SUNY at Albany Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
(30 Reviews)
  • Albany (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $26,851
88% of 30 students said this degree improved their career prospects
80% of 30 students said they would recommend this school to others
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1.0 out of 5 stars
Every Student - 9/5/2020
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am writing this for my entire cohort who has been ignored and left behind in the MSSE - Master of Science in Secondary Education - program. We are supposed to be prepared to teach adolescents in our major content area but our professors don't have teaching licenses in our content areas. The faculty have been vocal about not wanting to be involved in our program and so we have no idea what we're doing. And we have no one to ask questions because when we do, we're yelled at and talked down to. We never completed our student teaching in the spring. Some of us were only at our placements for two weeks and then we did nothing else the rest of the semester but we were pushed through to the fall. Some of us still don't have student teaching placements for the fall. We still haven't learned how to write lesson plans. TBH, we shouldn't be teachers because we have no idea what we're doing. But we're apparently going to graduate in a couple months. I don't know how the program is getting away with this. The state department of education is going to catch on soon to what they're doing and the whole thing should be shut down. No department chair, no coordinator, and faculty that don't know what they're doing. So yeah, I guess neither do we."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Peter P - 4/3/2020
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019
"I cannot recommend the Master's in Mental Health Counseling program. Some of the professors, and many of the doctoral TAs, are still working out their own personal problems, including ego issues, childhood issues, or racial/ethnic issues. This created a stressful environment for the students. I did not feel supported by anyone, not even my own advisor. Instead, you will be under a microscope, as the professorial staff evaluates you by some unknown criteria for you fitness for counseling. Sadly, the two weakest courses in the program were also the most important: preparation for individual counseling, and group counseling."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Genevieve Trapani - 12/28/2019
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2017
"The Chemistry program at SUNY Albany is in-depth and provides students with an important basic knowledge of the sciences. Students are required to take many general education courses, such as Humanities and a Critical Writing course. There is a wide selection of electives to choose from and many courses will double-count for two different requirements. Since I was part of the Honor's program, I had additional requirements in order to stay in the program. The professors at SUNY Albany are mostly well-versed and knowledgable. There are also many different clubs and organizations that students can join. I was part of the Equestrian Club, which is something I would have never been able to afford if it wasn't for the college."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lina D. - 10/21/2019
Degree:
Graduation Year: 2014
"The University at Albany is filled with amazing resources for students and wonderful academic programs. Innovative programing provides a safe environment for students as programming is diverse and inclusive. There is a large variety of classes that can be taken ranging from online, in person or hybrid."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Theresa Kanarian - 10/8/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"SUNY at Albany quickly became my home after a few days of freshman year. The comrade of going to SUNY at Albany, our purple pride, is strong throughout the current class and its alumni. The professors at SUNY Albany are well equipped to teach you major curricular areas, as well as prompt you to critically think. My skills in critically thinking and how to expand thoughts in conversation have grown greatly in my four years at SUNY Albany. Friends that last a lifetime is a small bonus compared to my education and personal growth I have experienced here. Going to school in Upstate New York is another perk of going to SUNY Albany. Minutes from the capital district also makes it a great choice for internships that our alumni help you secure, and makes commuting there easy. One of the more outstanding areas that I have found at SUNY Albany is their support system. Advisers that are willing and happy to meet with you to discuss class changes, career options, and life advice is part of what made my experience so great here. Switching my major from Business Administration to Psychology was a task that my team of advisers made simple for me. Making sure I stayed on track for graduation and answering any questions that I had about the switch reassured me as a student that SUNY Albany cared about its students and their success, regardless of what it takes to get there. Overall, I and a great four years at SUNY Albany and am thankful for the experiences and degree I have gained."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Lisbeth Valdez - 8/22/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended the University at Albany from Fall 2017-May 2019 and now again for my graduate degree. When you're a freshmen or transfer, you get a lot of assistance with learning about the campus and being able to find out about new opportunities that are offered. I gained a very useful support pool and was able to learn a lot of skills throughout my time. I was very involved on campus and involved in the student government. There's plenty of things to do on campus and in the area. Lecture classes can get pretty large, but the upper level classes in your major are more likely to have a small cohort of people."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Lisbeth Valdez - 8/22/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended the University at Albany from Fall 2017-May 2019 and now again for my graduate degree. When you're a freshmen or transfer, you get a lot of assistance with learning about the campus and being able to find out about new opportunities that are offered. I gained a very useful support pool and was able to learn a lot of skills throughout my time. I was very involved on campus and involved in the student government. There's plenty of things to do on campus and in the area. Lecture classes can get pretty large, but the upper level classes in your major are more likely to have a small cohort of people."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Chinwe Abaraoha - 6/30/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I enjoyed my experience at SUNY at Albany. There was a large variety of clubs and organizations offered to students. The orientation also helped tremendously with the transition from high school to college. I declared my major the spring of my freshman year. I knew that I wanted to go to medical school so I was on the pre-med track. Looking back, I wish that there was a more career-driven approach to the degree program. Upon graduation, I found it very difficult to obtain a good job because I had a Biology degree with little to no experience. After college, I learned about so many certificates and other programs that are geared towards gaining a very good job upon completion."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Erin Meaney - 3/4/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017
"This university was the best experience of my entire life. Being home from school for breaks took forever, because all I could think about was getting back to Albany! There is a vast array of majors and school activities. It is impossible to go to this school and NOT find something for yourself. The towns surrounding this University also provide access to a multitude of activities. The weather gets a bit chilly, but it is worth it."
4.0 out of 5 stars
2014 Alum - 8/24/2018
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
"Overall, I really enjoyed four years at SUNY Albany. I attended the Business school and although it gave me many tools I use today, I do think there was room for improvement. Many of the professors in the business school have accents and are extremely hard to understand. Also many of them teach straight from the textbook or pre-made slideshows in class which makes the content very dry and hard to relate to. I think the business school only sets certain concentrations up for a clear path to success, this mainly being accounting majors. There are constant recruiting events and ways to begin your path in the accounting world. However, you definitely have to go get what you want if you are not an accounting major. If I had not joined ABLE, the business club, and joined the Executive Board, I am not sure I would have gotten the skills and connections I needed for the real world. Even then, I still did not have a job set up after graduation. It took me months after graduation to get a job offer, and the offer was very far off from my marketing concentration. I did not feel I had what marketing agencies were looking for on my resume."