Albany is the state capital of New York and the central city of New York’s Capital District. It is situated on the west bank of the Hudson and is has close ties to its neighbor cities Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs. Together these four cities form a region called the Capital District, the fourth-largest urban area in the state with an estimated population of 871,000 as of 2010. Even though Albany is the state capital, with a population of only 98,000, it’s by no means the largest city in the state and is substantially smaller than New York City, located 140 miles to the South.
Albany is one of the oldest centers for higher education in the United States and is an important part of Albany’s economy. The city is well known for its institutions of higher learning. In 2005, Albany was ranked third in the nation in Forbes’ list of “The Best Places With The Best Education”. It also ranked toward the top of Forbes’ “IQ Campuses” list in 2006.
Albany is home to the Albany Medical College (AMC), a private medical school founded in 1839 and one of the oldest medical schools in the nation. Today AMC is part of the Albany Medical Center, which includes the Albany Medical Center Hospital. Over its extensive history, AMC has produced many of the nation’s top medical leaders and researchers, including two Lasker Award winners, two Nobel Prize winners, two MacArthur Fellowship recipients, a Surgeon General of the United States Army, a Gairdner Foundation International Award winner, several highly successful medical/health business leaders, as well as one of the original founders of the American Medical Association. Among many modern day medical innovations and discoveries, AMC is the site where disposable catheters were perfected, hormone leptin and oral rehydration therapy were discovered, and computed tomography was invented.
The oldest law school in New York and the 4th oldest in the United States, Albany Law School, founded in 1851, is also located in Albany. In addition to offering a top ranked law program, Albany Law School offers an extensive selection of public interest clinics which include the Low Income Taxpayer, Introduction to Litigation, Health Law, Civil Rights and Disabilities Law, Family Violence Litigation, and Domestic Violence Prosecution. For J.D. candidates, Albany Law School offers over 14 concentrations, as well as L.L.M, joint J.D./M.B.A, J.D./M.R.P., J.D./M.P.A., J.D./M.S.W., and J.D./M.S. programs.
Another prominent higher education institution in Albany, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (formerly Albany College of Pharmacy), is the one of the oldest and well known pharmacy colleges in the United States. The college has campus locations in Albany, New York City and Colchester, Vermont. The college offers 3 bachelor’s degrees, 6 master’s degrees as well as a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.
Other popular higher education institutions in Albany include University of Albany (a.k.a. SUNY Albany), one of the state’s largest public universities, Empire State College, Excelsior College, The College of Saint Rose, Maria College, Mildred Elley, and Sage College of Albany. Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC), located in nearby Troy fills the niche for two-year degree programs in the Albany-Troy area.
Together the combined student enrollment for all colleges and universities in Albany accounts for nearly 70% of the city’s population. In 2008, total enrollment in higher education institutions was 63,149 students.
Below we’ve listed profiles along with links to additional information for all the four-year colleges and universities located in Albany, New York.
Albany College of Pharmacy
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208-3492
main phone: (518) 694-7200
admission phone: (888) 203-8010
admission fax: (518) 694-7322
Albany College of Pharmacy has a total enrollment of 1,100+ students and provides Bachelor’s and First Professional degrees and higher education programs.
College of Saint Rose
432 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
main phone: (518) 454-5111
admission phone: (800) 637-8556
admission fax: (518) 454-2013
College of Saint Rose has a total enrollment of 5,100+ students and provides Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and higher education programs.
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
main phone: (518) 464-8500
admission phone: (888) 647-2388
admission fax: (518) 464-8777
Excelsior College has a total enrollment of 32,100+ students and provides Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and higher education programs.
Sage College of Albany
140 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
main phone: (518) 292-1730
admission phone: (888) 837-9724
admission fax: (518) 292-1912
Sage College of Albany has a total enrollment of 879+ students and provides Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees and higher education programs.
State University of New York Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
main phone: (518) 442-3300
admission phone: (518) 442-5435
admission fax: (518) 442-5383
State University of New York Albany has a total enrollment of 18,200+ students and provides Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees and higher education programs.