Benefits of Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is hands-on learning.  Through participating in experiential activities while at the University at Albany, students have the opportunity to grow intellectually, personally and professionally.  These opportunities are available to students in all undergraduate and graduate programs. 

There are many benefits for students, including the following:

  • Developing a greater understanding of course material and complex concepts
  • Increasing problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills
  • Reducing stereotypes and gaining greater inter-cultural understanding
  • Improving social responsibility and citizenship skills
  • Networking and career development
  • Testing out professional environments and prospective career trajectories
  • Cultivating stronger relationships with faculty
  • Building research skills for undergraduates, preparing students for graduate education

“To me, experiential education on top of a fine classical academic curriculum is a very natural way to inspire students to see where their studies are going and to prepare them for success after graduation whether it is a job and/or further education.  I often say that higher education done this way is like rowing the boat with both oars.” 

~ Dr. James Stellar, Former Provost