Office of General Studies
Office of General Studies offers extraordinary educational value by
allowing admission into almost all undergraduate courses offered at
the University for academic credit. General Studies applicants must
be high school graduates or hold a high school equivalency diploma
and must be in good academic standing for any college work done
during the 12 months prior to registration. General Studies
applicants can also be degree-seeking students from a college or
university other than Albany. Finally, General Studies applicants may
be high school seniors who excel in their high school coursework.
student who was formerly matriculated at the University at Albany who
has not received a baccalaureate degree is not permitted to register
through General Studies and should refer to the section in this
bulletin on Readmission Procedures.
who already have a baccalaureate or higher degree may also register
in undergraduate credit courses as a non-degree student through the
Office of General Studies. However, those wishing to obtain a second
bachelor’s degree must be admitted as a matriculated student by
Undergraduate Admissions in order to comply with the 30 credit hour
in-residence policy. Credit hours earned in General Studies may not
apply towards this requirement.
Office of General Studies normally requires a campus visit to
complete a simple application and registration process each term.
Since non-degree applicants may be American citizens, permanent
residents or nonresident aliens, this office requires that
nonresident aliens visit the Office of International Student Services
to obtain written authorization to be admitted and registered prior
to visiting our office.
wishing to register for undergraduate courses but who are not currently attending
college may apply for admission through the Office of General Studies. The applicant
must possess at least a high school diploma or the equivalent in order to be
students wishing to register for undergraduate coursework and that are from
an institution other than the University at Albany may apply for admission through
the Office of General Studies as a visiting student. Visiting students are expected
to return to their home college or university to complete their degree program.
It is the visiting students’ responsibility to ensure that the coursework
taken at Albany will transfer back to their home institution and be credited
to their degree program at their home school. The Registrar’s Office will
provide verification of visitor status to officials at the students' home institution
in order to assist them in the credit approval and/or financial aid certification.
attending high school and in good standing can undertake University course work
on a part-time, nonmatriculated basis concurrent with their grade 12 secondary
school program. Summer coursework between grades 11 and 12 is also allowable.
High school students should apply for non-degree study through the Office of
To apply, the visiting high school student must:
a Visiting High School Student Application from the Office of General Studies.
to the application a current high school transcript.
written support from the guidance counselor, who will be expected to:
to the student's emotional and intellectual readiness for college coursework
rank within the student's class
standardized test results (preferably PSAT or SAT scores, but Regents grades
and other testing results will suffice) that indicate that the student can
reasonably be expected to compete academically with university students.
Meet any and all stated prerequisites for the course(s) in question.
-- Home-schooled students are bound by the same guidelines as
visiting high school students.
admission, non-degree students can review course selections with an
academic adviser who is available in the Office of General Studies.
The non-degree adviser may guide students through general inquiries.
However, program specific questions or those regarding possible
matriculation criteria should be directed to the appropriate offices.
course prerequisites and any other special criteria or restrictions for course
registration apply to General Studies students. Evidence of previous college
coursework may be required for registration.
completion of initial admission or readmission, the University’s
web-based student service system (MyUAlbany) will become available
for use for all non-degree students. This system will enable students
to register or perform any schedule adjustments they may require.
Prior to using MyUAlbany, students must obtain an Advisement
Verification Number (AVN) from the Office of General Studies.
are two academic semesters (fall and spring) each year, and a summer
session. Students are encouraged to early register for the coming
term, which can occur as early as March for the summer and fall terms
and October for the spring semester. Admission and registration is
done on a first-come, first-served basis.
General Studies student who fails to complete the courses in which
he/she is enrolled and to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point
average each semester may be subject to dismissal. After a student
has accrued or attempted two terms as a General Studies student, the
University reserves the right to rescind continued enrollment
privileges for failure to maintain sufficient academic progress which
shall be defined as falling below a 2.0 cumulative grade point
average or not completing coursework
in which the student is enrolled.
to Degree Status
year, many General Studies students apply for admission to degree
programs and are accepted by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Credits earned as a nonmatriculated student may be applied toward
graduation requirements for specific majors. Requirements for
admission to specific majors vary from department to department (see
appropriate academic department listings in this bulletin).
must apply to the University formally through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
in accordance with procedures outlined in the Admissions section of this bulletin.
Applicants must submit official transcripts from all other colleges previously
attended. Standardized admission test scores are not required. Minimum requirements
for admission include a high school or equivalency diploma and at least two
units of academic mathematics (see Transfer Admissions section in this bulletin).
Office of General Studies staff admits and registers students falling
in the non-degree status, offers basic advisement information,
assists students with withdrawals, conveys and interprets University
policies, regulations and procedures, encourages and works with
nonmatriculated students in applying for degree status and refers
students to other University offices and services. The General
Studies staff is strongly committed to the needs and concerns of
traditional as well as nontraditional students and are available for
phone and in-person consultation at convenient times throughout the
year. Hours and services are announced in the General Studies
newsletters and publications as well as on the University website.
General Studies students may obtain a University identification card
and are entitled to many of the same privileges as other University
students, including use of the libraries, athletic facilities and
Office of General Studies is joined with Summer Sessions and is called the Office
of General Studies and Summer Sessions. This office is located on the University’s
main campus in LI 85. The office can be accessed via the stairway between the
Library and the Business Administration Building or the stairway in front of
the Library's main entrance.
more information on non-degree study, visit, write or call the Office
of General Studies and Summer Sessions, LI 85, 1400 Washington
Avenue, Albany, NY 12222; phone: (518) 442-5140; fax: (518) 442-5149;