New Graduate Students

Congratulations and welcome to the University at Albany!  In order to make your transition to graduate school as smooth as possible, click on the topics below for information you may find helpful.

New Graduate Student Orientation: This document contains important information and links for new graduate students.

Academic RegulationsAcademic policies, procedures and regulations appear in our graduate bulletin so be sure to familiarize yourself with this document.

Books: The Bookstore now offers eTextbooks in addition to tradition textbooks!

SUNY Card:  You will need to have your photo taken for your SUNY Card, the University ID. This card also serves as a library card, building access card and vending machine card.

Parking:  If you have a car, you’ll need a parking decal. 

Maps: Directions and maps for all of your UAlbany needs.

University Libraries:  The University provides comprehensive state-of-the-art library, research and information services through the University Library and the Science Library on the uptown campus and the Dewey Graduate Library on the downtown campus. 

Academic Calendar: This lists many dates applicable to class schedules as well as deadlines for potential registration adjustments.

Off-Campus Housing:  Traditionally, Albany’s graduate students select apartments along the University bus routes for convenience.  However, students are encouraged to explore all possibilities in Albany and surrounding communities. 

Buses:  Show your SUNY Card and ride ALL CDTA bus lines at no charge with the exception of the Northway Express and Star Buses!

Health Care:  The University Health Center provides routine medical services year round for all enrolled students.  The emergency number is (518) 442-3131 but if busy, call the University Police Department at (518) 442-3130.

Health Insurance:  The Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan is available for students wanting medical coverage. International students will be automatically enrolled in the SUNY plan, but those who have other coverage and want to have the SUNY insurance charge waived must submit a waiver application to the Office of International Education (SL G40) by the posted deadline on the International Student Services website .

Graduate Student Association:  All enrolled graduate students are members of the completely student-run GSA.  Membership benefits include opportunities to apply for grants, participate in GSA governance and social events. 

Working Out: Fitness center, athletic training facilities, basketball courts, racquetball courts, an indoor track and a swimming pool are available for your fitness needs.  

Banking:  Banking services are available in the Campus Center Food Court.