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George M. Philip, President
Susan D. Phillips, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
James A. Dias, Interim Vice President for Research
Alain Kaloyeros, Vice President for Nanoscale Science & Engineering
Christine A. Bouchard, Vice President for Student Success
Steve Beditz, Interim 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
Christine Haile, Chief Information Officer
Tamra Minor, Assistant Vice President, Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action
Vincent Delio, Chief of Staff
John Reilly, Associate University Counsel
Daniel C. Tomson, Esq., (Convener) Albany
Pierre L. Alric, Albany
Robert P. Balachandran, New York City
Kevin M. Bronner, Loudonville
Patricia Caldwell, New York City
John R. Fallon, Esq., New York City
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
Dr. Sue R. Faerman, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
Dr. Jeffrey J. Haugaard, Associate Vice Provost and Honors College Director
Dr. Vivien W. Ng, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
About the University
An internationally recognized public research university, the University at Albany puts the world within reach for its nearly 18,000 students. It carries out a broad mission of undergraduate and graduate education, research and service through nine schools and colleges, plus honors 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.
UAlbany offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and minors and 120-plus graduate programs. 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, 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 2010 rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report place 10 programs in the nation's top 30 (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. The college offers graduate programs and announced in 2009 the launch of the world’s first comprehensive undergraduate program in nanoscale science.
Both the UAlbany campus and the region abound with extracurricular opportunities. Students participate in more than 200 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 pursue 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:
• College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - #1 (Small Times)
• School of Criminal Justice - # 2 (US News)
• School of Social Welfare - # 12 (US News)
• Rockefeller College - # 14 (US News)
• Information Technology - # 2 (US News)
• Public Finance - # 7 (US News)
• Public Administration - # 8 (US News)
• Non-Profit Management - # 18 (US News)
• Public Policy - # 22 (US News)
• Atmospheric Sciences - # 22 Federal R&D Expenditures (NSF, 2006)
• Library and Information Studies - # 26 (US News)
• Sociology - # 28 (US News)
• Clinical Psychology - # 43 (US News)
• Education - # 61 (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:
- American Chemical Society
- American Library Association
- American Psychological Association
- Council on Education for Public Health
- Council on Rehabilitation Education
- Council on Social Work Education
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Teacher Education Accreditation Council
- The American Board on Counseling Services, Inc.
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
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 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, apartment-style residence halls, and a new administration building.
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.
Each of four residence quadrangles on the Uptown Campus house approximately 1,200 students and include eight three-story halls and a 23-story tower. Each quadrangle also 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.
Extending westward and adjacent to the Uptown Campus is the complex which is home to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Through corporate and governmental investments, the college has built the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $5 billion, 800,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience.
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, established in 1996, marked Albany's expansion to Rensselaer County. It is home to the School of Public Health, the Cancer Center, and a burgeoning business incubator program.
Three campus libraries comprise the University Libraries, which provide more than two million volumes, and rank 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, library.albany.edu. 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.
Two of the campus libraries, the University Library and the Science Library, are located on the Uptown Campus. The third, the Dewey Graduate Library, is on the Downtown Campus.
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 www.albany.edu/its 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 www.albany.edu/myualbany/. 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 https://www.albany.edu/its/help
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 site: https://www.albany.edu/