At UAlbany, we know that you're more than a grade point average and a test score.
The goal of UAlbany's admissions process is to identify applicants who will flourish in a diverse educational environment and contribute to our community as they pursue their academic goals. When evaluating applicants for freshman admission, we consider the following factors:
We do expect that you will have completed a traditional college-preparatory curriculum in high school, and we encourage you to take some enriched and honors-level courses when appropriate.
Applicants must present a minimum of 18 units from high school:
- Four units of English or the equivalent
- Three units of Math, including elementary algebra, geometry, and at least one additional academic unit of mathematics or the equivalent
- Two units of laboratory science
- Three units of social science including one of U.S. History
- At least one year of foreign language (two years or more is strongly recommended)
The mid-range GPA of accepted freshmen for fall 2020 was between 89 and 95 (3.4-3.8).
The State University of New York has authorized the University at Albany to be test-optional for students applying for first-time freshman admission for the spring semester of 2021, the fall semester of 2021, and the spring semester of 2022. View our test-optional policy.
For fall 2020, the middle 50% of accepted freshman scored between 1130 and 1300 on the SAT and 23 to 28 on the ACT.
UAlbany will accept self-reported ACT or SAT scores for provisional admission decisions; students who are enrolling must submit official scores at the same time as their final high school transcripts. The Admissions Office reserves the right to withdraw any scholarships and/or admission if a student’s official scores are found to be lower than those self-reported at the time of application.
In evaluating a student’s ability to contribute to a diverse educational environment, the admissions committee may look at non-academic characteristics, including involvement in the school or community.
Academic performance in high school is considered to be the best predictor of academic success, but it is not the only factor that will play a role in your experience as an undergraduate. Our admissions committee looks at the whole person, recognizing your special talents and interests outside the classroom as well as in it.
Accepted Freshman Profile ('20):
Mid-Range GPA: 89-95 (3.4-3.8)
Mid-Range SAT: 1130-1300
Mid-Range ACT: 23-28