Three distinct campuses, a multitude of opportunities
The Uptown Campus
The University’s main campus, located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, was designed in 1961-62 by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone. The campus reflects Stone’s signature style of bold unified design, expressed by its towers, domes, fountains, soaring colonnades and sweeping canopy. The result is dramatically different from the dispersed buildings and disparate architectural styles of most traditional university campuses.
A consistent flow of new construction has expanded the Uptown Campus in the last decade, adding new science and art facilities and administration building. The School of Business, awarded a LEED gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, opened in the fall of 2013. Expansion and major renovations have completely refurbished the University's Entry Plaza, main fountain, 20-story Carillon and the Campus Center.
Adjacent to the University’s Uptown Campus on the Harriman State Office Campus stands ETEC, the University's newest facility designed to drive economic growth, create jobs and enhance New York’s competitiveness in key industries such as emergency preparedness, climate, weather and resiliency.
The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, boasting several theaters, recital halls and rehearsal instructional space; the University Art Museum, one of the finest regional museums in the Northeast; and the New York State Writers Institute, a broad educational base for readers and writing students promoting the literary arts.
Other special facilities on the Uptown Campus include a National Weather Service meteorological laboratory, a linear accelerator for physics research, and a cutting-edge data center that supports high-performance computing and networking.
The hub of student activity is the Campus Center, which includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options.
Visit the Department of Residential Life website to learn about the various housing options available to our students and the Campus Recreation website to learn about the indoor and outdoor recreational facilities available on our Uptown Campus.
The Downtown Campus
The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, is a classic Georgian-style complex that served from 1909-66 as the main campus.
Recently renovated, it houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Social Welfare, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.
In 2019, CEHC opened a two-story, 1,700-square-foot drone lab in the basement of Page Hall. The space, enclosed with netting and with black rubber flooring, offers a controlled, indoor environment for UAV flight training, along with land-based robotics research and educational opportunities.
The Health Sciences Campus
The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex purchased in 1996 and located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region's booming bioscience research and high-tech centers.
Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.
It is also home to a highly collaborative, over 35-year partnership between the School of Public Health and the New York State Department of Health.
The Health Sciences Campus solidifies the strong intersection of academia, government and the private sector – entities that collaborate in mutually beneficial ways to further the understanding of health and disease.