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University at Albany, State University of New York: Narrative Description


1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222-0001
Tel: (518)442-3300
Admissions: (518)442-5435
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of State University of New York System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1844. Setting: 560-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $15.8 million. Total enrollment: 16,293. Faculty: 1,121 (598 full-time, 523 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 17,171 applied, 56% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 95% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 42 class presidents, 15 valedictorians, 357 student government officers. Full-time: 10,455 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 933 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 51 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 8% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at New York State Visiting Student Program, Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations. Required for some: portfolio, audition. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $4350 full-time, $181 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,610 full-time, $442 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1460 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $7540. College room only: $4560. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 160 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: intramural athletics, cultural organizations, political organizations, community service. Major annual events: Fountain Day, Purple Growl, Cultural Carnival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention unit. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. University Library plus 2 others with 2.1 million books, 2.9 million microform titles, 39,240 serials, 10,115 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12.2 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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