Admissions

The University at Albany School of Public Health offers a wide range of degree programs designed to provide students with a strong background in the field of public health.  Students can select from our professional degrees - MPH and DrPH, including a fully online MPH and a dual MPH/MSW - or a specialized academic degree - MS and PhD. 

If you are ready to apply to the School of Public Health, we are here to assist you.  We are a CEPH accredited school of public health and participate in SOPHAS, the online application service which allows you to apply to multiple schools of public health with one application.  All applications, with the exception of the MPH/MSW, Certificate and non-degree, are to be submitted directly to SOPHAS

About Us

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is a dynamic and progressive place for students to advance their careers through graduate study.  We are the only School of Public that is in partnership with a state health department, providing students with opportunities to work closely with faculty who are practitioners and research scientists addressing “front-page” health issues.  Our degree programs combine cutting edge research, policy development, and administration, and our students benefit from having access to New York State Department of Health facilities, databases, internships and full-time employment opportunities.

To learn more about the admissions process, review the sections above and visit our frequently asked questions page.

For application specific questions or to schedule a visit to the School of Public Health, contact us at sphadmissions@albany.edu.

Recruitment Events

School of Public Health Admissions on the Road

Thursday, September 8, 5:00pm - 8:00pm          Idealist Fair, New York City

School of Public Health Information Sessions

Discover Public Health! Attend an information session at the School of Public Health and learn more about the field of public health and the school. All information sessions are hosted at the School of Public Health: 1 University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144.     

No Information Sessions are currently scheduled.  Please contact us at sphadmissions@albany.edu to set up an individual appointment to discuss your future in public health.

Visiting the School of Public Health

Individual Appointments

To schedule a visit to the School of Public Health or set up an appointment with an admissions representative, please contacts us at sphadmissions@albany.edu.

Interested in Attending a Class?

If you are interested in attending a class as part of your visit to the School of Public Health, please let us know when contacting sphadmissions@albany.edu and we will assist you with that process. Each semester a list of faculty members who would be glad to have you join their class for a day will be posted. Just email them to let them know you are planning to attend.

How do I get to the East Campus?

Take the UAlbany Shuttle from the Science Library, University at Albany Uptown Campus. The schedule can be found at http://www.albany.edu/pmts/bus_schedules.php. Please note that the East Campus Shuttle is available on weekdays only.

Take a taxi from nearby Albany Greyhound/Trailways Bus Terminal or Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station.

Driving directions to the School of Public Health: 1 University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144.
*Please note- when entering the address in your GPS, the "city" field should be Rensselaer NOT Albany. If you search for the University at Albany in your GPS, it will bring you to the Main Campus in Albany. We are not located on that campus. We are located on the East Campus in Rensselaer, NY.

To obtain directions to the East Campus from your current location, please use UAlbany's Interactive Google Map.When choosing your destination, please select:

Campus: East Campus
Area: Academic
Specific Area: George Education Center

Parking

Parking is free on the East Campus. Please park in the General/Student lot.  See East Campus map for designated areas.

Accommodations

Need to stay overnight?  Stay in one of the hotels near the East Campus.

 

Application Deadlines

A complete list of application deadlines for all degree programs can be found here

Admissions Criteria

Please visit the Admissions page for your specific program, found under the Admissions heading on the left-hand side of the page, to review the specific admission criteria and required coursework for acceptance into your intended program.

Submitting Your Application

Applications to the MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD degree programs must be submitted through SOPHAS

Applications to the MPH/MSW, Certificate programs and non-degree programs must be submitted through the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions. 

Required Application Materials

The following materials are required for masters and doctoral applications to be considered complete. 

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions attended  WES evaluation required for transcripts from international institutions.
  2. GRE or MCAT scores
    • Note: MCAT scores not accepted for MS or PhD applicants to Biomedical Sciences; Standardized test scores are not required for the DrPH program
  3. Three recommendations from persons familiar with your academic qualifications
  4. Personal Statement about your educational and professional goals
  5. Resume 
  6. TOEFL score is required of international students

The following codes must be used to submit standardized test scores to SOPHAS:
GRE: 4216 SUNY U ALBANY SOPHAS
TOEFL: 5688

Applicants must specifically designate each institution they are applying to when requesting scores from ETS.  If the correct code is not used, the University at Albany School of Public Health will not receive official GRE scores from SOPHAS.

It is strongly recommended that students also have test scores sent directly to the University at Albany using code 2532. 

Transcripts

Official transcripts (documents with original dean’s, registrar’s or appropriate authority’s original signature and/or university seal on official paper in sealed envelope) must be sent directly from the schools attended to SOPHAS. Transcripts from every post-secondary academic institution attended, regardless of length of enrollment or credit awarded, must be submitted, including college level courses taken while in high school.   This includes transcripts from previous degrees earned at the University at Albany. 

Applicants who use the transcript entry service provided by SOPHAS should have transcripts submitted at least three weeks before the application deadline. The transcript entry process adds TWO FULL WEEKS to the time it takes for an application to be considered complete and available for review.

International Transcripts

All international student applicants must submit credentials/transcripts from all international universities attended to an accredited evaluation service to be evaluated and translated into English (if necessary). SOPHAS will only accept evaluations from the World Education Service (WES).  It may take up to 6 weeks for SOPHAS to receive the WES evaluation, so it is important to plan for this extra time in submitting your credentials to ensure application deadlines are met.

Note: Applicants whose academic training was not in the U.S., but who are in the U.S. at the time the application is submitted MUST adhere to all requirements as outlined for international students on SOPHAS.

Standardized Test Scores

All applicants, except Certificate and DrPH, must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. Scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) may be substituted for the GRE in some programs.

The following code must be used to submit GRE scores to SOPHAS:
4216 SUNY U ALBANY SOPHAS

MPH applicants who have previously completed a graduate degree (MS, PhD, MD, etc) at an accredited US university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for a GRE waiver. In addition, applicants who have successfully completed Step 1 & 2 of the USMLE may submit an official score report and apply for a GRE waiver.

The completed GRE Waiver Request Form should be submitted to sphadmissions@albany.edu.

Three Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. Two of these letters must be from academic sources. At least one academic letter should be from a former university faculty member in the major field of study. Additional suggestions for references could be undergraduate/graduate advisors and/or recent employers.

Personal Essay

All applicants must submit a statement explaining why they wish to pursue a career in public health. This is also an opportunity to explain, to the admissions committee, any limitations that might be present in your application. There is a limit of 1500 words for the narrative statement. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as content. The admission committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but the extent to which the candidate’s goals prove appropriate for the program.

SOPHAS

SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) is a Centralized Application Service. This service allows you to apply to multiple schools of pubic health with just one application, one set of reference letters, and one set of transcripts. All MPH, MS, PhD and DrPH degree applications to the School of Public Health must be submitted through SOPHAS at http://www.sophas.org/.

The following criteria must be met otherwise SOPHAS will not verify your application:

  • Personal essay has been submitted.
  • All coursework has been recorded on the application.
  • All supplemental questions have been answered
  • All official transcripts have been received
  • Two out of three recommendations have been received

Please keep in mind that once SOPHAS has received all of your application materials it may take up to four weeks for your application to be processed and verified as complete. Be sure to request your transcripts, references, and standardized test scores in sufficient time for all required materials to be received and verified by SOPHAS by the specified application deadline or your application will not be considered on time 

SOPHAS will not hold your application for the following items:

  • Standardized test scores
  • International transcripts 

Therefore it is possible for the University at Albany School of Public Health admissions office to receive incomplete files. If this happens your application will be not be reviewed by the School admissions committee until the necessary documents are received from SOPHAS.

To check the status of transcripts, letters of recommendation, or any issue regarding your SOPHAS application prior to it being mailed, log into your SOPHAS account. For problems regarding the receipt of transcripts, the submission of reference letters or the application, please contact SOPHAS customer service directly at 617-612-2051.

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about the admissions process, review the sections above and visit our frequently asked questions page.

Finance Your Education

Affordability is a quality that distinguishes the University at Albany School of Public Health from other accredited Public Health Schools. We consistently offer our students low tuition fees complemented with a competitive and unique education in public health.

The School of Public Health offers several scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate merit and meet eligibility criteria.

Students who wish to be considered for one of these awards must submit a complete application for entry into the School of Public Health by the stated program deadline. Students must also submit any required supplemental award application directly to the School of Public Health no later than February 1, or the deadline of the program to which the student is applying, if earlier than February 1.

The David Axelrod Fellowship

The David Axelrod Fellowship is awarded annually to one entering MPH or MS student on the basis of academic merit and commitment to and interest in public service and public health policy. The award provides a full tuition scholarship at the New York State rate and $10,000 for the first academic year of study.  Applicants must submit the application and all School of Public Health application materials by February 1 to be considered.

David Axelrod Fellowship Application

The William Randolph Hearst Fellowship

The William Randolph Hearst Fellowshipis awarded annually to one entering MPH or MS student on the basis of academic merit and commitment to and interest in serving an underrepresented community. The award provides a partial tuition scholarship at the New York State rate and $5,000 - $10,000 for the first academic year of study. Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented group, as defined on the scholarship application.  Applicants must submit the application and all School of Public Health application materials by February 1 to be considered.

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship Application

The CDPHP Scholars Program

The CDPHP Scholars Program was established by the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan to provide scholarship support for incoming graduate students pursuing a masters degree in the School of Public Health. The CDPHP Scholars Programs provides outstanding candidates with a $5,000 scholarship for the first academic year of study. Recipients must demonstrate academic achievement and be pursuing am MPH or MS degree through either the Department of Health Policy and Management or the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, with a demonstrated interest in health administration, health promotion or epidemiology. Applicants must be a New York State resident, with preference given to students who currently reside in one of the 24 counties served by CDPHP: Albany, Broome, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otesgo, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Tioga, Ulster, Warren, Washington.  Applicants must submit the application and all School of Public Health application materials by February 1 to be considered.

CDPHP Scholarship Application

Carson Carr Diversity Assistantships

Carson Carr Diversity Teaching/Graduate Assistantships are award to entering underrepresented or disadvantaged students pursuing a PhD, DrPH, MPH or MS degree, with priority given to doctoral students. The stipend and tuition award varies depending upon degree and program. The award is renewable up to four years for doctoral students and three years for masters students.  To be considered, students must submit both the School of Public Health and Carson Carr supplemental applications and all School of Public Health application materials by the deadline of the degree to which the student is applying.

School of Public Health Assistantship Application

Carson Carr Supplemental Assistantship Application

Birkhead Scholarship

The Birkhead Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Gus Birkhead, Deputy Commissioner and Director of the Office of Mental Health, New York State Department of Health, for the purpose of promoting academic excellence in public health.  The scholarship seeks to support a second year MPH or MS student with a strong passion for public health, and an interest in working in a local, state, or federal public health agency.  To be considered, students must submit the Birkhead Scholarship application and required essay no later than March 4, 2016.

Birkhead Scholarship Application

Scholarships

The Persily Scholarship is awarded to a University at Albany student with demonstrated financial need. To be considered, students must submit all School of Public Health application materials by February 1.  No supplemental application is required.

The Tartaglia Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding MPH student in Environmental Health Sciences or Biomedical Sciences. To be considered, students must submit all School of Public Health application materials by February 1. No supplemental application is required.

Doctoral Student Graduate/Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships

 

Funding for PhD students varies by semester and by department. Graduate assistantships are awarded to incoming PhD students based on merit. No supplemental application is required.

Applicants to the PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences may apply for a Wadsworth Public Health Fellowship. Applicants to the PhD program in Biomedical Sciences may also apply for one of the Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowships. These fellowships require a supplemental essay as part of the degree application submitted via SOPHAS.  Questions regarding research, teaching, or graduate assistantships should be directed to the program to which the student is applying.

University at Albany Funding Opportunities

 

The University at Albany provides various funding opportunities to ensure graduate study is affordable. To find out more about these opportunities, which include need-based financial assistance, administrative assistantships, and special graduate funding opportunities, visit Funding Graduate Education.

Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow Funding

 

Full-time employees at a New York State local health department or the New York State Department of Health, who are enrolled in a public health graduate program in the School of Public Health, may apply for tuition assistance from the Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow (PHLOT) program. Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for a tuition award is available on the PHLOT web page.

Academic Year Opportunities

 

The School of Public Health Internship and Career Services Office provides students with information about part-time jobs, graduate assistantships, student assistant positions, fellowships, and grants which become available during the academic year. This information is provided to all matriculated School of Public Health students via a weekly email newsletter. Many students also receive funding while completing their MPH internship, either through an internship fellowship with is applied directly to the student account to cover the cost of tuition, fees and living expenses associated with the internship, or as a student assistant paid directly by the internship organization.

The University at Albany and the School of Public Health maintain several sites with links to external funding opportunities, which students are encouraged to explore.

Graduate Education External Funding

School of Public Health External Funding

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH): How to Finance your Degree

 

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) provides extensive information and tips on how to find scholarships on their Financing Your Degree website. ASPPH has also produced an informative webinar on How to Finance Your Public Health Degree.

Students are encouraged to start the process of searching for financial support as early as possible as most scholarships deadlines are October, November and December, before the application deadlines for most academic programs.

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

 

Students who are considering attendance at the University at Albany can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing the University at Albany School code 002835, prior to being admitted to the University.

The Office of Financial Aid will only send financial aid award notices to students who have been accepted for admission into a University at Albany graduate degree program and are registered for 6 or more credits. Graduate students must be matriculated into a degree program and enrolled for at least 6 credits to qualify for Federal Stafford Loans.

MPH students should include in the initial application the need for summer financial aid to help cover the costs of the 6 credit summer internship, which is typically completed over the summer between their first and second year of study. Please note that the Office Financial Aid is not able to provide graduate students with financial aid eligibility prior to confirming acceptance. If you wish to determine your aid eligibility before confirming acceptance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at 518-442-3202 and they will be happy to assist you. For more information on Federal and New York aid programs and access to financial forms please visit The Office of Financial Aid.

Graduate students admitted as "non-degree" are only eligible for federal aid if they are taking approved University at Albany undergraduate courses required for admission into a University at Albany graduate degree program.

Your registration status for financial aid depends on the number of enrolled credits. The exceptions to this are 1 credit 899 dissertation credits, which count as a full-time academic load. While the 1 credit dissertation credit allows graduate students to be eligible for financial aid, the estimated cost of attendance is based on the cost of one tuition credit.

 

 

Enrolled Credits Registration Status
12 or More Full Time
9* 3/4 Time
6 Half Time
Less Than 6 Less Than Half Time

*9 credits is considered full time for individuals who have a Graduate Assistantship position.

How to Accept Your Financial Aid

 

Most financial aid awards require an acceptance decision by the aid recipient before the aid can be processed further. If you have been awarded a Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford loan, you must notify financial aid of the amount you accept. If you choose to decline an award, you must inform financial aid of this decision.

At the University at Albany, students accept, reduce and decline their financial aid awards online through the My Financial Aid section of MyUAlbany. Instructions for accepting, reducing and declining aid are mailed with Financial Aid Award Notices. The self-service instructions guide students through logging on to MyUAlbany, navigating to their My Financial Aid page, and accepting, reducing or declining their award offer.

Award acceptance instructions are available in the Self-Service Instructions section of the Forms and Publications page of the Financial Aid website.

For more information on Federal and New York aid programs and access to financial forms please visit The Office of Financial Aid.

 

Additional Application Requirements for International Students

In addition to the requirements outlined in the Application section of this website, International students must fulfill additional requirements. These requirements include:

1. Completion of a degree program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling.

2. An official certification of the award of all degrees in addition to all academic transcripts in the original language accompanied by certified translations into English.

3. All international student applicants must submit credentials/transcripts from all international universities attended to an accredited evaluation service to be evaluated and translated into English (if necessary). SOPHAS will only accept evaluations from the World Education Service (WES).  It may take up to 6 weeks for SOPHAS to receive the WES evaluation, so it is important to plan for this extra time in submitting your credentials to ensure application deadlines are met. If a different evaluation service is used, SOPHAS applicants should have it sent directly to the School of Public Health Admissions Office.

There are a number of evaluation services to use.  Please note that SOPHAS and the University at Albany will only accept evaluations from the World Education Services (WES). SOPHAS applicants will receive a 10% reduction in the cost of the WES evaluation.

        *Note: Applicants whose academic training was not in the U.S., but who are in the U.S. at the time the application is submitted MUST adhere to all requirements as outlined for international students on SOPHAS. 

        4. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is required for students whose native language is not English. (TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required for students who previously have been enrolled for a minimum of two full-time semesters in a U.S. college or English-speaking institution unless you are applying to the TESOL program.)

        *The School of Public Health requires a minimum TOEFL score of 98 for most programs.  Some School of Public Health programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 100.  Applicants should carefully review the program specific requirements to determine the minimum TOEFL score required for the program to which they are applying. 

        All official documents should be submitted directly to SOPHAS. It is not necessary to submit an additional copy to the School of Public Health.

        Prior to enrolling, complete and submit a Student Financial Affidavit to document an international student’s ability to meet all educational and living expenses while attending UAlbany. Supporting documentation sent to UAlbany evidencing financial support (bank statements, deposit verification, etc.) must also be provided with the affidavit.

        Financial Information


        Cost of Attending UAlbany

        The Office for International Student & Scholar Services provides the latest information on Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses for international students at the University at Albany. In addition, international students should consider an additional $4,000 annually for each dependent who accompanies them to Albany.

        Financial Assistance  

        A wide range of financial aid opportunities are available at Financing Graduate Study at the University. The University is unable to provide any other financial assistance to prospective graduate international students. It is, therefore, essential that students provide an honest and accurate declaration of funding on the Financial Affidavit.

        Accepted Students


        Finalizing Admission

        A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $250 is required of all students who decide to accept our offer of admission into the MPH program. Deposits must be submitted electronically through the UAlbany Marketplace. This enrollment deposit will secure your place in the incoming class and be applied to your student account. Once you submit the enrollment deposit, you will be provided with advisement for fall courses, instructions for registering, schedule of classes and housing information.

        Housing

        Both on and off-campus housing options exist for graduate students. Empire Commons, an apartment style living complex, is available at the Uptown Campus. For more information please visit www.albany.edu/housing.

        Off-campus housing can be obtained through a variety of resources. The first thing students should consider is whether or not they will have access to a vehicle. If students are relying upon public transportation, they are encouraged to look at and around bus routes to find a suitable location to live. Students with access to automobiles may want to look through local newspaper listings, such as www.timesunion.com or at the Office of Residential Life through their website at www.albany.edu/housing/living/rl_offcampushousing.html. This website is accessible to all University at Albany students, however and often caters to undergraduate student needs. Additional housing information will be mailed with your acceptance letter.

        Useful Phone Numbers/Contacts (Opens new window)

             

        General Information

        SEVIS Fee

        The SEVIS fee must be paid in order for you to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa. You cannot apply for your visa until the fee is paid.

        Please note that while citizens of Canada and Bermuda are exempt from the requirement to possess a visa to enter the U.S. However, they are still required to pay the SEVIS fee.

        Please refer to the following Student and Exchange Visitor website for more information: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/

        All students who pay the SEVIS fee will receive a formal receipt that should be used as proof of fee payment. To pay the SEVIS fee online, go to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements website then select File the 1-901 Form online and follow the instructions.

        I-20 Form (F-1 visa)

        The I-20 form is a document issued by the university to certify to the U.S. government that you are eligible for a student visa. The initial I-20 form is mailed with your acceptance letter to UAlbany School of Public Health. Please note that an I-20 form will not be issued unless you have officially been accepted to the program.

        DS-2019 Form (J-1 visa)

        This form is issued by the university to certify to the U.S. government that you are eligible for the J-1 Trainee Visa. The J-1 visa is typically issued to individuals coming to the U.S. as students who are receiving funding to pursue a specific program of study, research, training or a cultural enrichment program.

        After receiving your I-20 form or your DS-2019 form it must be signed and brought to the U.S. Embassy in your country.

        To obtain a student (F-1) or an exchange visitor (J-1) visa you must:

            1. Bring verification of official acceptance into the program 
            2. Have formally confirmed that you plan to attend the University at Albany School of Public Health
            3. Provide a copy of your Student Financial Affidavit or evidence of financial support (bank statements, letters of sponsorship etc.) to prove that you can support the costs of living and studying in the U.S. for the entire duration of your program of study
            4. Bring a passport from your home country that will be valid for the duration of your program and at least 6 months after its end
            5. Provide any evidence that you might have to demonstrate that you have strong ties to your home country and that you plan to return to your home country at the conclusion of your study and any period of authorized employment.

        Once the visa has been approved your passport will be stamped with the name of the school. Please note that students must be registered for classes within 30 days after the visa has been issued. .

        I-94 form

        This form will be issued to you once you cross the border into the United States. It must be completed by foreign citizens being admitted into the country on a non-immigrant status. Once completed, the form is evaluated by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer who will approve your admission into the country for an authorized time period. This time period is typically based on the length of time it will take you to obtain your degree. After approval, the stamped form will usually be stapled into your passport. It is important that you DO NOT LOSE this form because it is proof that you have entered the country legally. This form must also be presented to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) once you have arrived on campus. If lost, a replacement is costly so please hold on to this form. Once your period of authorization has expired or you chose to leave the U.S. for an unspecified period of time, this form will be collected from you by the U.S. CBP.

        For additional information on preparing for your first semester at UALBANY please refer to Graduate student To-Do List
        View the full size To-Do List PDF 

        Arrival in Albany


        Services for International Students

        The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is the resource and advisement center for UAlbany's international student population. Services provided include U.S. Immigration counseling, cultural and academic orientation, coordination of social events, a Language Partners Program, and personal and University procedural concerns. You can contact ISS at (518) 591–8171 or via e-mail at ISSS@albany.edu.

        Once you have arrived in Albany you should go directly to the International Student and Scholar Services Office for any questions and concerns. In addition please make sure you attend the New International Student Orientation program that occurs before the start of the semester.

        International Student & Scholar Services

        Science Library G-40
        University at Albany
        1400 Washington Avenue
        Albany, NY 12222 U.S.A.

        Office Hours:
        Summer Hours (May 18 -- Aug 24)
        8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
        Monday through Friday

        Email: mailto:isss@albany.edu
        Phone: 518.591.8189
        Fax: 518.591.8171

         

        Please note that our campus is located on the East campus of the University at Albany in Rensselaer. However, both the Biomedical Science department and the Environmental Health department are located near downtown campus at the Wadsworth Center. If you are from either of these two departments academic matters should be dealt with through these departments.

        To find a specific location on the University at Albany Campus please go to the following link:

        http://www.ualbanyits.org/maps/

        For more information on travel and directions please go to the following link:

        http://www.albany.edu/about_visiting_maps.php

        Lodging around Albany

        Lodging around the East Campus

         

        Useful Information

        General Information about the University and its Region: Please visit About UAlbany

        Join Your Fellow Graduate Students

        You are encouraged to find out about the Graduate Student Organization, a student-run group whose programs facilitate and enhance the academic and extracurricular experience of graduate students at UAlbany. Among its services are its travel and research grants programs, which provide support to qualifying graduate students.

        Healthcare and Counseling Services

        For a mandatory Student Health Fee, the University Health Center provides routine medical services year round for all enrolled students. Other available health coverage at UAlbany includes:

          -Medical coverage through the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan
          -A Student Employee Health Plan for teaching, graduate, or research assistants and their dependents
          -Psychological services through the University Counseling Center
          -A crisis hotline and peer education services through the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program

          For the answers to many common questions, please see International Student: Frequently Asked Questions.

          For more information and access to the Graduate Welcome Packet please go to: http://www.albany.edu/isss/new_students/welcomepkt.shtml