Admitted Student Questions

I have been admitted, now what?

The first step is to confirm your admission by clicking on the link in your admission letter. Within three business days after you confirm your acceptance, the University will send important information to the personal email address you provided during the admissions process. You will receive an email containing your AlbanyID, a nine-digit University identification number. You will also receive a second email containing your PIN and instructions for activating your IT account for access to MyUAlbany and email services at the University. You can then contact your Advisor to obtain your Advisor Verification Number (AVN) that you will need to complete the class enrollment process. [Please Note: Former University at Albany students will not receive the PIN email upon their acceptance to graduate study.]

How long do I have to confirm my acceptance?

Please refer to your admission letter for the specific date you are required to confirm your offer of admission.

How do I confirm my acceptance?

A confirmation link was provided in your admission letter so please refer to it to proceed with your confirmation.

When do I get my tuition bill?

Please visit Students Accounts for billing information.

Who is my Advisor?

Advisors are assigned by the academic department at the time of admission decision. Your advisor information can be found on your online admission letter.

How do I register for classes?

Registration is completed online using MyUAlbany. Approximately 3 business days AFTER you confirm your acceptance, the University will send important information to the personal email address you provided during the application process. Follow the instructions in the message containing your PIN to set your password and obtain your NetID for the login to MyUAlbany. Before you can enroll you must contact your departmental advisor to obtain an Advisement Verification Number (AVN). Once you have the AVN, you can login to MyUAlbany, enter your AVN and enroll in classes. Instructions for completing the registration process are available within the Academics tab of MyUAlbany. If you do not receive a PIN email within 3 days of confirming your acceptance or you have forgotten your MyUAlbany login information, contact the ITS HelpDesk at 518-442-3700.

How do I buy books?

The University Bookstore offers two convenient ways to buy books; online or in person. Information about the Bookstore, book lists and textbook purchasing can be found here.

How do I find housing?

For information on housing options, please refer to the Department of Residential Life’s web site.

How do I request transfer credits?

You will need to complete a Request for Transfer of Credit form for outside credits to be considered. Please keep in mind that total number of credits accepted is at the discretion of the department and all outside credits may not transfer.
University policy as stated in the Graduate Bulletin is as follows:

Regulations Governing the Transfer of Credit to a Graduate Program

  1. Courses completed before entering graduate study at this University for which transfer credit is desired should be presented with the application for admission to graduate study.
  2. In order to qualify for transfer credit for graduate courses completed at another institution after entering graduate study at this University, the student's average grade in resident graduate courses taken at this university must be B or better.
  3. Candidates for degrees at this University are requested to receive the approval of their advisors or of the Dean of Graduate Studies before registering for courses at other colleges if they plan later to present them for transfer credit.
  4. Courses presented must be appropriate to the student's graduate program. Professional courses offered for transfer must be consistent with the student's graduate program.
  5. Courses presented must have been given by an accredited institution authorized to grant graduate degrees.
  6. Courses presented must be graduate courses, that is, applicable to a graduate degree at the institution offering them.
  7. Graduate courses presented for transfer credit completed while the student was in undergraduate status shall be eligible for transfer only upon receipt of documentation from the institution certifying that such course work was not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements at that institution.
  8. Courses presented must be completed with grades of B or better.
  9. An official transcript of the student's record in the course(s) presented for transfer credit should be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies, State University of New York at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222.
  10. An official description of the course(s) should accompany the request for transfer credit.
  11. Courses accepted for transfer credit are not used in computing the student's academic average.
  12. Of the graduate credits required for a 30-48 credit master's degree, at least 24 must be completed while in resident study at this University. For those graduate programs requiring more than 48 credits, at least 50 percent of the program’s requirements must be completed while in resident study at this University.
    (GRADUATE REGULATIONS AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, as of 11/17/05)

I have been admitted, but I need to defer my semester of entry. How do I do this?

Admitted students who need to defer their application term of entry will need to submit a request via the Graduate Term Change Deposit link. There is a $20 fee associated with this request and applications can be deferred for up to one year of the original application admit term. Your admission is not guaranteed when you request a deferral. Your application may be reconsidered with the pool of applications received for the term you are changing to.

Does the University offer an orientation for newly admitted graduate students?

Newly admitted graduate students should contact their academic departments regarding program specific orientations. The Office of Graduate Education has created a New Graduate Student Orientation document that contains important information and links for all newly admitted graduate students. The Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership (ITLAL) offers resources and information for graduate student instructors.