Student Engagement Initiatives

Linda Krzykowski, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Engagement

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education works to provide opportunities and pathways for students to be active and engaged in their studies both inside and outside the classroom. Our students find many different ways to connect with their professors including:

  • Living-Learning Communities to provide incoming freshmen an opportunity to live with and take classes with others who share their interests. Students participate with faculty and current UAlbany students in and outside the classroom (
  • Discipline-based, 1-credit freshmen seminars for incoming freshmen taught by some of our best professors
  • Great Danes LEAD – a pre-orientation camping program for incoming freshmen 
  • Explore UAlbany – during Great Dane Beginnings Opening weekend, incoming students attend lectures on cutting edge topics and get to meet faculty before classes start!
  • Food for Thought – a program where students and professors meet for lunch
  • Clubs and Groups where our faculty and staff members support the organizations by being supportive advisors
  • Helping incoming students understand the academic expectations at UAlbany through e-mails and our UA-UKNOW: What you really need to know! website (
  • UAlbany academic traditions like Candlelighting and Torch Night(