Admissions Requirements

At UAlbany, we know that you're more than a grade point average and a test score.

The goal of UAlbany's admissions process is to identify applicants who will flourish in a diverse educational environment and contribute to our community as they pursue their academic goals. When evaluating applicants for freshman admission, we consider the following factors:

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We do expect that you will have completed a traditional college-preparatory curriculum in high school, and we encourage you to take some enriched and honors-level courses when appropriate.

Applicants must present a minimum of 18 units from high school:
  • Four units of English or the equivalent
  • Three units of Math, including elementary algebra, geometry, and at least one additional academic unit of mathematics or the equivalent
  • Two units of laboratory science
  • Three units of social science including one of U.S. History
  • At least one year of foreign language (two years or more is strongly recommended)
For freshman, the average GPA of accepted freshmen for fall 2016 was 91.6 (3.5/4.0). The middle 50% were between 86 and 94 (3.0-3.7).
Freshman applicants must take the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission; however there is no minimum score requirement. For fall 2016, the middle 50% of accepted freshman scored between 1070 and 1240 on the old SAT (Critical Reading + Math) and 23 to 28 on the ACT. For the new SAT (Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Math), we predict scores will range between 1140-1310.
In evaluating a student’s ability to contribute to a diverse educational environment, the admissions committee may look at non-academic characteristics, including involvement in the school or community.
Academic performance in high school is considered to be the best predictor of academic success, but it is not the only factor that will play a role in your experience as an undergraduate. Our admissions committee looks at the whole person, recognizing your special talents and interests outside the classroom as well as in it.

Accepted Freshman Profile ('16):

Applications: 23,700
Average GPA: 91.6 (3.5/4.0)
Mid-Range Old SAT (CR+M): 1070-1240
Mid-Range New SAT (ERW+M): 1140-1310
Mid-Range ACT: 23-28