SUNY University at Albany: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

SUNY University at Albany

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SUNY University at Albany is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 52%. Located in the capital of New York state and founded in 1844, SUNY Albany has a rich history and strategic location. It is also one of the top research universities in the state's system of higher education. SUNY Albany offers over 50 undergraduate majors and 70 minors. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, SUNY Albany was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, most SUNY Albany teams compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference. Football competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Northeast Conference.

Considering applying to SUNY Albany? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, SUNY Albany had an acceptance rate of 52%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 52 students were admitted, making SUNY Albany's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 27,679
Percent Admitted 52%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 19%

SAT Scores and Requirements

SUNY Albany requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 89% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 630
Math 550 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of SUNY Albany's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to SUNY Albany scored between 550 and 630, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 550 and 630, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1260 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at SUNY Albany.

Requirements

SUNY Albany does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that SUNY Albany participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

SUNY University at Albany requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 21% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 22 27

This admissions data tells us that most of SUNY Albany's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to SUNY Albany received a composite ACT score between 22 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Note that SUNY Albany does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. SUNY University at Albany does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of SUNY Albany's incoming freshmen class had high school GPAs between 3.4 and 3.8. 25% had a GPA above 3.8, and 25% had a GPA below 3.4. These results suggest that most successful applicants to SUNY Albany have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

SUNY University at Albany Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
SUNY University at Albany Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to SUNY University at Albany. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

SUNY University at Albany, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. Most admitted students have grades and standardized test scores that are well above average. However, SUNY Albany also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside SUNY Albany's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students accepted to SUNY Albany. The majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B" or better, combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or better.

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