The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education works to provide opportunities and pathways for students to be active and engaged in their studies, both inside and outside the classroom.
Our students and professors find many ways to connect with one another, including:
PALs Mentoring Program
The PALs (Personal Achievement Liaisons) mentoring program pairs faculty or staff members with incoming
undergraduate students (freshmen or transfers) to help students get off to a fast
Provide incoming freshmen an opportunity to live and take classes with others who share their interests. Students participate with faculty and current UAlbany students in and outside of the classroom.
Freshman and Transfer Seminars (UFSP 100 and UUNI350)
Discipline-based, 1-credit seminars from some of our best professors, designed specifically to meet the needs of first semester freshmen and transfers.
Held during Great Dane Beginnings Opening weekend, incoming students attend lectures on cutting edge topics and get to meet faculty before classes start.
Food for Thought
A program that encourages students and professors to dine together in residence dining halls.
Supporting faculty and staff Creating Highly Engaging Educational Resources for their students.
Helps incoming students understand the academic expectations at UAlbany through e-mails and our "UA-UKnow:What you really need to know!" website.
UAlbany Academic Traditions
Some of UAlbany's memorable academic traditions include:
Food for Finals- Faculty and staff serve up late night breakfast for undergraduates studying for finals
Candlelighting- Our opening convocation during which the flame of knowledge is lit
Torch Night- Graduating seniors pass the flame of knowledge on to underclassmen
Clubs and Groups
Faculty and staff act as advisors to student clubs and groups, offering expertise, support, and guidance.
Would you like to have the help of excellent, undergraduate students in your department's lower level courses? High achieving juniors and seniors, selected by you, have the opportunity to learn how to be Peer Educators through a three credit EAPS course that teaches them how them how to effectively assist faculty in lower level courses.