The University at Albany has a rich history dating back more than 170 years. In 1844, a "normal school" was founded in Albany to train teachers for a rapidly growing population. For nearly 50 years, the Normal School provided a two-year education to students from across the state. By 1890, the evolving school system in New York required a new approach to teacher training. The Normal School gradually made changes: a four-year program, new curricula, new faculty, and new standards for student enrollment. By 1962, the college had earned national distinction. In that same year, the college joined the State University of New York system of higher education and became a broad-based public research institution.
SUNY Albany offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates from the following schools and colleges:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Business
- School of Criminal Justice
- School of Education
- College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
- College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
- School of Public Health
- School of Social Welfare
- Albany Law School
The University at Albany offers more than a dozen complete online degree and certificate programs.