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Accepted Students FAQs

The Frequently Asked Questions on this page are geared towards recently accepted students.

Now that I have been accepted to the program, do I need to send a deposit to reserve my spot?
No; the University at Albany does not require a deposit to secure your spot on campus. We do, however, ask you that you confirm your intention to enroll using the Acceptance Confirmation Form as soon as possible.

Once I have been accepted, may I defer my enrollment?
Yes, students who have been accepted may defer enrollment for up to one year by completing the Acceptance Confirmation Form and selecting the “I wish to be reconsidered for admission” option. After one year, students are required to resubmit their application materials in order to be considered for admission.

Where is Rockefeller College located?
The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy is located on the Downtown Campus at 135 Western Ave., Albany, NY, 12222. The Downtown Campus is not UAlbany’s main campus, so if you’re planning to visit make sure you’re going to the right place!

When can I register for classes?
You can register any time between formal admission and the first day of classes.

How do I register for classes?
Registering for classes at is done through MyUAlbany. Follow these instructions.

What is an AVN? How do I get mine?
The Advisor Verification Number (AVN) is obtained from your faculty advisor, who will guide you into the appropriate first and second semester classes and discuss your plans for graduate study at Rockefeller College. An AVN is required to register for classes, and a new one is needed each academic semester. Login to My UAlbany and enter the portal through the student logon section. From there, choose the Academics tab. “Enter your AVN” is located under “Steps to enroll” on the left hand side of your screen. Once you enter your AVN you will be able to successfully register for the appropriate semester.

Will I be required to pay for all of my courses upon completion of registration?
No; UAlbany offers e-pay, a three installment payment plan, which divides your tuition and fees evenly across the first three months of your enrollment. In order to enroll, visit My UAlbany, log in to your student portal, and visit the financial aid section. Instructions for registering for e-pay are on the right side of the financial aid section of My UAlbany.

Where can I purchase books for my classes?
There are multiple outlets available in the Albany area for the purchase of textbooks. The main UAlbany campus has a bookstore which often carries the required books for your graduate courses. Another option many students choose is a local bookstore, MaryJane Books, which sells new and used textbooks and is conveniently located within walking distance of the Rockefeller College campus. You can visit to get more information. Finally, students continue to purchase their textbooks from and when possible.

Will I need to carry a college ID with me?
In order to access many of the on- and off-campus services available to graduate students, you will need to get a SUNY ID card upon arrival to the campus. You must first register for classes, then go to the SUNYcard office on the main UAlbany campus, Campus Center B52. Bring a valid photo ID. The SUNYcard office will take your photo and issue you a new SUNYcard. The first card is free; replacement cards are $20.

Do I need a car in Albany?
No; your SUNYcard provides you access, beginning in Fall 2010, to all of the Capital District Transit Authority buses free of charge. In addition to the bus system, UAlbany has partnered with Hertz to provide an hourly rental car service based at the main UAlbany campus. For under $10 an hour, you can rent a car, gas and insurance included, to meet your personal needs. More information can be found at the University's Parking & Mass Transit Services Website.

Are there opportunities for campus involvement while at Rockefeller?
Yes; the Public Affairs Student Association (PASA) is an active student group at Rockefeller College.  PASA hosts networking events, happy hours, outdoor activities, and fundraising events which help to foster a connection between student cohorts and faculty. We encourage all students to take an active role in this organization from the beginning of their tenure at Rockefeller.

I am relocating to NY from out of state. What steps should I take to ensure I receive in-state tuition next year?
There are several choices of how to prove NY residency. The main thing you need to know is that in order to qualify for in-state tuition for Fall of your second year, you must prove residency in August of your first year. For questions related to residency, please visit  You will find the documents needed to prove residency for the next school year, a residency application, and further information you may need to determine whether you qualify for in-state tuition.

I have heard that NY requires proof of immunizations.  I am not sure I have all the required immunizations/can’t find my immunization record. What can I do?
If you are unsure of your immunizations, you can submit proof of a blood test from your doctor confirming immunity. In this instance, a copy of the lab report must accompany the doctor’s note. You may also choose to be re-immunized. Please contact the University Health Center at (518) 442-5454 with questions.

When will classes begin?
Please consult the appropriate Academic Calendar for semester start-dates. 

I did not apply for financial aid yet. Is it too late?
It is not too late to apply. Please visit in order to begin the process of applying for financial aid. Also, residents of NY should visit as well to apply for the NY Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Am I required to use the email address that UAlbany assigned to me for correspondence with the school?
Yes. All important University communications will be sent to your UAlbany account.  However, you may forward your University email to your preferred email by logging into your Webmail account, choosing “Options,” and selecting “Mail Filtering.”  You will add a new rule that performs an action on all incoming messages. You will be able to sign up for your program-specific listserv using any personal email account you choose.

I applied for graduate study as a full-time student, but now I need to go part-time. Do I need to reapply?
No. Rockefeller College does not require reapplication to change from full-time to part-time status, or part-time to full-time status. You should, however, keep your advisor informed so that he or she is aware of your situation.