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Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2009
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General Information


George M. Philip, Interim President
Susan D. Phillips, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Lynn Videka, Vice President for Research
Alain Kaloyeros, Vice President for Nanoscale Science & Engineering
Christine A. Bouchard, Vice President for Student Success
Kathryn K. Lowery, Vice President for Finance & Business
Lee A. McElroy, Vice President for Athletic Administration
Fardin Sanai, Vice President for University Development
Catherine Herman, Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Wayne A. Locust, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

University Council

Daniel C. Tomson, Esq., (Convener) Albany
Pierre L. Alric, Albany
Robert P. Balachandran, New York City
Kevin M. Bronner, Loudonville
John R. Fallon, Esq., New York City
Frank T. Gargano, Esq., Melville
Michael A. Montario, Howes Cave
Michael R. Stein, Cooperstown
Jeffrey L. Luks (alumnae/i representative), Latham
Brian Tregerman (student representative), New York
Professor Michael Range (faculty representative)
Glenn Pichardo (graduate student delegate), Albany

Undergraduate Education

Dr. Sue R. Faerman, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
Dr. Jeffrey Haugaard, Associate Vice Provost for Honors
Dr. Vivien W. Ng, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
Dr. Anne Hildreth, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of the General Education Program

About the University

The University at Albany is an internationally recognized public research university, carrying out a broad mission of undergraduate and graduate education, research and service. Nearly 18,000 students are enrolled in nine schools and colleges, plus an honors college, and benefit from the strength and rich diversity of UAlbany's people and programs. Nationally and internationally renowned scholars are among the more than 920 faculty members who are committed to maintaining the high academic standards which have characterized the University since its founding in 1844.

The University offers 189 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs. Majors in public health, journalism, and documentary studies were recently added to an already comprehensive undergraduate program. Outstanding faculty, an innovative curriculum, and student-centered services provide students with a strong foundation for academic and career success. Approximately 40 percent of undergraduates participate in faculty-mentored research. More than 300 study-abroad programs help prepare students for the global economy, and extensive internship opportunities in New York's Capital Region offer real-world experience.

Further enriching the UAlbany student experience is the Honors College, opened in fall 2006, in which top professors from many disciplines teach select, highly motivated students.

The University boasts academic strengths in a wide range of fields (see list below). The 2008 rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report place 14 programs in the nation's top 25 (five from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy), with the School of Criminal Justice and the program in information technology each ranked No. 2. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, located in the most advanced research complex of its kind, was ranked the #1 college in the world for nanotechnology and microtechnology by Small Times magazine in 2007.

Both the UAlbany campus and the region abound with extracurricular opportunities. Students participate in more than 150 student clubs, honor societies, and other campus-related groups, and choose from a busy calendar of campus events, including spirited Division I athletic competition in 19 sports and a rich array of cultural activities.

Throughout its history, the University has graduated generations of leaders in all fields. Today, more than two-thirds of undergraduates go on for advanced degrees, and acceptances to law and medical schools are above the national average.

UAlbany plays a major role in the economic development of the Capital Region and New York State, particularly through its programs in nanosciences and biomedical sciences.

Nationally ranked programs include:

  • Nanotechnology and Microtechnology — #1 (Small Times)
  • Africana Studies — # 2 (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
  • School of Criminal Justice — # 2 (US News)
  • Information Technology — # 2 (US News)
  • Public Finance — # 7 (US News)
  • Public Administration — # 8 (US News)
  • Archives and Preservation — #9 (US News)
  • Social Welfare — # 12 (US News)
  • Public Affairs — # 14 (US News)
  • Non-Profit Management — #18 (US News)
  • Public Policy — # 22 (US News)
  • Atmospheric Sciences - #22 Federal R&D Expenditures (NSF, 2006)
  • Library Science — # 23 (US News)
  • Sociology — # 25 (US News)
  • Clinical Psychology — # 43 (US News)
  • Education — # 56 (US News)


Strategically located in New York’s state capital, UAlbany is within minutes of the State Legislature, the courts, and headquarters for all service agencies of the largest state government in the nation. The city itself is a vibrant center for culture and entertainment. Among its attractions are the New York State Museum and Library and the Times Union Center, a 15,000-seat venue for major entertainment and sporting events. Close by are the Berkshires, the Catskills, Saratoga, and the Adirondack Mountains, areas famed for recreational and cultural opportunities.


The University is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State, which has registered all of its degrees and programs and fully approved its professional programs through the State Education Department. Graduates are recognized by the American Association of University Women. Albany is also a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S. It is fully accredited by:

  • The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • American Psychological Association
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education
  • The Council on Social Work Education
  • The American Chemical Society
  • The American Library Association
  • The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business
  • The American Board on Counseling Services, Inc.


The University enrolls students in nine degree-granting schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Computing and Information, Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering,  School of Business, School of Criminal Justice, School of Education, School of Public Health and School of Social Welfare. The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for Research jointly work with the academic units in curricular and research areas.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education is responsible for the coordination of the academic experience of undergraduate students and works closely with the deans and faculty of the individual schools and colleges in developing, coordinating, and implementing undergraduate academic policy and curricula. Non-degree study at the undergraduate level is coordinated by the Office of General Studies.

The Campuses

The Uptown Campus, the University’s main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Ave. and has been described as “a distinctive work of modern art.” Designed in 1961-62 by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone (1902-1978), the campus bears Stone’s signature style of bold unified design, expressed by its towers, domes, fountains, soaring colonnades and sweeping canopy. The result is dramatically different from traditional university campuses with dispersed buildings and disparate architectural styles. In recent years, an aggressive program of new construction has expanded the Uptown Campus with a new library, a Life Sciences Building, a sculpture studio, and residence halls.

The Uptown Campus also features two libraries,  the Performing Arts Center — boasting several theatres, recital halls, and rehearsal instructional space — and the University Art Museum, one of the finest regional museums in the Northeast.

Five residence quadrangles on the Uptown Campus, each housing approximately 1,200 students, include eight three-story halls and a 23-story tower. Each quadrangle has lounges, recreation areas, and dining facilities. Nearby Freedom Apartments has apartment-style living, and Empire Commons provides single-room apartment-style living for 1,200 students. Housing is also available on Alumni Quadrangle, located near the Downtown Campus.

Other special facilities on the Uptown Campus include a National Weather Service meteorological laboratory, a Computing Center, and a linear accelerator for physics research. The hub of student activity is the Campus Center. It includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of fast-food eateries.

Outdoor recreation facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, an all-weather running track, and several multipurpose playing areas.

Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex with whirlpools and other rehabilitative equipment, four handball/ racquetball courts, four squash courts, two main locker rooms, and ten smaller team locker rooms. All facilities are handicapped accessible and have designated seating areas for handicapped spectators. In the Physical Education Center are a pool, locker rooms, and several basketball, handball and squash courts.

The Downtown Campus is a classic Georgian-style complex that served from 1909-66 as the main campus.  Recently renovated, it now houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the School of Criminal Justice and the School of Social Welfare.

The East Campus, opened in 1996, marked Albany's expansion to Rensselaer County. It is home to the School of Public Health, the Centers for Comparative Functional Genomics, the Cancer Center, and a burgeoning business incubator program.


The University at Albany Libraries provide more than two million volumes, and ranks among the top 100 research libraries in the U.S., according to the Association of Research Libraries. Users from around the world access services and collections through the Libraries' online systems and webpage, The Libraries offer a program of information literacy and user-education with instruction that ranges from a focus on traditional bibliographic access to collaborative classes integrated into the curriculum.

University Libraries consists of three libraries. Two are located on the Uptown Campus, the University  and the Science Libraries, and one on the Downtown Campus, the Dewey Graduate Library.

University Library contains the largest collection of circulating volumes, the Interactive Media Center, a collection of computer hardware and software that support the curriculum, and the Government Documents Collection, a selective depository for U.S. documents.

The Science Library houses the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

The Dewey Graduate Library supports graduate research in the fields of public affairs, public administration and policy, criminal justice, political science, social welfare and information science and policy.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services: ITS provides technology systems and support for the University community. ITS offers an extensive array of information technology tools, training and other support for students, faculty and staff. Visit the ITS webpage at for an overview of products, policies and services available. Alerts and notices of service interruptions, as well as items of special interest are provided on the Web.

To learn more about the University’s student, faculty and staff self-service Web site, MyUAlbany, go to This is the ‘portal’ through which students can enroll in courses, add or drop classes, view their academic records and update personal information. Faculty use MyUAlbany to generate class rosters, enter grades and view advisee information. The ITS HelpDesk located in LC-27 is available to answer questions about ITS-provided services. Faculty, staff, and students can submit questions at

Key Dates

1844  Founded as the New York State Normal School
1909  Downtown Campus opened
1935  First residence halls opened, Pierce and Sayles
1962  Designated SUNY University Center
1967  Uptown Campus opened
1976  Renamed University at Albany
1983  NYS Writers Institute established
1992  Recreation and Convocation Center (now SEFCU Arena) opened
1996  University Foundation acquires new East Campus for School of Public Health, biotechnology and high-tech start-up businesses
2001  School (now College) of Nanoscale Science and Engineering established
2005 College of Computing and Information established
2005  Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics opens on East Campus

For more information concerning the rich history, traditions and achievements of the University at Albany, please visit the University’s Web page: