The University at Albany, State University of New York, is the senior campus of the SUNY system, the largest system of public higher education in the nation. As one of four university centers in that system, Albany offers undergraduate and graduate education in a broad range of academic fields at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree levels.
Three traditional obligations guide the University: teaching, research, and community service.
Instructional excellence is assured through the quality of the faculty and the fact that the University has designed its academic programs to allow students to achieve maximum intellectual growth, as well as thorough training to help meet career objectives. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves, to explore freely the world about them, and then to accept the responsibility that comes with challenge and freedom.
An active research program reflects the awareness of a responsibility to contribute to the expansion of knowledge and understanding. The University actively assists and encourages its members to do scholarly and creative research and to make the results widely available. The University enjoys a Carnegie Research 2 Public Research University rating, and is one of the top 140 educational institutions in the country in annual external funding.
Albany also understands its special role as an intellectual resource. Scholars are encouraged to share their skills and competence, and the University regularly invites the community to use its talents, resources, and facilities.
To meet each of these responsibilities, Albany maintains a wholehearted commitment to all of them.
Description: UAlbany, the largest of 15 colleges in the Capital Region, enrolls approximately 17,000 students, including more than 5,200 graduate students. More than two-thirds of the University's undergraduate students pursue post-baccalaureate study. The University now awards more than 150 doctorates a year in disciplines in the arts and sciences and professions.
Nationally and internationally renowned scholars are among the more than 920 full-time faculty members who are committed to maintaining the high academic standards which have characterized Albany since its founding in 1844. A large number of our faculty have earned the rank of Distinguished Professors, the highest academic honor for a faculty member in the State University of New York System. Additionally, an increasing number of the academic departments have gained national prominence. Finally, many of the faculty are integrally involved in meaningful community service efforts in the Capital Region and throughout the state.
Organization: The University enrolls students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Computing and Information and the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Public Affairs and Social Welfare offer undergraduate and graduate programs. The School of Public Health offers graduate programs only. In 2001, UAlbany established its new College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering, which currently offers courses and will offer degree programs in the near future.
The Uptown Campus
The Campus: The Uptown Campus, designed by noted architect Edward Durell Stone and completed in the mid-1960s, is located on the west side of the city. The setting is highlighted by a podium of 13 academic buildings on a common platform, all connected by a continuous roof and a lower-level corridor. In recent years, an aggressive program of new construction has expanded the Uptown Campus. An additional library and new buildings for environmental science and technology management, the life sciences, and sculpture, as well as residence halls have recently been completed or are under construction.
The Downtown Campus
Several schools and departments are located on the Downtown Campus, a classic Georgian-style complex, recently renovated, that served from 1909-66 as the main campus. In 1996, UAlbany expanded to Rensselaer County with the opening of the East Campus. It is home to the School of Public Health, the Center for Comparative Functional Genomics, and a burgeoning business incubator program.
In addition to the Uptown Campus's classrooms and laboratories, there are two University Libraries and the Performing Arts Center, boasting several theatres, recital halls, and rehearsal instructional space. The Fine Arts Building houses one of the finest museums in the Northeast. The new sculpture building opened in 2002.
Other special facilities on the campus include a National Weather Service meteorological laboratory, Information Technology Services, and a linear accelerator for physics research.
Residential Life: Five residence quadrangles on the main campus, each housing approximately 1,200 students, include eight three-story halls and a 23-story tower. Besides living quarters, each quadrangle has lounges, recreation areas, dining facilities, and classrooms. Nearby Freedom Quadrangle has apartment-style living, and Empire Commons, which provides single-room apartment-style living for 1,200 students.
The hub of student activity is the Campus Center and its new extension, opened in September 1994. It includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of fast-food eateries.
Outdoor recreation facilities include 24 tennis courts (12 with lights), 4 basketball and 6 volleyball courts, an all-weather running track, and several multipurpose playing areas.
Indoor athletic facilities are dominated the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC). With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex with whirlpools and other rehabilitative equipment, four handball/racquetball courts, four squash courts, two main locker rooms, and ten smaller team locker rooms. All facilities are handicapped accessible and have designated seating areas for handicapped spectators. In the Physical Education Center are a pool, locker rooms, and several basketball, handball and squash courts.
Libraries: The University maintains library facilities on both Uptown and Downtown campuses. Library collections, organized by the Library of Congress classification system, number over 2 million volumes. Current periodical and newspaper subscriptions number 16,312 and the library has extensive back files. A selective depository for U.S. government publications, the library also collects documents of local, state, foreign, and international governmental agencies. The University Libraries also have archival collections on particular subjects. Membership in the Center for Research Libraries provides access to the centers three-million-volume collection. The University is also a member of the Association of Research Libraries.
The Science Library
Computer Search Services librarians assist users to develop computer-produced bibliographies using research databases for all fields as well as for dissertations, and government reports. The library also has many databases available on its web site, http://library.albany.edu.