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University at Albany Data & Information Overview

432 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
68% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University at Albany Ranked?

#538 Best Colleges in Nation
#36 Best Colleges in NY
Criminal Justice Studies Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University at Albany was awarded 432 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice studies.

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Overall Quality

UAlbany landed the #538 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

UAlbany also holds the #36 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UAlbany?

68% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
15% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

University at Albany has an acceptance rate of 68%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UAlbany.

Average Test Scores

About 15% of students accepted to UAlbany submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University at Albany  ( 550 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for University at Albany  ( 540 to 640 )
UAlbany received ACT scores from 2% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for University at Albany  ( 22 to 29 )

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University at Albany Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
60% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, University at Albany is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University at Albany is 60%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  60 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University at Albany

82% Freshmen Retention
56% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University at Albany has a freshmen retention rate of 82%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  82 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UAlbany for first-time, full-time students is 56%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  56 out of 100

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University at Albany Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,203 Full-Time Undergraduates
50.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
52.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,182 undergraduates at UAlbany with 12,203 being full-time and 979 being part-time.

How Much Does University at Albany Cost?

$18,355 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
$28,320 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UAlbany is $18,355. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UAlbany

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,489 $15,864 $19,727 $20,959 $24,733

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UAlbany, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UAlbany, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $7,080 a year. That adds up to $28,320 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UAlbany is 4.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UAlbany Graduates Make?

$59,745 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UAlbany with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $59,745 in their early years. This is good news for future UAlbany graduates since it is 41% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University at Albany

New York State
12,203 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
University at Albany is a public institution situated in Albany, New York. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for UAlbany are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
Phone: 518-442-3300

University at Albany Majors

85 Majors With Completions
3,625 Undergraduate Degrees
1,191 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 85 majors graduated from University at Albany. Of these students, 3,625 received undergraduate degrees and 1,191 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 335 $30,796
Business Administration & Management 287 $42,404
Economics 282 $37,378
General Biology 254 $28,112
Communication & Media Studies 251 $30,460
Human Biology 223 NA
Homeland Security 216 $32,193
Sociology 212 $31,790
Political Science & Government 163 $33,038
Criminal Justice & Corrections 151 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at University at Albany along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UAlbany

41% Take At Least One Class Online
10% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 7,007 students took at least one online class at University at Albany. This is a decrease from the 16,573 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 7,007 1,656
2019-2020 16,573 9,027
2018-2019 3,341 877
2017-2018 2,771 756
2016-2017 2,497 643

Learn more about online learning at University at Albany.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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