General Studies


The virtual Office of General Studies & Summer Sessions is open for business.

While staff in the Office of the General Studies & Summer Sessions are not physically present in the office, you may contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] (for questions and information on Summer Sessions) or [email protected] (for questions and information on Wintersession). We will answer inquiries and make arrangements to serve your needs.

Advance registration for the Fall 2021 term begins Thursday, April 22, and continues thru the last day of late registration for the term. Visiting and non-matriculated students can apply for the Fall 2021 term via the General Studies Online Application. Visiting and non-matriculated students wishing to enroll in Summer 2021 classes may do so via the Summer 2021 Online Application. Advance registration for Summer 2021 begins Monday, March 22.

Due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis and the need to reduce density and practice physical distancing, the University at Albany will be suspending informal auditing in ALL courses, in person as well as remote/online, for the 2020-21 academic year. We will revisit our ability to allow course auditors for fall 2021 at the end of the spring 2021 semester.

We are taking every reasonable step to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families. We thank you for your patience while we continue to serve you in alternate ways.

Please continue to monitor our COVID-19 information web page, which contains all communications sent to our University community, as well as regular updates.





The Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions will be closed for the holiday beginning Tuesday, December 24, through Thursday, December 26. Regular business hours will resume Friday, December 27, at 9:00 a.m. Email to [email protected] will be monitored periodically during this time.


Advance registration for the Fall 2019 term begins Monday, March 11. This application is currently valid for Fall 2019 registration only. Registration for Spring 2019 begins Wednesday, October 17, 2018, and continues through the first day of classes. Please be aware that if you submit your application before October 17, we will not process your application until that date. The Office of General Studies does suggest registering for your spring classes early to increase your chances for enrollment in your desired course(s).



The Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions will be closed Wednesday, December 23, through Friday, January 1, for the university-wide 2015/16 Intersession Energy Savings Initiative. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, January 4.


If you are enrolled in a Wintersession course and need assistance, please contact the ITS HelpDesk at (518) 442-3700 or submit a Service Desk Request at



ACHM120 (Class #10468) - General Chemistry I - for non-degree undergrad General Studies students only. Course is primarily online with the midterm and final taken in-person on campus or at an approved exam location. Click here for more information. Fall 2018 classes start Monday, August 27.

About General Studies

The Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions admits and registers nondegree students for undergraduate credit classes.  Courses taken as a nondegree student may count toward graduation credits if you apply and are admitted into a degree program at UAlbany. 

Each year, many General Studies students apply for admission to degree programs and are accepted by the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions
University at Albany
Social Science, Room 110
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Ph: (518) 442-5140
Fx: (518) 442-5149
[email protected]