The Carillon

Great Dane Pride

A Message from Lee Serravillo ~ Executive Director, UAlbany Alumni Association

Class of 1949 Reunion Committee members

So what is all this # about?

Well, depending on your class year, it may mean the number sign; the pound sign; or, currently, a hashtag. This tag is used to group social-media messages having a similar theme. Here at UAlbany, we have begun to use #GreatDanePride, and there is a great deal of which we should be proud.

On the Rise

Some, are proud that the value of a UAlbany degree is always increasing as our students become increasingly competitive: The average G.P.A. of accepted freshmen is greater than 91, and the average SAT score exceeds 1100. More than 1,000 world-class faculty teach in 118 undergraduate majors and minors programs, as well as in 138 master’s, doctoral and graduate-certificate programs. And UAlbany’s 161,000-plus alumni live in every state and in more than 115 countries around the globe.


Others take pride in the University’s status as a top college recognized for academic excellence and affordability (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance); its ranking among the top 100 of “America’s Best Public Colleges” (Forbes); and for its top-10 graduate programs in criminal justice, information technology, and public administration (U.S. News & World Report).


Other alumni point to the University at Albany’s impact on the economy and job growth. Over the next five years, UAlbany will add more than 700 permanent positions; hire nearly 200 new faculty; create approximately 1,600 construction jobs; and recruit 1,350 additional students. As the single largest enterprise in the Capital Region, the University boasts 23,000 students, faculty and staff. UAlbany students, who contribute $120 million to the Capital Region economy every year, also take advantage of more than 500 study-abroad opportunities in more than 50 countries.

So, what does Great Dane Pride mean to you?

We’d love to hear from you, see your comments and photos, and continue the conversation online. Send us an email ([email protected]), tweet with the hashtag #greatdanepride, or comment on