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!
L-LCs offer incoming freshmen and transfer students with similar interests, majors, or lifestyles, the opportunity to live together in the same residence hall, take some of their courses together, and meet regularly with faculty and upperclassmen who share their interests. The University at Albany offers a number of Living-Learning Communities to suit a variety of career paths and interests. New communities are always being developed, so check back often for the most up to date list of options!
Residential Living Communities
Our Reach programs are designed for students who want to live with other students who share similar interests. Unlike the Living-Learning Communities, the Reach program is not tied to academic classes or majors. As a Reach member you will share unique opportunities and experiences to get involved at UAlbany with your community of friends.
Freshman and Transfer Seminars (UFSP 100 and UUNI350)
Freshman and Transfer Seminars allow first-year students to explore an area of interest and gain insight into the academic expectations of the University at Albany. These discipline-based, 1-credit seminars taught by some of our best professors are designed specifically to meet the needs of first semester freshmen and transfers.
Explore UAlbany: Part I and II
Explore UAlbany programs are specifically designed to help engage and orient new students to their campus and a new way of living! Introduced during Great Dane Beginnings Opening Weekend and then continued throughout the fall semester with weekly presentations, incoming students connect with faculty and staff by attending lectures on cutting edge topics and on-campus resources.
Lunch Events: Food for Thought and Munch with Your Major
We encourage students and professors to dine together in residential dining halls. The Food for Thought program is open to all students, and Munch with Your Major events connect students with intended majors or recently declared majors to an academic department's faculty.
Incoming students better understand academic expectations at UAlbany through e-mails and our "UAlbany-UKnow: What you really need to know!" website.
The CHEER Fund supports faculty and staff who are Creating Highly Engaging Educational Resources for their students.
Clubs and Groups
Faculty and staff serve as advisors to student clubs and groups, offering expertise, support, and guidance. To see what student groups are doing, visit MyInvolvement.
Food for Finals
UAlbany faculty and staff are invited to stay up late each semester the night before finals begin to serve students who take a break from studying a special Food for Finals meal. "Celebrity servers" are invited to join us for Late Night Breakfast in the fall and Late Night BBQ in the spring.
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.