test.
Q: Does the University at Albany accept IELTS, and if so, what is the minimum requirement for admission?
A: Yes, the University does accept IELTS and the minimum is a 6.0 band score.
Q: What are the minimum estimated expenses needed for the International Financial Statement?
A: For 2012-2013, the minimum estimated expenses must total $32,620.75 USD per year.