The State University of New York at Albany, also known as University at Albany, State University of New York, SUNY Albany or simply UAlbany, is an internationally recognized public research institution located in Albany (the state capital), Guilderland, and East Greenbush, New York.
With an enrollment of over 17,000 students in nine schools and colleges, SUNY Albany carries out a broad mission of undergraduate and graduate education (111 undergraduate and 120 graduate programs), research, and service. Many of these programs are nationally ranked, among them criminal justice, information technology, public administration, social welfare and sociology. UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ranks number one in the world. Moreover, the University’s academic choices include a range of new and emerging fields such as public administration, globalization, documentary studies, biotechnology and informatics.
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In every area of study, students are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers – many actively engaged in life-enhancing research that contributes profoundly to the public good.
The University at Albany, State University of New York Libraries provide more than two million volumes, and rank among the top 100 research libraries in the U.S., according to the Association of Research Libraries. Users from around the world access services and collections through the libraries’ online systems and Web site. The University’s libraries offer a program of information literacy and user education with instruction that ranges from a focus on traditional bibliographic access to collaborative classes integrated into the curriculum.
The UAlbany Student Association, or SA, is a student run, non-profit, corporation which organizes and funds much of the student oriented activities on campus. The SA funds and recognizes more than 200 student groups, plans many concerts, speaking engagements, and comedy shows. The SA impacts students in the classroom as well, through funding of general education courses. Modeled after the U.S. government, SA consists of 3 branches: executive, legislative (unicameral Student Association Senate), and judicial (Supreme Court). The SA is funded directly by the entire undergraduate student body of the University at Albany, State University of New York.
The Student Association owns an 850 acre (3.4 km²) wilderness retreat facility in the Adirondack Mountains (see SUNY Plattsburgh) called Camp Dippikill. The cabins and campsites at Dippikill are open to reservations from the University’s undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Albany is the capital city of the state of New York. Roughly 150 miles (240 km) north of New York City, Albany sits on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 10 miles (16 km) south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. Albany has close ties with the nearby cities of Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs, forming a region called the Capital District.
Modern Albany was founded as the Dutch trading posts of Fort Nassau in 1614 and Fort Orange in 1624; the fur trade brought in a population that settled around Fort Orange and founded a village called Beverwijck. The English took over and renamed the town Albany in 1664, in honor of the then Duke of Albany, the future James II of England and James VII of Scotland. During the late 18th century and throughout most of the 19th, Albany was a center of transportation. It is located on the north end of the navigable Hudson River, was the original eastern terminus of the Erie Canal, and was home to some of the earliest railroad systems in the world. Albany’s main exports at the time were beer, lumber, published works, and ironworks.
The city’s skyline changed in the 1960s with the construction of the Empire State Plaza and the uptown campus of SUNY Albany, mainly under the direction of Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Albany is known for its extensive history, culture, architecture, and institutions of higher education.
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