The annual Welcome Candlelighting Ceremony, for new students, symbolizes the beginning of an incoming student’s collegiate career. The program includes the ceremonial lighting of the University flame of knowledge.
Clash of the Quads was created to revive a tradition among the residential quads that encourages school spirit and inspires pride in the University at Albany. The day includes a tug-of-war competition, relay races, and a cereal-eating contest.
UAlbany’s roster of alumni includes Gregory Maguire, author of the best-selling book Wicked. Adapted as a Broadway musical in 2003, “Wicked” received 10 Tony nominations. Each fall, students, faculty and alumni attend the UAlbany Alumni Reaching Higher. Achieving More. luncheon to hear how the University put the world within reach for alums like Maguire.
Orientation programs assist new students as they make the transition to life at the University at Albany. Freshman orientation is June 30-July 1. The last summer orientation session for freshmen is July 28-29.
UAlbany students attend readings and seminars on campus by world renowned authors, thanks to the New York State Writers Institute. Shown is Andre Dubus IIII, author of the international best-selling novel House of Sand and Fog. Photo by
UAlbany students are engaged in the community around them. More than 6,800 UAlbany students contribute about 860,000 hours of community service each year. Here students volunteer for Capital District Habitat for Humanity.