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. A confirmation link will be provided in your official acceptance letter from the University's Office of Graduate Admissions; you will be able to access this letter via the Apply Yourself portal. In order to accept your offer of admission, you must log into Apply Yourself , open your official acceptance letter and follow the confirmation link provided. As part of your confirmation you must submit payment of your non-refundable admission deposit fee of $250. Note: Non-degree students do not need to confirm their acceptance or pay the deposit.
  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 via Apply Yourself, 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. Limited on-campus housing is available for graduate students; for more information please contact the University's Department of Residential Life. Most graduate students live off campus; the Department of Residential Life maintains a housing registry to assist students in locating off-campus housing.
  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 2017 Welcome Week orientation program is scheduled to run from Saturday, August 19th to Friday, August 25th; attendance is mandatory for all MPA students admitted for spring and fall 2017. 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. 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.
  9. Contact us with any questions or concerns. The purpose of this page, and our admitted student frequently asked questions, is to provide information for newly admitted students. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Admissions Team at