Apply as an International Student

Students come to the University at Albany from more than 90 nations across the globe. As an international student here, you'll find a warm welcome and plenty of company.

Applying as an international student is easy, though the process is a bit different depending on whether you're applying as a freshman or as a transfer student. If you have questions along the way, please contact us.

Apply as an International Freshman

You should apply as a freshman if you have never attended college before. Here's what to do.

1. Check our deadlines. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For priority consideration, please submit your application as early as possible. If you wish to be considered for Early Action, the deadline is November 15. For regular admission, submit your application no later than March 1. Applicants interested in applying after these deadlines should contact Cynthia Look at (518) 442-5435 or ugadmissions@albany.edu.

2. Submit the application. We encourage you to apply online using the Common Application. Although submitting an online application will expedite the admissions process, if you would prefer to apply on paper, you may download the State University of New York (SUNY) Application. Submit the US $50 fee with your application.

3. Arrange for your official school transcripts to be sent to us. All freshman applicants are required to submit an official transcript from their secondary school. Academic transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by an official and certified English translation.

4. Submit your test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), SAT or ACT as required. International students 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.

5. Submit the International Student Financial Statement (PDF). If needed, you may download directions for completing the financial statement.

6. Submit a 250- to 500-word personal essay. Choose a topic that interests you, or browse our suggested topics.

7. Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. You may download the recommendation form here, if need.

8. If you are applying to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, complete and submit the application essay.

Please send transcripts and other application materials to:

John Pomeroy, Chief International Admissions Officer
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 USA

Apply as an International Transfer Student

You should apply as a transfer student if you have attended another college or university, even if you were only enrolled for a semester. Here's what to do.

1. Check our deadlines. UAlbany makes transfer admission decisions on a rolling admissions basis. For priority consideration for the Spring semester, submit your application by December 1. For priority consideration for the Fall semester, submit your application by July 1. Applicants interested in applying after these deadlines should contact Cynthia Look at (518) 442-5435 or ugadmissions@albany.edu.

2. Submit the application. We encourage you to apply online using the Common Application. Although submitting an online application will expedite the admissions process, if you would prefer to apply on paper, you may download the State University of New York (SUNY) Application. Submit the US$50 fee with your application.

3. If you applied using the SUNY Application, submit the required Part II application. Transfer applicants who apply through the SUNY Application must complete the required Part II application online or download a paper version. Transfer applicants who apply through the Common Application submit their supplemental information directly through the Common Application.

4. Arrange for your official college transcripts to be sent to us. All transfer applicants must submit official transcripts of all work taken at any college or university, whether or not they expect to receive transfer credit. If you've completed fewer than 24 transferable college credits, you'll also need to submit an official secondary school transcript. Academic transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by an official and certified English translation. Please note: all enrolled transfer students will need to supply an official high school transcript or equivalent before the start of classes.

UAlbany also participates in e-transcripts.  If you’ve completed college-level work at a participating
e-transcript institution, you may request to have your official transcript sent electronically from your institution directly to UAlbany.

5. Submit your test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as required. International students may choose to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to strengthen their applications. Transfer students who've obtained a grade of C or better in English composition at a college or university are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

6. Submit the International Student Financial Statement (PDF). If needed, you may download directions for completing the financial statement.

7. If you are applying to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, complete and submit the application essay.

Please send transcripts and other application materials to:

John Pomeroy, Chief International Admissions Officer
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 USA