The State University of New York Albany, commonly known as UAlbany or SUNY Albany, is a university with a history dating back to the mid-19th century. Originally a school, in 1914, it became the New York State College for Teachers, providing training within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. During New York State’s higher education expansion in 1962, it became one of the state’s four university centres.
UAlbany is located in the small city of the same name, the state’s capital, under 150 miles north of New York City, home to a wide range of architecture, including a variety of churches, temples, and mountain views.
Albany, whose most student-friendly area is around Lark Street, is one of the state’s culture and entertainment hubs after New York City.
English language and literature, business, management, and biological and biomedical sciences are among UAlbany’s most-commonly studied subjects. Its College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity is the first of its kind.
There are three campuses spread across 610 acres, over 40 annual study abroad destinations and more than 200 student clubs and organisations, including the Student Association, set up in 1923. It has around 20 Division I athletics teams.
UAlbany is a major economic driver locally, and a research hub. Previous research investment has neared $89m. Meanwhile, the Research Foundation for the State University of New York is the biggest university-linked research foundation nationwide.
Notable UAlbany alumni include civil rights leader Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office.