The Division of Student Affairs creates an inclusive student experience that promotes academic success, social engagement, personal growth, and resilience. The Division strives to advance the University’s commitment to excellence by preparing students to live, learn, and lead in an increasingly complex, diverse, and global society.
Units within the Division of Student Affairs are Assessment and Planning, Campus Recreation, Career and Professional Development, Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research, Center for Leadership and Service, Counseling and Psychological Services, Enrollment Marketing, Financial Aid, Orientation and Transition Programs, Registrar, Residential Life, Student Financial Services (Student Accounts), Student Health Services, Student Involvement (which includes the Campus Center, Intercultural Student Engagement, and Student Activities), and Undergraduate Admissions. Student Affairs also houses the Office of the Dean of Students, which is comprised of The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence, Community Standards, Disability Access and Inclusion Student Services, Off-Campus Student Services, Student CARE Services, and Veteran and Military Student Services.
The Vice President for Student Affairs
The Vice President for Student Affairs has the responsibility for the leadership and administration of all the departments within the Division of Student Affairs and oversees all services, activities, and programs designed to promote a positive total educational experience for every student. The Office of the Vice President is located in University Hall and can be reached at (518) 956-8140.
Campus Recreation provides diverse, stimulating, and engaging recreational opportunities that enrich the UAlbany experience. These programs include fitness and wellness, intramural sports, group exercise classes, club sports, outdoor pursuits, and open recreation.
Facilities include three fitness centers equipped with aerobic, free weight, and circuit machines; racquetball courts; and a pool. Outdoor spaces include basketball and tennis courts, grass and turf fields, and a softball field.
The Recreational Services Office is located on the main level of the Physical Education Building, PE 110A, and can be reached at (518) 437-3739 or [email protected]. To learn more, visit the Campus Recreation website or follow the office on Twitter (@UAlbanyRec).
Career and Professional Development
Career and Professional Development assists and supports students of all majors and class levels with exploring majors and career options, making decisions about graduate study, and identifying and preparing for internship and job opportunities.
The office provides support through one-on-one appointments as well as drop-in hours for quick questions and resume or cover letter feedback. Working closely with academic departments, The Alumni Association, student organizations, and other Student Affairs departments, Career and Professional Development provides workshops and events related to a variety of career topics.
Also offered is an on-campus recruiting program for internships and full-time employment, as well as annual job and internship fairs. To learn more, students should access their account on Handshake, UAlbany’s career development platform.
Resources to research major and career information, graduate school programs, resumes, and cover letters can be accessed by visiting their website.
For more information, visit the office at Science Library G-50 or contact (518) 437-4900.
Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research
The Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research promotes the behavioral health of University at Albany students by advancing innovative, evidence-based practices that address alcohol and other drug use, mental health promotion, and positive psychology, thereby enhancing the academic and personal success of our diverse student body. The Center engages in translational research, as well as teaching and supervision of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate trainees.
What the Center does:
1. Provides the highest quality of services that promote the behavioral health of students and supports the prevention and health promotion efforts of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Health Services (SHS).
2. Offers training opportunities in behavioral health at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.
3. Contributes to scholarship addressing best practices to support the behavioral health and well-being of college students, both within UAlbany and on a national scale.
The Center oversees the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, a nationally-recognized peer assistance program that trains students to help other students. Through a hotline service, Middle Earth peers lend a listening ear, assist with problem-solving, and provide information or referrals. Middle Earth also provides peer-to-peer wellness coaching services, workshops, and interactive theatre presentations for the campus community. The Middle Earth hotline (518-442-5777) is open from 1:00 PM to midnight Monday through Thursday, and 24 hours a day from 1:00 PM on Friday until midnight on Sunday when classes are in session. Students providing peer services in Middle Earth earn academic course credit. Learn more about Middle Earth services or how to join.
The Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research is located in the Health and Counseling Services building. The entrance to Health and Counseling Services is on the south side of Dutch Quad across from the Athletic fields. For further information or questions, please call (518) 442-5800 or visit their website.
Center for Leadership and Service
The Center for Leadership and Service creates an inclusive and respectful environment that challenges students to become positive agents of social change, whereby students are empowered to lead and follow as example, engaged in the community and recognized as world-class leaders.
Learn to lead. Be a leader. Serve through leadership.
The Center for Leadership and Service is located in Campus Center West B92 and can be reached at (518) 442-5446. Visit the Center for Leadership and Service website for more information.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides psychological assistance to help UAlbany students reach their educational and personal goals. CAPS staff is diverse and culturally inclusive, accessible, and available to meet the needs of all students. Staffed by psychologists, CAPS also provides supervised training for doctoral interns from throughout the United States and Canada. There is no charge for CAPS services.
CAPS provides both individual and group psychological counseling as well as evaluation for emotional, social, and academic concerns. A case manager is available to assist with referrals, as needed. Students may consult with CAPS staff by telephone, email, or in person regarding issues that impact them or someone they care about. CAPS also offers a number of online self-help resources, including stress reduction and wellness apps, and free anonymous online screenings for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and alcohol and other drug use.
To support the success of UAlbany students, CAPS offers workshops, informational exhibits, and interactive social media campaigns about mental health and well-being, alcohol and other drug use, body image and eating awareness, sport psychology and performance enhancement, and suicide prevention with the support and collaboration of the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research. CAPS offers resources on reducing stress and supporting wellness and happiness in life, as well as offering workshops on how students can help other students as an empowered bystander.
Counseling and Psychological Services is located in the Health and Counseling Services building. The entrance to Health and Counseling Services is on the south side of Dutch Quad across from the Athletic fields. Please call (518) 442-5800 with questions or to make an appointment. For additional information, including hours of operation and directions, visit the CAPS website or email [email protected].
Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students (DoS) serves as a single point of entry and central resource for students, families, faculty, and staff when navigating complex issues that impact the student experience. DoS units and staff support student success by cultivating a diverse and inclusive campus culture through education, campus engagement, and student self-advocacy. The Office will work directly with students to assist them with a variety of concerns and connect them to appropriate resources on and off campus.
The following units comprise the Office of the Dean of Students:
The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence provides confidential advocacy and emotional support services to student survivors of all types of sexual violence through the coordination and provision of all services and actions they may need to help them heal. The Center provides a comprehensive sexual violence prevention and training program for students, faculty and staff.
Community Standards supports and promotes a safe and civil community through the establishment and administration of the student code of conduct, Community Rights and Responsibilities. Staff in this unit consult with students, faculty/staff, and community partners and facilitate a variety of resolution processes to address concerns, conflicts, and violations of University policy.
Disability Access and Inclusion Student Services supports students by ensuring a fully accessible living and learning environment for the University’s programs, services, and activities in order to prepare them for a successful future in a diverse and global society.
Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) provides support, resources, programming, outreach, and accountability to students who reside or plan to reside off-campus with an emphasis on safety and security, community engagement, being a good neighbor, locating housing, and tenants’ rights. OCSS strives to promote positive University/community relations by working collaboratively with internal and external partners to address issues and concerns that impact the college community off-campus.
Student CARE Services administers programs to help students overcome personal, social, and financial barriers to academic success, especially those related to emergency and basic needs. Support may include collaborative needs assessment, resource coordination, financial and in-kind grants, and on-going mentorship.
Veteran and Military Student Services provides support to University at Albany students who are veterans, veteran-dependents, active duty personnel, Reserve and National Guard members, and ROTC cadets to secure Veterans Affairs educational benefits, facilitate connections, and create a sense of community through veteran-centered events and activities.
The Office of the Dean of Students and staff can be reached at (518) 442-5501 or [email protected].
The Office of Financial Aid is committed to assisting students and their families meet the cost of attending the University. Financial Aid administers federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs for undergraduate and graduate students. These programs include: Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, the New York State Grants and Scholarships, the Educational Opportunity Program, and University at Albany Foundation and Benevolent Association Scholarships. Financial Aid is located in the Campus Center, Room G26, (518) 442-3202, www.albany.edu/financialaid.
Orientation and Transition Programs
Orientation and Transition Programs supports the transition of new and continuing students at the University at Albany by encouraging the exploration of opportunities, supporting connections to University resources, promoting a sense of pride in the University, and partnering with parents and families. Students entering the University as newly matriculated freshmen or transfer students are required to participate in an Orientation program. Orientation programs support new students and introduce them to the academic, social, and cultural aspects of the University. Freshman Orientation is a two day program in the summer which includes an overnight stay in a residence hall. Transfer students attend both a one day Transfer Advisement session as well as a separate one day Transfer Orientation program. All new students admitted in the spring semester will also attend an orientation program prior to the start of the semester.
Orientation and Transition Programs partners with family members during this exciting time in their student's life to assist them in understanding the experience their student is embarking upon. Family Orientation programs are offered concurrently with student programs and provide the opportunity to learn more about University resources available to incoming students.
Orientation and Transition Programs is located in the lower level of Eastman Tower on State Quad and can be reached at [email protected] or (518) 442-5509. More information is also available on their website.
The Registrar's Office at the University at Albany supports the instructional mission of the University and serves the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni and other constituencies with whom it interacts. To this end, it promotes utilization of available technology to deliver services and information in an efficient and secure manner. The services of the Registrar's Office are provided in a caring, fair, respectful manner, adhering to the principles of professional practices and ethical standards enunciated by its professional organization, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO).
The Registrar's Office safeguards the integrity of the institution's academic records and degrees. It is the unit responsible for registration related activities, the University's academic calendar, issuance of official transcripts, awarding of undergraduate degrees and issuance of all diplomas and certificates, the schedule of classes, managing academic space, grading, maintenance of degree audits, certification of enrollment and degrees, maintenance of student academic records, and the administration of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Registrar's Office assures that academic policy, related to student records, is carried out and communicated to all constituents. Records are maintained and released in accordance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies.
The Registrar's Office is located in the Campus Center, Room B-52.
Phone: (518) 442-5540, Website: www.albany.edu/registrar.
Living on campus is an integral part of the overall college experience. The Department of Residential Life provides both traditional and apartment-style living for over 7,500 students. Traditional residence buildings that are both suite- and corridor-style are located on the main campus and the downtown campus. All students living in traditional residence halls are required to be on a campus meal plan. There are also three apartment-style complexes equipped with kitchens. All students are provided with cable hook-up and wireless internet connections. Laundry rooms are conveniently located in all buildings and are free of charge to resident students.
Freshmen students who live outside a 50-mile radius are required to live on campus for their first two years and are assigned to areas designed to enhance their overall experience and build a solid foundation in their first and second year of college study. First-year students can elect to participate in one of several Living-Learning Communities (L-LC) that allow them to live with other students who have similar interests and/or majors. There are also several L-LC options offered for transfer students, though living on campus is optional.
Apartment housing is available to juniors, seniors, and graduate students with the exception of the Freedom Quad apartment complex, which is also available to sophomores. There is no family housing currently available. All residence halls and apartments are smoke free.
For additional information, including scholars housing and the availability of Living-Learning Communities, visit the Residential Life website.
The Department of Residential Life is located in the basement of Eastman Tower on State Quadrangle and can be reached at (518) 442-5875 or [email protected].
Student Financial Services (Student Accounts)
Student Financial Services (Student Accounts) offers "one-stop" assistance to students in matters related to their student account, including financial aid, billing and payment activity. This consolidated service is designed to increase the ease with which students are able to conduct routine business transactions and to offer initial assistance, referral, and follow-up for more complex matters.
Student Financial Services is located in the Campus Center, G-26 and can be contacted by phone at (518) 442-3202 or [email protected]. Visit the Student Accounts website at www.albany.edu/studentaccounts.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services (SHS) provides quality medical care for registered students. Services include treatment for acute illnesses and injuries, gynecologic and sexual health care, psychiatric services, immunizations, travel health counseling, and pharmacy services. There is an onsite pharmacy where students may fill most prescriptions written by SHS clinicians as well as a Self-Help Center (where over-the-counter medications can be obtained at low cost and charged to the student's account). SHS is open Monday – Friday and sees students by appointment. When the Student Health Services facility is closed, an after-hours nurse advice line is available. Appointments with a health care provider are free of charge and may be made online by visiting the Student Health Services website or by calling (518) 442-5229. The main office telephone number is (518) 442-5454. SHS is located in the Health and Counseling Services building. The entrance to Health and Counseling Services is on the south side of Dutch Quad across from the Athletic fields. Please visit the Student Health Services website for additional information about services and immunization requirements.
To further support the success of UAlbany students, SHS delivers health education and health promotion services with the collaboration and support of the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research. For additional information on health education and health promotion services, please visit their website.
The Office of Student Involvement supports the academic mission of the University by emphasizing student involvement in the campus community, which research has proven positively affects student retention, satisfaction, and academic success. A student-centered organization that engages in shared decision-making, Student Involvement advocates for inclusivity and equity, affirms the identity of all individuals, and provides gathering spaces to encourage formal and informal community interactions that build meaningful relationships. The Office focuses on encouraging every student to be engaged in activities outside of the classroom, providing leadership training and opportunities, and supporting shared experiences for the entire UAlbany community.
The Office motto is: Involvement Leads to Success.
Student Involvement is located in Campus Center West B91 and can be reached at (518) 442-5566. Visit the Student Involvement website or the MyInvolvement platform to view the calendar of events and browse involvement opportunities.
Campus Center Management: The newly renovated and enlarged Campus Center, the space on campus that has always been the hub of University activity, is now even more so. Student service offices, meeting facilities, resource centers, student government, and the University Bookstore make this a popular destination for the University community and the center of daily campus life. Diverse dining venues and several new technologically enriched meeting rooms expand the availability for social, cultural, and educational events and bolster the opportunity for student leadership and engagement. The Campus Center is truly that third space on campus, between the classroom and residence, where it all comes together. For more information, stop by the Student Involvement suite in Campus Center West B91, call the Campus Center Connections desk at (518) 442-5491, or visit the Campus Center website.
The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement is committed to developing and maintaining a culturally inclusive campus environment where all students can engage in meaningful relationships with other students, faculty, and staff. These experiences enhance the academic excellence, personal growth, and leadership development of all UAlbany students. Additionally, the Office oversees the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, the Interfaith Center, and the Multicultural Resource Center, and collaborates with the Department of Residential Life to support the CHARGE Resource Center and the Women’s Resource Center, intellectually engaging and inclusive spaces where meaningful intercultural experiences and dialogues are encouraged and supported. These centers also provide advocacy, academic, and social support for students from historically underrepresented communities, including, but not limited to, students of African, Latino, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) descent; various faith and interfaith communities; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Ally community; and first generation college students. The goal is to assist students to succeed socially and academically. More information is available in the Student Involvement suite (Campus Center West B91), on their website, or by calling (518) 442-5566.
Student Activities facilitates meaningful student involvement and engagement with the University in support of their academic and personal success. Student Activities is a campus leader for inclusive and innovative student programming that enhances the student experience. In its work, students will find community and increase their well-being through:
• Campus events including the University Programming Board
• Student organizations and leadership
• Involvement in graduate or undergraduate student government
Student Activities also supports, challenges, and nurtures the 37 diverse fraternities and sororities and over 400 students that make up our fraternity and sorority community as well as the many volunteer faculty and chapter/graduate advisors. See the list of recognized organizations and note important information about unrecognized organizations here.
Student Activities is located in Campus Center West 183 and can be reached at (518) 442-5566. Visit the Student Activities website or MyInvolvement to view the calendar of events and browse involvement opportunities.
Admission to the University is based on evidence of high school graduation or the equivalent, quality of high school program, record of achievement, and desirable personal characteristics without regard to age, sex, race, color, creed, disability, marital status, or national origin. The University welcomes inquiries from qualified high school students, students interested in transferring from another college or university, and adults who wish to begin or resume their undergraduate program.
Students who wish to obtain additional information about the University or admission processes and policies should visit www.albany.edu/admissions or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (518) 442-5435 or [email protected].