Transfers (spring)

We are pleased to welcome you to the University at Albany. To help you make a smooth transition to the UAlbany community, your Academic Advisor, student Orientation Assistant, and many other University representatives are excited to welcome and guide you during your Orientation program.

During Orientation, you will:

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor, finalize your course selections and receive academic information that will assist you at the start of classes.
  • Attend informational meetings to learn about academic and co-curricular life, personal and property safety, and how to be successful academically at UAlbany.
  • Become familiar with classrooms and facilities.
  • Receive your SUNYCard student ID.
  • Meet new classmates, faculty and staff.

A $95 transfer student orientation fee covers the costs of staff, refreshments, materials and services received during Orientation, as well as events, resources, and support provided throughout the year.


Transfer Orientation Dates:

Friday, January 18, 2013 

(primarily for commuting students because residence halls will be closed)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

(particularly appropriate if you plan to live in a residence hall, as the residence halls will open at 11am on Sunday, January 20)

How To Reserve Date?

Pay your $150 Admissions Deposit.
Click "Orientation" to request a date.
Pay $90 Orientation fee* at
*A $90 student orientation fee covers the costs associated with the program including staff, printed information and all other materials and services received during Orientation.
When the Orientation Office acts on your request, you will receive confirmation materials at your UAlbany email account.
If you have not already done so, go to  the University Welcome Website. Click "Transfer" and follow each step on the Transfer Checklist.


Q1:  I want to register for classes. Can I do so anytime?

All students must consult with an academic advisor before registering for classes.  The "Choosing Classes"  section on the Welcome Website provides additional information regarding registration for classes, major requirements, and academic advisement.  Please note that representatives from all academic departments are planning to meet with students during Orientation.  

Q2:  Is there a parent orientation program?

Parents and family may opt to attend a parent orientation that is scheduled concurrently and separately* from the student program.  Parent Orientation is on either Friday, January 17 or Tuesday, January 21. You may wish to review the tentative parent orientation information found on the Parent section of our website.  Please note that parents may not attend the student orientation program. *Due to the student's schedule, there will not be time for significant interaction between family members and students until you are ready to depart from campus.

Q3:  How will I know what courses transferred?

You will receive a "Degree Audit Report" during your Orientation that outlines the requirements for your major and indicates how the courses you've previously taken fit your academic plan. Advisors will discuss this with you and explain how your Degree Audit was determined.  The Degree Audit is a useful tool that you and your advisor can use to follow your progress toward your degree. It outlines your degree requirements, how the courses you've previously taken fit that plan, and indicates requirements that must still be fulfilled.

Q4:  What kinds of on-campus housing opportunities are offered?

The University offers a variety of on-campus living options for students. Transfer students traditionally live on Alumni Quad. However, the University at Albany does not guarantee housing for transfer students. Please refer to Residential Life website for more information.

Q5:  What kinds of services exist for off-campus living?

There are many opportunities available for transfers in the Capital District area who wish to live off campus. You may wish to obtain further information from the web site at:

Q6:  What about Day Care Services?

There are a number of day care services offered throughout the Capital District area. You may wish to do an online search or consult the yellow pages of the phone book for locations and phone numbers. Additionally, there is a day care center on campus. Information for U-kids Day Care can be accessed on line at: Please keep in mind that wait-lists exist for many day care centers, so contact those of interest as soon as possible.

Q7:  What do I need to complete before Orientation?   

ReviewAdvisement Information found in the  "Choosing Classes" section of the Welcome Website and follow directives for your major.    Activate your MyUAlbany and University email accounts and memorize your Net ID and password.    Write down all your questions so that you remember to ask them.