The Honors College

The Honors College is a community of developing scholars that includes some of the best teaching professors and some of the brightest and most serious students at UAlbany. The students are earlier in their development as scholars, and the faculty are further along, but all are refining and enhancing their abilities to create knowledge.

Are you interested in a challenging and intense classroom experience, a collaborative research experience, and a residence experience focused on fun and hard work? Come join us!

We have lots of information on our website. Look at the navigation bar to the left.  We have information about the honors courses being taught this year and about the many honors events that we have this year.  Prospective students can find information on applying to The Honors College and current students can find information to help them through their years in The Honors College, such as how to plan the four years of college, how to get involved in research on campus, and the best way to ask professors for letters of recommendation.

News & Photos

New Students Welcomed to The Honors College

Thirty-one new students were welcomed to The Honors College at a reception in their honor in February. 

Through a competitive application process, a small number of first-year student join The Honors College each year after their first semester at UAlbany.  Each student admitted to The Honors College in January this year excelled in their academics during his or her first semester. 

Students admitted to The Honors College in January are eligible to begin taking honors courses during the spring semester and can opt to join honors housing either for the spring semester or the subsequent fall semester.

Congratulations to all the excellent new students who are now part of The Honors College.

2014 Freshman Orientation

Each year, incoming honors students come to campus two days before other students arrive for three days of orientation activities.


Incoming students are formed into orientation groups.  Each group is led by one or two POETs (persons of extraordinary talent: juniors in The Honors College).


Each POET group spends three days together, getting to know each other, the other honors students, and the UAlbany campus.


A good time was had by all.

2014 Graduation Celebration

As we do each year, we gathered in early May to recognize the accomplishments of all the students graduating from The Honors College.

Each student could invite his or her parents, a professor who had been particularly notable in the student's college life, and a high school teacher who had had an important influence on the student during high school.

It was a grand event.