Your First Year

Start your first year off right! Become a part of a smaller community within UAlbany. Whether it be one of our Transfer Communities, or a transfer class, you are bound to make connections and friendships and ensure you have an outstanding first year at UAlbany.

Choose One Option Below To Ensure You Have A Successful First Year!

See our Transfer Services flyer here!

Transfer Communities

If you are thinking about living on campus we encourage you to check out one of our transfer communities. These are small communities (around 30 students) of new transfers who share similar interests, majors or motivations to get involved on campus. Transfer communities provide transfers an opportunity to connect with faculty and staff in their majors, introduce you to many ways to get involved on campus, take advantage of many leadership opportunities UAlbany offers, and make life-long friendships.

To learn more about our Transfer Communities, please click here!


Transfer Challenges of the 21st Century Courses

If the Transfer Communities aren't for you, we encourage you to register for one of our Challenges of the 21st Century general education courses!

This year, we have set aside several classes JUST FOR NEW TRANSFERS! This will allow you to complete this general education requirement with new transfers like you. You will be able to meet new friends and develop study groups together.

Below are the Fall 2019 class offerings; please choose a class number listed below and register for it when you create your fall schedule.

 RPOS 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics & International Relations

Course Description: The course is an introduction to the actors, structure, issues, processes, and major theories of international relations and comparative politics. Throughout the course, we will examine several broad questions that scholars of international relations and comparative politics endeavor to address – questions such as 1) Why do wars occur; 2) How do wars come to an end; 3) What determines outcome of wars; 4) What is the relationship between international economics and world politics; 5) Why are some states able to become wealthy but some states continue to remain poor; 6) How do democratic states develop; 7) what are the causes of political violence; and 8) what role does civil society play in international politics? The course will stress analytical thinking and empirical examination of international relations and comparative politics theories.

If you are interested in registering for this ALL TRANSFER Gen Ed course register for one of these class number 7070 (register for discussion section 7073, 7074, or 7077).


AHIS 158: The World in the 20th Century

The course explores the tremendous social, political, cultural and economic changes that shaped the world in the 20th century. Course content will emphasize the increasing interdependence between societies and regions and the forces which shaped the lives of people around the globe. The course also examines how the challenges of the 21st century are products of the 20th. Only one version of A HIS 158 may be taken for credit.

If you are interested in registering for this ALL TRANSFER Gen Ed course register for class number 6744 (register for discussion section 6745 or 6747).


ABIO 175: Forensic Science Investigation

An introduction to forensic science and the various methodologies and applications used in today's multi-discipline crime laboratories. Topics will include a brief history of forensic science, introduction to crime laboratory disciplines and quality assurance, crime scene processing, analysis of physical evidence by the crime lab [firearms and tool marks, chemistry (toxicology, controlled substances), trace evidence, biology, patterned evidence, questioned documents, etc.] and presentation of test results in legal procedures. Does not yield credit toward the BS/BA in biology or the interdisciplinary BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This course is designed primarily for undergraduate students with little-to-no science background.

If you are interested in registering for this ALL TRANSFER Gen Ed course register for one of these class number 7319.


AENG 240: American Experiences

An exploration of life in 21st century America, this small seminar examines issues of diversity and pluralism including race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and citizenship through the study of American literature, media, and culture and through students' own writing projects.

If you are interested in registering for this ALL TRANSFER Gen Ed course register for one of these class number 7141.