Summer Sessions

Registration for Summer Sessions usually begins in late March or early April and is coupled with fall registration. Registration for summer continues through the first day of classes for each session.

All UAlbany students, graduate and undergraduate, are eligible to register for summer classes as are college students from other institutions and those who are college-bound. Newly admitted freshmen or transfers due to begin at UAlbany in the fall term must update their admission status to include summer in order to register for summer classes. Only high school seniors, high school juniors about to enter their senior year, or graduated high school seniors are eligible to attend summer classes.

Albany Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Current University at Albany students must follow the fall/summer advance registration reporting schedule. Students may register at or after their appointment time through the first day of each session. After this time, late registration goes into effect. Students must contact their academic advisor to obtain a summer AVN in addition to a fall AVN in order to enroll.

Visiting Undergraduate Students

Students who attend a college other than UAlbany will be admitted and registered by the Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions. Visiting students may apply and register online, or by mail, fax, or in-person using the printable Nondegree Registration Application.

Once received, the Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions will process the application and registration and respond by email with a registration confirmation. Information to access the University’s Web-based student self-management system (MyUAlbany) will be given at this time.

All visiting students are responsible for appropriate approvals from their home institution ensuring course transferability to their degree program.

General Studies Students

Those wishing to register for undergraduate courses but who are not currently attending college may apply for summer admission through the Office of General Studies. The student must possess at least a high school diploma or the equivalent in order to be eligible. General Studies’ students may apply and register online, or by mail, fax, or in person using the downloadable Nondegree Registration Application.

Limited advisement is available to students through the Office of General Studies to help review course selections and answer academic inquiries.

Students who were once matriculated at UAlbany and have not yet completed a Bachelor’s degree should refer to the section in this bulletin on Readmission Procedures.

Visiting High School Students

High school juniors entering their senior year or high school seniors, each in good academic standing, may be eligible for admission to Summer Sessions. Visiting high school students must follow the guidelines for admission as outlined in the Nondegree Admission section of this Bulletin under High School Students.

Academic Regulations and Policies

Complete academic regulations and standards appear in detail in this Bulletin or online at Should you require information regarding grading standards and academic policy, please refer to the appropriate section of this Bulletin.

Course descriptions as detailed in this Bulletin or online should be reviewed to be sure that all prerequisites have been met prior to registering.

The recommended maximum course load in Summer Sessions is as follows:
four-week session: maximum course load is two courses
six-week session: maximum course load is three courses
twelve-week session: maximum course load is three courses
overlapping sessions: maximum course load at one point in time is three courses

Under no circumstances may a student exceed nineteen credit hours during Summer Sessions.

Students who no longer wish to attend a summer class must drop themselves from that class in MyUAlbany or in writing to the Office of Summer Sessions. Nonattendance does not constitute a drop. Students who fail to drop their class remain liable for the tuition charges. Only dropping within the 0% liability period will cancel a tuition obligation. Students should refer to each session’s academic calendar or to the Tuition Liability Schedule for withdrawal dates without liability. 

Students may not informally audit any summer course. However, students may formally audit a course with instructor consent. All rules and regulations for formal audits can be found in the Auditing Courses section of this Bulletin.

Policies Pertaining to Online Classes

The University at Albany offers a variety of online classes during Summer Sessions. All academic regulations and policies apply equally to online courses.

UAlbany courses are offered in the online format via Blackboard Learning System. Instructions for accessing an online course will be sent by email to each registered student prior to the start of the class. Students are not admitted to online classes after the first day of the course.

All drop deadlines, including those involving tuition liability, apply to online courses. Students wishing to drop their online class must drop via MyUAlbany within the stated deadlines for the session. Nonattendance (not signing into the class) does not constitute a drop with a refund of tuition.  Students must drop within the 0% liability period to obtain a refund.

A blended (or hybrid) course, which is a combination of classroom and online learning, does not constitute a fully online course and the student is not entitled to non-resident tuition rates should they reside outside of New York State. Students should be aware of any class meetings prior to enrolling to ensure proper attendance.