Location
Albany, NY
Undergrads
12,064
Tuition (in-state)
$15,335 ($7,525)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1428 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: As far as I experience, the safety and health on campus has been pretty good.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The food at my dining hall is the best! I can't complain. Different food every day, every week!

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: The girls act out every too often and the boys are okay looking. Both gender dresses well!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't currently, nor do I plan to move off campus. Therefore my knowledge in the area is not applicable.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great academic experience thus far. Feel like I have been taught a lot by some brilliant professors.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: No scholarship for me, because I missed the SAT minimum by 10 points!

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Nobody pays any interest to the varsity sports and there's no school spirit.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Snows about twice a week, but that's manageable. My problem is the cold and wind. It's freezing up here and often times with wind chill feels below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are alright, but in my opinion offer no social scene.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus I have no fear for my safety, but off campus is a totally different story.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Albany is a ghetto town, which is neither safe or fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The university itself is not all that strict, but when you leave campus the Albany PD are very strict.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Marijuana is often used on campus, but there is rarely and peer pressure involved.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting back to New York City by bus is extremely simple as the bus picks you up right on campus and the right is only about 2.5-3 hours. The busses are also usually pretty cheap.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Socially the school is run by underground Fraternities. In my opinion this is not very appealing and makes me wish I had never come here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Around SUNY Albany most off campus dining is take out food. The pizza is pretty bad, as is the wings. With that said chicken Joes is a great spot for those looking for good, unhealthy, junk food! Beware though... the delivery wait could be upwards of 2 hours!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is definitely around campus and students do take part in partying with it. You can stay away from it if it is not your thing. There is a lot to do on campus other than partying. If your friends drink and you don't its not horrible you can still have fun with them, but you will probably have to babysit them and make sure they don't get you caught. Even if your not drinking you will get in trouble if you are under aged.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school is fair with aid but the students who work in the office seem to have a lot of attitude and it seems like they don't want to help the students that come in. Id prefer to work with the counselors but they insist you talked the employed students first. The process of getting aid is not hard and I think its the same for each school.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus your very safe. The only incidents that have happened have been robberies where students made poor decisions to meet someone in a deserted area to sell an iPod or an old phone. If you make smart decisions you will be fine. The police always tend to solve the crime son campus. Living off campus is a little more serious. You need to be very careful and always travel in groups. If you have to travel alone make sure it is in daylight and there are a lot of people around. At night on the weekends there are lots of students on the streets and there are a lot of police so it is generally safe as long as your not doing anything stupid.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a lot of computers on campus but they fill up quickly. Its more convenient for you to have your own but its not totally necessary. Printing I think should be free but it is 10 cents per page that is black ink.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The weekends have a lot more restaurants open later. Students are roaming the streets at 3am looking for pizza and sure enough they can get it. The prices are fair for the quality of the food.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a women studies and a psychology major. I have to apply to be a psychology major and I am in the process of that now. The classes I have taken for both these majors have been very interesting. I depends on the professor you have because it is the professor that really makes the class interesting or not. If a professor is interesting I am more likely to go to that class even if they don't count attendance as opposed to a boring professor that requires attendance.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dinning on campus is not horrible, it could be worse. It gets old after a while but there is a decent range of variety. The meal plans are a tad expensive for what they are offering on campus and in the quad dining halls. But there is always something you can eat for the night as long as you get there before they close.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Albany has a lot of diversity and it has a huge international program which brings a lot of different culture to the campus. It is really easy to make friends here because there are so many different kinds of people. You are sure to find some one who has similar interests as you.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Albany has a lot of diversity and its really fun to live here. There are a lot of students from UA and there are a few other schools in the area so there is always a chance to meet new people.

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Amanda Lobo
Hometown
Hicksville, New York
Major
Communications/Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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Essentially, everyone who attends Albany, whether it's their dream school or their last choice, seems to have a positive experience. Albany has something to offer everyone; the endless assortment of different clubs and organizations provides diverse options for all. The experiences that the University has to offer students are almost unfathomable, with the school providing programs such as study abroad, internships, and many job opportunities. Not only does the University create a well-rounded education for the future, but it also establishes lifelong friendships. The people around you will soon become like family and will help shape your college years into some of the best of your life.

College is certainly what you make of it. If you don’t grab opportunities, work at your goals, ask for help, reach out to others or get involved, college will be a total drag. Fortunately, Albany provides you with a base to start from and allows you to work your way into making your college experience the best it can be.

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