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University at Albany, State University of New York

Albany, NY 4-Year Public

UAlbany Admissions

If you want to apply to UAlbany, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is February 1 and the application fee costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

UAlbany Admissions Stats at a Glance

UAlbany 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18.4%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 87%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 14%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UAlbany?

SUNY Albany does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! UAlbany will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

UAlbany accepts about 87% of early action applicants and 57% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, UAlbany admitted 4,661 of the 5,34 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UAlbany?

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

In 2021, UAlbany accepted 57% of students, around 14,932 of the 26,125 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

In 2021, UAlbany waitlisted 1,203 students. Of those, 666 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to UAlbany?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UAlbany

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UAlbany 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UAlbany 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)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements portfolio, audition
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UAlbany?

Students admitted to UAlbany have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 22.5% submitted a class rank. At UAlbany 18.4% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46% were in the top 25% and 81.9% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At SUNY Albany, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 22.5%
3.75 and 3.99 16.7%
3.50 and 3.74 20.8%
3.25 and 3.49 24.1%
3.00 and 3.24 18.4%
2.50 and 2.9 18.9%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

UAlbany does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 87% of UAlbany's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UAlbany?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UAlbany students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UAlbany students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UAlbany?

To be most competitive at UAlbany, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UAlbany's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 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.

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Transferring to SUNY Albany

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 June 1. Applicants should hear back by June 15.

Transfer students can enroll in UAlbany during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring 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

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

UAlbany accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UAlbany?

No, UAlbany is test optional, so you can make the call whether to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is UAlbany's acceptance rate?

UAlbany's acceptance rate is 57%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UAlbany?

The early action acceptance rate at UAlbany was 87% 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 57%. This means that the institution accepts 57 out of every 100 applicants.



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UAlbany Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

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

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

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

UAlbany ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


22 to 28


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UAlbany is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into UAlbany. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UAlbany SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

550 - 630


Reading SAT Range

550 - 620

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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 3.3. 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.

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