Welcome Transfer Students!       

Welcome to the University at Albany! We offer two programs to transfer students to help you transition to the University at Albany. 

  • Transfer Advisement:
    • Transfer Advisement is a half-day session on various dates throughout the summer during which you will meet with your academic advisor to finalize your class schedule.
    • Transfer Advisement is necessary for some students depending on your course of study.
  • Transfer Orientation:
    • Transfer Orientation is a half day conference that takes place during the afternoon of Friday, August 23rd for all new transfer students.
    • At Orientation, you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of different interactive sessions to help you acclimate to the community and become a successful Great Dane!
    • Transfer Orientation is required for all new transfer students.          


  • Registration for Transfer Advisement and Orientation begins on May 1st through the Welcome Website. Please see our Registration page for more details on how to sign up.

Great Dane Beginnings:

  • Great Dane Beginnings is an online community for all new students. This community has a variety of important information to help you prepare for your first semester at UAlbany. To access and complete Great Dane Beginnings, please follow the steps below.
    • Beginning on May 1st, login to Blackboard using your NetID and password.
    • Click on the “Community” tab in the top right.
    • Click on “Transfer Great Dane Beginnings” under “My Organizations.”
    • Review all sections of the community and complete all quizzes before your scheduled Orientation date.
  • Completion of Great Dane Beginnings is required for all new students. Please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@albany.edu with any questions.

New Student Fee:

  • The New Student Fee supports UAlbany undergraduate students throughout their undergraduate careers. Programs supported by this fee include:
    • Two-day Orientation program for all non-EOP freshman students
    • Transfer Advisement sessions and Transfer Orientation for all incoming transfer students
    • Connect2UAlbany programming for first and second year students
    • Prepare4Success programming for third and fourth year students
    • On-line Orientation entitled Great Dane Beginnings
    • Student Success Center programming
  • The New Student Fee is mandatory for all students excluding on-line degree candidates, IELP, Certificate Programs, Continuing Education, and EOP.
  • The New Student Fee is $255 for freshman students and $115 for transfer students.


  • Do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions. We can be reached via email at orientation@albany.edu or via phone at 518-442-5509.