Welcome to Rockefeller!

Welcome to Graduate Studies at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany! Rockefeller is proud to be recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top schools in the country. Our competitive programs provide students with the skills they need for the career they want; we are excited for you to join our pool of talented students. The resources on this page have been compiled to assist new students as they begin their studies at Rockefeller College. Below, please find our admitted student check list, which provides more information about your next steps.

Admitted Graduate Student Checklist

  1. Confirm your acceptance and pay your enrollment deposit. To confirm your acceptance to Rockefeller, click on the “Reply Now” button found in official acceptance letter from the University's Office of Graduate Admissions or through the online application system. Once you accept the offer, you will be prompted to pay the $250 admission deposit (non-refundable). Please note that the $250 admission deposit is due the date stated in your acceptance email from Rockefeller College. You will not be able to register for classes until your admission deposit is paid in full.
  2. Contact your faculty advisor. Once you receive your formal letter of acceptance from the Office of Graduate Studies and confirm your acceptance and pay your deposit, you should contact your faculty advisor to discuss classes and academic objectives. Contact information for your faculty advisor was provided to you via email and in your formal letter of acceptance. If you have any difficulty reaching your academic advisor, please feel free to contact the Rockefeller Admissions Team at
  3. Register for classes. In order to register for classes you will need your advisor verification number (AVN) which is obtained from your faculty advisor. Once you receive your AVN, you will register through MyUAlbany. If you have not set up your MyUAlbany account, follow these instructions. Note: While we encourage you to contact your faculty advisor as soon as possible, you will not be able to obtain your AVN until you confirm your acceptance.
  4. Complete the University's Required Immunization and Health Information Form. The form is available on the University Health Center's website and should be returned to the University Health Center.  Note: this form does not require a physician's examination.
  5. Apply for financial aid. If you applied by the funding deadline for your program, you will be considered for assistantships and scholarships through the College. However, you may also wish to apply for assistance through the University's Office of Financial Aid. Typically, to receive financial aid, you will need to fill out a FAFSA. The FAFSA can be submitted online via; details about FAFSA filing dates can be found on the University's Office of Financial Aid website.
  6. Secure housing. Most graduate students live off campus; the Department of Residential Life maintains a housing registry to assist students in locating off-campus housing. Rockefeller posts available housing that our current students are vacating on the Admitted Student Facebook page and through our NewRock Listserv email list. Limited on-campus housing is available for graduate students; for more information please contact the University's Department of Residential Life.
  7. Welcome Week (MPA Students Only). The Department of Public Administration and Policy requires new MPA students to attend a Welcome Week orientation program. The program runs the week leading up to the first day fall courses. All MPA students are also required to pay a one-time, $240, orientation fee. You will receive more details, via email, from the College regarding the Welcome Week Schedule and your orientation fee orientation fee.
  8. Orientation. Orientation is required for newly admitted students. The college provides orientation prior to the start of classes in both fall and spring semesters. All new students MUST attend orientation. Dates and times for orientation will be provided in your admission letter as well as emails sent by Rockefeller Student Services.
  9. Regularly check your email. You should also check your UAlbany email address on a regular basis. All important University communications will be sent to your UAlbany email. However, you may forward your University email to your preferred email by logging into your Webmail account, choosing "Options," and selecting "Mail Filtering." You will add a new rule that performs an action on all incoming messages.
  10. 10. Contact us with any questions or concerns, please contact our Admissions Team at