Our Facilities

The University at Albany's three campuses are unique in look and function. Each is fascinating architecturally and a hub for new ideas, providing quality educations to students and serving the public good through research and academic excellence.

Uptown Campus | Downtown Campus | East Campus

Uptown Campus: Architecture, Academics, Athletics, and the Arts

The University's main campus, the Uptown Campus, has been described as a distinctive work of modern art. Designed in 1961-62 by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone (1902-1978), the campus bears Stone's signature style of bold unified design, evident in buildings from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

At UAlbany, Stone's vision is achieved by towers, domes, soaring colonnades, a sweeping canopy, and fountains. Features of the Uptown Campus include:

  • The Main Fountain—a dramatic focal point of the Academic Podium, where students and visitors gather to talk, sunbathe, take photos, or picnic;
  • The Grand Entry Plaza—in keeping with Stone's vision, in September 2008 the University unveiled this vibrant, three acre campus gateway, whose park-like setting includes ornamental trees, bench seating (equipped with Wi-Fi) and a stunning walk-through fountain;
  • The College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering—the high-tech Albany Nanotech complex boasts the finest nanotechnology facilities of any university in the world; these include:
    • The most advanced 200mm/300mm chip wafer facilities in the academic world;More than 60,000 square feet of Class 1-capable cleanrooms;
    • A Nanoscale Metrology and Imaging Center; and
    • R&D and prototype manufacturing infrastructure for nano/microelectronics, nanophotonics and optoelectronics, nano/micro systems (MEMS) and nanopower science and technology.
  • The Ion Beam Laboratory—established in 1970 to pursue research in neutron physics, research activity transitioned into studies in materials physics, where physics faculty have earned a worldwide reputation in analysis and modification of materials using particle beams.
  • Artistic venues;
  • The UAlbany athletics complex—featuring the 4,500-seat SEFCU-UAlbany Arena, home court for both Great Dane Division I basketball teams, rehabilitation and fitness centers, and recreational facilities that include playing courts in several sports;
  • The Campus Center—the center of public life at the University includes a public restaurant and a large array of eateries and services;
  • University Libraries—one of the top 100 research libraries in America, the Uptown Main Library and Science Library are filled with collections and exhibits accessible to the public
  • High speed Internet access—All residence halls, the Academic Podium, and the Downtown and East campuses have wireless access;
  • Ambulance Service—Since 1973, the New York State-certified, all-student-run Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service, has served the University at Albany community, as well as surrounding areas; and
  • A modernized academic experience—Technology-enhanced "smart classrooms" are facilitating learning.

Downtown Campus: Public Policy, a Writers' Mecca and a Classic Library

The Downtown Campus, located one mile from the New York State Capitol building and Empire State Plaza, is of Georgian-style architecture, graced by giant pillars and elegant porticos, and inspired by Thomas Jefferson's design for the University of Virginia. It was UAlbany's main campus, as the New York State College for Teachers, from 1909-66. The Downtown Campus is home to:

East Campus: Health Sciences and Cancer Research

The University's newest campus, the 87-acre East Campus, opened in 1996 in East Greenbush on a hilltop offering a splendid view of the Albany skyline. The campus is the base for UAlbany's biotechnology and health sciences programs, as well as home to established and start-up biotech firms. Its features include:

  • The School of Public Health—a joint venture of the University and the State's Wadsworth Laboratories;
  • Business incubator—Current tenants include bioscience, chemical, and nanotech firms, which profit from proximity to the staff and state-of-the-art facilities of UAlbany's Center for Functional Genomics; and
  • The cancer research center—opened in 2005 and home to New York's Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics.