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First-Year Experience

Welcome New Great Danes

The First-Year Experience (FYE) gives you a personalized academic experience through small class sizes, faculty relationships, personal advising and peer mentors. As a first-year student, you will develop skills to help you achieve your academic goals.

Our staff members are here to support you throughout your academic journey and connect you to campus resources that will help you succeed at UAlbany.


Our Programs

Whether you’re a first-year student or transfer student, we offer various academic programs and learning opportunities to help you adjust to life at UAlbany. Learn more about how you can select or apply to one of our programs:


Our Campus Partners


Once you’ve submitted your deposit, you’ll be able to register for Orientation in April or May. All incoming first-year and transfer students are required to complete a two-phase program designed to support your transition to UAlbany.

You’ll have the opportunity build connections with your peers and learn about campus resources you need to be successful.

Explore Orientation

Academic Advising

Your advisor is here to support you throughout your entire time at UAlbany. They will create your schedule for your first semester and you’ll meet with your advisor during Great Dane Connection Day and Welcome Week.

During your time here, University Advisors can help you achieve your academic and career goals, assist with access to campus resources, connect with other offices and help grow your support network at UAlbany.

Connect with Academic Advising

Residential Life

When you live on campus, you’ll be a part of a highly engaged and academically motivated community. Residential Life can provide you with a variety of housing options and assist you with the housing application process.

In addition, they work closely with our Living-Learning and Transfer Communities.

Find your home at UAlbany

Interested in Becoming a Great Dane?

Admissions can assist you with applying as a first-year student or transfer student, scholarships and aid, campus tours and events and information for admitted students. 

Apply to UAlbany or submit your deposit

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First-Year Experience
Office of Student Engagement, Undergraduate Education
Taconic 346

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
United States

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Still have questions? Please contact us.