Albany, NY
SUNY at Albany


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Recent Reviews

Leah
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is a large, diverse school setting that isn't the right fit for all students, especially those coming from suburban setti...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is a large, diverse school setting that isn't the right fit for all students, especially those coming from suburban settings.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In choosing a college it is important to find a campus that you are really comfortable with because it will be hard to succeed in college if you are unhappy with where you are living. In addition, you should look for a school that has a community you feel comfortable in. For example, if you are not comfortable in a diverse community, then you should find a school that fits the environment you are used to. It is obviously important to look at the academic opportunities offered, but I honestly think that your academic success will be very reliant on how happy you are with your living situation and campus life.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone that is used to diversity and comfortable with all different types of people. Also someone who doesn't care if they don't have close relationships with professors and classmates. People at this school need to be able to motivate themselves because classes are large so students don't get much individual attention from professors.

Gabieo
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

it doesn't really matter in the end, you'll probably go to a gread school anyway. if you don't, it probably doesn't even matt...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

it doesn't really matter in the end, you'll probably go to a gread school anyway. if you don't, it probably doesn't even matter what school you went to. in the end it's either that you have a degree at all or which grad school you went to.

What kind of person should attend this school?

perhaps a person who want's to just go to school and then live thier life. i dont believe the school life interferes with the social life at all here. maybe the social life does interefere with the school life, but definatley not the other way around. i coincidentally made friends with the people in my major, they just happend to be fencers like me, but that doesn't mean everyone else will be as fortunate as i was. but the school work definatley did not screw up my chances of making friends, that's for sure.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

it seems too much like a machine sometimes. everyone has thier paths to go along, but it's more like tracks that we follow each day. there's individuality, but i think it might be a bit more cliquey than i think it is, there are the asians and the black people, and the other ethnic groups, the nerds and the rugby players. perhaps i'm looking into it too much and not partying enough along with the crowd, perhaps following the crowd would let me see it better, but i feel i like i watch it from the outside

Danielle
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

All the classes are in one general location.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

All the classes are in one general location.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure that you visit the campus before making your final decision and try to find a student there that you will be able to ask questions. Make friends in each class and be open to many opinions.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who does not mind cement and snow.

Yelisse
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It has to be the people. I have been very lucky to find amazing new friends, that are focused and well grounded. They know wh...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It has to be the people. I have been very lucky to find amazing new friends, that are focused and well grounded. They know what they want in life and have career plans as to how to achieve it. I have also been blessed to find amazing counselors/advisors, that know my name and look for me. They have to learn many names but they still take the time to see how I am doing. To see what I need and they always try to help me. I doubt you will find these people anywhere else.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say VISIT. Because checking out the website and hearing experiences from people is definitely not the same. For students looking into college, try to find yourself, try to figure out what you need to find yourself. Look into schools, see if you want a big or small school, frat or sororities. VISIT!!! Because a virtual tour is not the same. See if this is the route you want to take for four yrs, or possibly even longer. See if your "dream" school is economically affordable. Are you ready to grow up, and look after yourself? Think about those things, because it's better, that way you can avoid all the paperwork of transferring.

What's unique about your campus?

I think the structure, just because its a huge campus and we all live together but not cluttered. We are allowed the chance to walk all over and see how big and beatiful our campus is. To just take a breather and relaxe when we need it the most.

Lorie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I WOULD PRIVATIZE THE WHOLE THING...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I WOULD PRIVATIZE THE WHOLE THING...

Describe the students at your school.

There are three types of people who end up at albany: the lazy (underachiever), the poor(couldn't afford a private university) or the stupid (yuppie parents wanted to get a bargain for getting rid of the kid for 4 to 5 years)...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I think I have correctly stated what I wanted to say. The school is a shithole, no one takes personal responsibility for anything, the bureacracy is completely out of touch of the student body, the kids would rather numb themselves to the world then find out the truth and they are both helping the other to do it...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No because the stereotypes presuppose that when the students are done partying they actually get some work done. In reality the school is nothing more than a scam to get us a piece of paper that will increase our earning potential. The teachers are lazy and aren't interested in students concerns. The students are disconnected from the subjects they are studying and everyone is masking their depression in a sea of addictions...

What are the academics like at your school?

The teachers are lazy (partly a biproduct of union protection and partly from being unable to make it in the real world). They take their frustrations out on kids who might want to learn what they are teaching, if they were ever given a choice...

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The most popular thing is to be apathetic and high. To care about anything is to be considered weird...

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

We drink, smoke, party and waste our time...

Wes
What is your overall opinion of this school?

UAlbany has the lowest 'retention' rate of any SUNY school. This means people came but don't stay. We have some great athleti...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UAlbany has the lowest 'retention' rate of any SUNY school. This means people came but don't stay. We have some great athletics here but few are into them (track is best? in the east, men bball was in top 16 last year, men lax was second in east?, w vball is up there, football isn't bad either recently). Intermurals are big though. School is somewhat large (~12k undergrad) which means that most people can find there place.

Describe the students at your school.

Most kids are from LI or Westchester county. There are a lot of foreign exchange students here, mostly asian or indian. Most students are concerned about how easy classes are, not what kind of job a SUNY degree can help acquire. Frats are here but do not dominate the social scene. The school is very stick about recognition standards and few make the grade- most are 'off-campus.'

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

UA offers a lot but students here have to be proactive to get 'their money's worth.' The facilities and student body are large enough for students to find their place and fit in.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Who knows for sure. Google search: Alcohol and Social Norms

What are the academics like at your school?

GPA fact sheets seem to indicate that UA kids are above average, but the truth is tests here are just super easy (my program- ISP major, BUS minor, plus Gen Eds of course). There is a lot offered- someone could learn a lot if they wanted to, but testing is low to let people 'get through' and allow the university to make money. I've heard a dirty little rumor that most universities are money making businesses- and UA is one of those schools trying to make a buck over setting a high bar of academic excellence. UA fits the stereotype of adolescent baby-sitter University...

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Since the schools recognition a few years ago as one of the top party schools many come here just for that. But the reality is that most do not fit this mold. I did not drink while I was here, so I turned to dorms and student groups to network. The student activity fund is managed by students for students, and there are many opportunities to get involved there. There are also many student groups, non-D1 sports and job opportunities around campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Drinkers, drugers, lazy. Common to hear round campus- "this was my backup school".

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

-Best Thing about UA? Large enough to try out a million different things, but small enough so you dont get lost in the ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

-Best Thing about UA? Large enough to try out a million different things, but small enough so you dont get lost in the crowd -One Thing I'd Change? Update fire alarm system -Where do I spend most of my time on Campus? My room, the Quad Office and/or Campus Center

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

- no, plenty of people 'party' but no more than any other school -no, but alot of people are, about 1/3 -no, but a lot of people are, about 1/2

What are the academics like at your school?

-Do I know my professors names? Yes, every semester -Favorite Class? Project Reniassance Freshman year. Best college course ever. Other than that, Social Welfare in the US -Least Favorite Class? Intro to Psychology. I never ever ever went because it was sooo boring. I hate biology but at least my professor is nice so I go.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

-party school -all from long island -all from long island are jewish

becky
What is your overall opinion of this school?

My favorite thing about Albany are the people. As a transfer student I was nervous on how I would fit in, and if I would be s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My favorite thing about Albany are the people. As a transfer student I was nervous on how I would fit in, and if I would be swallowed by the university. People are actually pretty friendly. It is a decent sized school and yet it has a small college feel to it. While on campus it is more then likely you will run into a friend or two somewhere completely random. That's part of the fun of Albany, since it is a very centralized campus, you're more then likely going to run into a friend at some point. Which is great, since being at a big school can feel a little lonely sometimes. UAlbany has this weird sentiment when I tell people I go here. My friends who go to other colleges are quick to let me know they're not impressed with our party school reputation, while other people are more then excited to hear about it. Albany as a city is like no other place, in that it has three colleges in its vicinity, more on the outskirts, and is also New York state's capital. So while you may be riding the bus to class with a couple of drunk freshmen, you may be getting off at a stop with some big wig capital representatives. I think that might be my favorite part about the city of Albany. It is very easy to get trapped in the 'college bubble', but since UA spills out into downtown Albany, you are constantly around the residents and business people of Albany. Albany as a city has strange divisions. Hudson street is almost devoted entirely to UA students living off campus, and parts of Washington, Western and Madison have been sectioned off to our partying needs. But the same time places like Lark St. embody not only students but artists and residents who take advantage of this very friendly artsy atmosphere. Probably the reason that so much of Albany has been taken over by UA students is because of the amazing bus transportation provided by the city. Living in Albany is unique in that students become accustomed to using the bus early on and it just becomes second nature. The bus is free, since there is a downtown campus and some housing located down the street from the uptown campus.This works out perfectly since it can help motivate you to get off campus when you start getting sick of seeing nothing but concrete. It also doesn't hurt that the bars are basically located just ten minutes off of campus and right outside the bus stops. On any given weekend you will see the surrounding streets just filled with students running around.

Describe the students at your school.

UA is extremely diverse. Students come from all parts of the state, mostly pooling from Long Island, New York City, Western New York, Upstate, and little towns you've never heard of. There are cliques on campus with the frats and sororities but even then it's pretty hard to find only one group that sticks to itself. Since the school is big, it encompasses all types of students. And since it's not that big of a school, everyone gets to mingle with each other. Which is nice when you look around a room at a party and realize that some kids from Buffalo are partying with your roommates from Brooklyn and Oswego, three completely different lifestyles. We have rich kids, middle class, lower income families. You'll have kids in your class who have never been to New York city, and you'll have friends who've never left the city except to come to Albany. There are stereotypes like the typical long island blow out dude bros, and the uber tan sorority girls, but for the most part you'll always find some one you can relate to. DO NOT wear uggs + sweat pants + messy bun + big ass sunglasses + northface fleeces. I'm sick of them. Stop it. Students are politically aware, and some are active, and while it is college and most people are liberal, there's no pressure to feel any which way.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

UAlbany is a great school and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking to meet a ton of new people and be exposed to a lot. This school will make you a little tougher, since you might have to fight your way onto the bus, and cautiously walk home. But that can be a good thing. There is alot of school pride, so be prepared to hear random UA UA UA chants or the ever precious UA, YOU KNOW, which I often hear being screamed at the most random times. It's easy to get caught up in the school spirit, UAlbany really does have this over all united charm to it. While it is one big cement block, it makes the school one of the easiest to navigate, once you can tell the building apart. All the building are located around the major fountain, so you never have to worry about running up and down hills to get to a class on time. There is also a great "tunnel" system once the bad weather starts, which is October until April. The dorms are shitty, but they're fun too. The food sucks, but that's college.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes and no. UAlbany kids pride themselves on our esteemed party school title, but that isn't to say academics don't play a big role. While we love to party on the weekends and the week as well, it is also clear that school comes first. Greek life is here, but it doesn't hold much status other then during rush and Greek week.

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes at Albany vary. I've had classes where the teacher couldn't pick me out of a lineup, and classes where my teacher knows my name and even comes up to me on campus semesters later to ask how I'm doing. Like any school, office hours are stressed. The trick to going from a B to an A, is the ability to go talk to your professor and show your face at their office. Professors here are generally very interested in your overall academic and social well being. Since the school is large, professors come from all different places, countries, and stages in life. While graduate students do teach lower level classes, this usually ends after your freshmen year when you no longer have to take General Education classes that are often 100 to 300 or more kids. UA students do have intellectual conversations after class. They just might be a little hard to hear in the bar. Students aren't competitive, they're actually usually very helpful. Classes are often run by a curve, so if you meet a friendly classmate, they will most likely help you out. I've made a lot of friends in class just by asking if they wanted to share notes or study. There is no sense of 'me first', more or less 'shit, did you do that homework?'. At Albany internships are really stressed. Job fairs and Internship fairs occur throughout the year and the school really pushes them. Advisors will be quick to let you know right off the bat how important internships are, and professors are usually eager to help you land one. You get the feeling very easy that the school wants to do your best.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Greek life isn't that important. Frat parties are only a big deal to the freshmen. On any given Tuesday you're gonna have to fight for the bus to go downtown, as most kids will be heading out. Albany students take the party school image pretty seriously. Albany's basketball team got us riled up two years go, and when they start playing people get excited again, but it never takes over Albany life. The only single event that completely takes over UA life is Fountain Day. It sounds horrible; splashing and knocking your friends around in a gigantic cement fountain all while drunk and bruised, but it really is a lot of fun. It does get rowdy and administration seems to lack the ability to handle it. Do not get thousands of kids pumped for one day. They will riot. Each weekend is different, since there is something always going on. Weekends seems to go by in a second and be compact with so much as well. Your Friday night might be completely different from your Saturday night. And on Sunday you'll know it's worth it. On campus, there are always guest speakers arriving for the Writer's Institute. We've had Frank McCourt the author of "Angela's Ashes" come read and lecture. Gregory McGuire, the author of "Wicked" is one of our alums and also came to talk. The theater department runs really well and shows are put on fairly regularly. The art department is attempting to make a name for itself. It is pretty reputable, with professors and TAs that have names for themselves in the art world. Downtown at Lark there is First Friday which not only showcases artists but also opens up new stores and bars act as galleries as people wander Lark St. Albany always has a party atmosphere, whether it is the "underage" bars located on Madison and Washington or the real bars on North Pearl that have a very New York City feel, or the artsy First Friday, there is always, ALWAYS, something to do. It's just a matter of choosing.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The usual stereotypes seem to be drunk frat and sorority kids and a general party themed atmosphere without much sense of academics.

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