Undergraduate Admissions

The School of Social Welfare's bachelor's of science (B.S.) program prepares students for beginning social work. It provides a liberal education for students interested in the social sciences and human service professions and many graduates qualify for advanced standing in MSW programs.

When students join the ranks of social workers, their careers are filled with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options. Social work is a rewarding profession devoted to helping people function their best at home and in the community. Through social work, you can provide direct service or therapy to people, or work for change to improve social conditions.

At the University at Albany, the School of Social Welfare's B.S. program in social welfare is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Application Process

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Information Sessions for those students interested in majoring in Social Welfare will be held during the fall semester. A schedule with the dates, times, and locations will be posted at the beginning of the fall semester.

All students majoring in social welfare at our school must complete an admissions application. Download the fillable PDF application packet (or WORD document) containing all instructions for completing the application. All applications are due by February 15th. Any applications received after that time will only be considered if seats are available.

Please note that the application instructions require:

Applicants who are not a current University at Albany student must submit their application to the University at Albany office of admissions at the same time they submit a separate undergraduate application to the University at Albany. If you are not a current University at Albany student and need more information, please contact The University at Albany Office of Admissions at ugadmissions@albany.edu or (518) 442-5435.

Applicants who are current University at Albany undergraduate students must submit their application directly to the School of Social Welfare. If you are a current student and need more information, please contact Alyssa Lotmore at alotmore@albany.edu.