Who We Are

We are a community of developing scholars. The students are in the earlier years of their development and the faculty are further along in their development, but all are engaged in the process of developing as scholars.


A scholar doesn't only rely on using current knowledge.  Rather, scholars seek to create knowledge.  Scholars work in many professions. Professors at research universities such as UAlbany spend a significant part of their time creating knowledge through their research and other scholarly activities. A physician who gathers data from her patients as a way of understanding the distribution of a disease through a neighborhood is acting as a scholar. Similarly, a lawyer who gathers data to understand more clearly an influence on the verdicts that his clients receive is also acting as a scholar. A parent who observes and records the effectiveness of an intervention with an obstinate child is also acting as a scholar. Consequently, developing the skills of a scholar will be a benefit to all our graduates, regardless of their chosen profession.

Creating new knowledge is an exhilarating process. It challenges scholars to think more deeply and creatively. It provides great rewards when the new knowledge is presented to others through scholarly publications or displays of creative work. It is into this world that students and professors in The Honors College are invited.

We are academically accomplished and serious about our academic pursuits.

The students and professors in The Honors College have diverse characteristics. While many of these characteristics vary from person to person, we have several in common.

We are intellectual:

  • interested in ideas
  • intrigued by the gaps in our understanding of people and the world 
  • curious

We are ambitious:

  • striving to teach more effectively and learn more completely
  • pushing the limits of our knowledge and creativity
  • searching for new ways to use our talents

We are involved:

  • actively learning in the classroom, the research laboratory, or the studio
  • participating in campus and community activities
  • serving others

The students in The Honors College come primarily from throughout New York State. However, a significant number also come from states outside New York and from several countries other than the U.S.

Our students bring a wide range of talents and interests with them to UAlbany. When they are not in class or studying, they can be found in the gym, an art studio, the Performing Arts Center, or a community service agency.

Stereotypes have helped perpetuate the myth that very intelligent people are homely and incapable of debonair social activity. Neither stereotype is true. In fact, just the opposite may be true. Students in The Honors College are involved in theater, the creative arts, intercollegiate athletics, and many campus organizations. They organize concerts on campus, tutor children in local schools, volunteer in preschools and nursing homes, and play on intramural sports teams. And, of course, they all socialize with some of the other 12,000 undergraduates at UAlbany, think about their future, and have fun.