University Fast Facts

History and Facts of University at Albany, SUNY

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in nine schools and colleges across 3 campuses. Located in Albany, NY — New York State's capital — the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Health Sciences Campus

Just 2.5 hours from Boston and New York City, the 87-acre Health Sciences Campus is home to a thriving bioscience and high-tech community. Its "co-location" model brings together the best of government, industry and academic researchers and technology, all in one place. The result is a dynamic mix of established biotechnology companies, start-up ventures, University professors, and government scientists who put a premium on collaborating and advancing science.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a variety of computing, telephone and data communications services to the UAlbany community in support of its teaching, research, and service objectives. ITS is composed of six units which work closely with one another, as well as with a variety of technology partners across the three University campuses: Client Support Services, Extended Learning, Research IT, Systems Management and Operations, Telecommunications and Information Security, University Applications Development.

University Libraries

Albany's University Libraries are among the top 100 research libraries in the country. The University Library and the Science Library on the uptown campus, and the Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy on the Rockefeller College campus contain more than two million volumes, subscribe to 5,410 periodicals, and provide access to over 2.8 million microform items.

University Schools and College

College of Arts and Sciences, College of Computing and Information , College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, School of Business, School of Criminal Justice, School of Education, School of Information Science and Policy, School of Public Health, School of Social Welfare.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences, the University at Albany's largest academic unit and the core of its intellectual activity, provides the distinctive foundation of the undergraduate curriculum and the intellectual base for graduate and post-graduate training. With the breadth and the reach of its programs, which include 24 different departments and 59 different programs, the College of Arts and Sciences plays a major role in shaping the overall quality of the learning environment at UAlbany. The College's wide-ranging programs promote critical thinking, aesthetic sensibility, and intellectual capacity for synthesis-all traits important to students' abilities to meet the challenges of the future.

College of Computing and Information

The College of Computing and Information was established in August 2005 designed to prepare the information technology (IT) workforce of tomorrow, advance scientific research, and to further UAlbany's partnerships with government and industry. The new College leverages the strength of three University academic units to attract new resources that will support university-wide information science and information technology programs. These units include the departments of Information Studies (formerly the School of Information Science and Policy), Computer Science, and the Informatics faculty, the home of the University's program in information science. The College will continue to offer a master's program in information science that is accredited by the American Library Association through the Department of Information Studies, and will continue existing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in computer science and in library and information science.

College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), the first of its kind in the world, enables the discovery and dissemination of fundamental knowledge and new frontier scientific principles in the emerging interdisciplinary fields of nanotechnology, including nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobiotechnology and nanoeconomics.
Programs and Centers

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy provides educational preparation for academic and public service careers, to undertake research on significant public problems and issues, and to assist in the continuing professional development of government executives. Rockefeller College is comprised of the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration and Policy and has an enhanced interdisciplinary approach to its public policy mission.

School of Business

The School of Business is recognized as a leader in undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to enter managerial and professional careers. With a theme of information systems at the core of its programs, the School of Business has earned a national reputation among employers as a center for innovation in business education and research.

School of Criminal Justice

The School of Criminal Justice is concerned with the study of all aspects of crime and societal reactions to crime. We examine political, economic and cultural patterns that shape definitions of crime and influence the policy choices about how to respond to certain categories of crime. We also study social and personal forces that lead to criminal conduct, and we analyze the organization and operation of crime control systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the interactions among the many agencies which comprise criminal justice systems and on the relationships between these systems and other facets of society. Since its inception, the School has been interdisciplinary in its approach. Graduates find opportunities in the expanding academic field of criminal justice research and teaching, all the operating agencies of criminal justice, in the many private and non-profit organizations which provide services or make policy recommendations.

School of Education

The School of Education prepares professionals for our nation’s schools, classrooms, and communities. By studying policy and practice, and by training the next generation of school administrators, we also seek to improve educational systems locally, nationally, and internationally. Throughout our work, we focus on producing research-based solutions for the problems facing our schools and communities. Through our departments, research centers, and outreach activities, the School encompasses the full range of research and practice, theory and application, and analysis and innovation.

Honors College

The University at Albany's new Honors College opened in the Fall 2006, welcoming 119 incoming freshmen and offering special learning opportunities for motivated students. The initial impetus for establishing the Honors College at the University at Albany originated in the College of Arts and Sciences.  In 2003, that College initiated a Strategic Plan focusing, in part, on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of undergraduate students.  The number one recommendation of that plan was the formation of an Honors College to provide a “small college experience” for students by fostering and encouraging the creation of closely-knit cohorts of like-minded, motivated students. The Honors College was also envisioned as a vehicle to increase faculty-student interaction early in a student’s tenure at the University. 

School of Public Health

The School opened in 1985 as a joint venture of the University, the New York State Department of Health and later, Albany Medical College. Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the School offers four graduate academic departments, offering M.S., M.P.H, Dr.PH and Ph.D. degrees, in the basic disciplines that constitute public health: Biomedical Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and Health Policy, Management and Behavior. The Certificate program in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles, acknowledging the emerging need for creative educational modalities in public health, allows students to take class online or in a classroom setting. The Preventive Medicine Residency program and the Residency in Dental Public Health are available to physicians and dentists interested in acquiring the academic and practical skills necessary to work in the field of public health.

School of Social Welfare

Founded in 1965, the School of Social Welfare consistently ranks in the top 20 social work schools nationwide and boasts a faculty ranked second nationally in scholarly publications. The School prepares professional social work practitioners, researchers, educational and policy leaders at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With social service agencies and with local schools acting as hubs for intergenerational family support, the School of Social Welfare works to improve children’s educational and developmental success; addresses the needs of parents, youth and grandparents; responds to the health, mental health, caregiving, and worker retention needs of the aging; and promotes workforce diversity. Special features of the School include: research centers and institutes and the Internships in Aging Program.

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York is a private, nonprofit, educational corporation chartered in 1951 by the New York State Board of Regents. Its purpose is to assist the State University of New York (SUNY) and SUNY faculty in sponsored research, training, and other sponsored activities. All external grants and contracts for the University at Albany are received and administered on its behalf by The Research Foundation for SUNY.