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Colleges / University at Albany, State University of New York

University at Albany, State University of New York

Albany, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate68%

UAlbany Admissions

UAlbany is very difficult to get into. Around 68% of applicants get into UAlbany each year. Last year, 26,031 students applied to UAlbany and 17,672 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to UAlbany, the regular decision application deadline is July 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

UAlbany Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of UAlbany's admissions stats.

UAlbany 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18.9%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 13%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 1%
Waitlist Yes

UAlbany Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for UAlbany.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 7 1

Considering Applying Early to UAlbany?

UAlbany does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. UAlbany will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

UAlbany accepts about 89% of early action applicants and 68% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, UAlbany admitted 5,4 of the 6,51 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on UAlbany Admissions

Is UAlbany Hard To Get Into?

It is very difficult to get into UAlbany. UAlbany evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, UAlbany accepted 68% of students, approximately 17,672 from 26,031 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UAlbany, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to UAlbany

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to UAlbany

In 2022, UAlbany waitlisted 1,131 students and 630 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 233 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does UAlbany Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UAlbany

Curious about the factors that are considered by UAlbany during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with UAlbany for more information on admission factors.

UAlbany 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to UAlbany, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with UAlbany's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements portfolio, audition
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UAlbany?

Students admitted to UAlbany have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 42.8% submitted a class rank. At UAlbany 18.9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 48.9% were in the top 25% and 85.5% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At UAlbany, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 35%
3.75 and 3.99 14.6%
3.50 and 3.74 22.7%
3.25 and 3.49 12.9%
3.00 and 3.24 11.1%
2.50 and 2.9 3.7%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to UAlbany directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UAlbany has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 13% of UAlbany's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UAlbany students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UAlbany students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

To be most competitive at UAlbany, you should strive to earn between 22 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UAlbany's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UAlbany students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to UAlbany

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to UAlbany.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in UAlbany during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

UAlbany Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UAlbany?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UAlbany.

Does UAlbany accept transfer credits?

✅ UAlbany accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UAlbany accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does UAlbany accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ UAlbany accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UAlbany?

❌ No, UAlbany is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is UAlbany's acceptance rate?

✅ UAlbany's acceptance rate is 68%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UAlbany?

❌ UAlbany does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UAlbany?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at UAlbany was 89% in 2021.

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UAlbany Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into UAlbany? UAlbany is a very selective institution. The UAlbany acceptance rate is 68%. This means that the institution accepts 67 out of every 100 applicants.


UAlbany Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UAlbany is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UAlbany is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UAlbany SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

560 - 660


Reading SAT Range

560 - 660

UAlbany GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UAlbany, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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