Admissions

For High School Seniors 

All high school seniors who apply to the University at Albany are automatically considered for the Honors College. About 5% of UAlbany’s entering freshmen class — roughly 125 students — are admitted to the Honors College. 

Most incoming freshmen Honors students have achieved a 90 average in the core subjects of math, English, science, history and foreign language, semester grades of a B or above, and an SAT score of 1310 or a composite ACT score of 28. However, scores deviating from the standards may be accepted if the student has a record of taking honors and AP courses or an otherwise strong academic record. 

 

For Current UAlbany Freshmen 

First-year students at UAlbany who are serious about their academic work and who excel in their classes and beyond during their first semester or first year are encouraged to apply to the Honors College. About 25 to 30 first-year students, including transfer students, are admitted each year.

Timeline

Students accepted in January: Students who apply after their first semester and are accepted in January can register for spring semester Honors courses and attend spring semester Honors events. They can also sign up for Honors housing in March for the following academic year. 

Students accepted in June: Students who apply after their second semester and are accepted in June can register for fall semester Honors courses and sign up for Honors housing for the following academic year, if space is available.

Application Instructions

To apply, students must submit the following: 

  • The Honors College application (see below)

  • An unofficial transcript (downloadable on MyUAlbany)

  • A 500-word essay (prompt included in the application form) 

Completed applications should be sent as a single .pdf file to honors@albany.edu

Deadlines: 

  • Applications for Fall 2020 admission were due Monday, June 1, 2020. 

  • Applications for Spring 2021 admission are due Friday, January 8, 2021. 

Application Forms:  

For Transfer Students 

Transfer students who will enter UAlbany as second-semester freshmen or first-semester sophomores with outstanding academic performance from their previous institutions are encouraged to apply to the Honors College. About 25 to 30 first-year students, including transfer students, are admitted each year.

Timeline

Students accepted in January: Students who apply and are accepted in January can register for spring semester Honors courses and attend spring semester Honors events. They can also sign up for Honors housing in March for the following academic year. 

Students accepted in June: Students who apply and are accepted in June can register for fall semester Honors courses and sign up for Honors housing for the following academic year, if space is available.

Note: Transfer students who enter UAlbany as a second-semester sophomore, a junior or a senior are not eligible to apply to the Honors College. However, they may be eligible to join their departmental honors program.

Application Instructions

To apply, students must submit the following: 

  • The Honors College application (see below)

  • An unofficial transcript 

  • A 500-word essay (prompt included in the application form) 

Completed applications should be sent as a single .pdf file to honors@albany.edu.

Deadlines: 

  • Applications for Fall 2020 admission were due Monday, June 1, 2020. 

  • Applications for Spring 2021 admission are due Friday, January 8, 2021. 

Application Forms:  

Honors Credit Transfer Policy

Students who completed honors credits at their previous institutions can request to transfer a portion of those credits. Transfer students must submit their previous honors courses’ syllabi to the Honors College Curriculum Committee for evaluation.  

The committee will judge how many credits are equivalent to UAlbany’s honors credits. Regardless of how many transfer credits are approved, transfer students must take at least 9 honors credits at UAlbany to be a member of the Honors College.