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An Academic Port, Post-Storm

Students from hurricane-hit islands looking to UAlbany.

Residents of Puerto Rico line up for bottled water distributed by the U.S. Coast Guard. (Photo courtesy of FEMA) 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 6, 2017) — A new University at Albany web page offering admissions information to students impacted by the devastation caused by hurricanes Maria and Irma is attracting interest from students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Last month Gov. Cuomo and the SUNY Board of Trustees announced an offer of in-state tuition for for college students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands whose studies were disrupted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

The new UAlbany web page explains transfer credits, transcripts, financial aid and tuition, and offers links for students to apply on-line. It also provides contact information for both Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions staff for interested students to contact with questions.

About a dozen affected students have asked for information about the University’s undergraduate application process, said Sandra Starke, the vice provost for enrollment. There are four students from Puerto Rico currently enrolled at UAlbany, she said.

Housing arrangements will be made for incoming students from the hurricane effected regions, said Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Christakis.

“Residential Life is prepared to make housing available to students on campus, including recess housing accommodations for students who cannot return home,” he said, adding that Student CARE services is prepared to provide necessary support in connecting students to various resources on campus to help them succeed.

The information page was created through a collaborative effort between Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Communications and Marketing.

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