Best colleges in Albany

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Nestled in the Tech Valley, Albany’s spirit of discovery and abundant leisure offerings will keep you entertained through the changing seasons. Home to 12 traditional universities and colleges, your degree options in Albany range from arts, healthcare and law, to education, social services, and technology.* Albany was named to the top 10 places for fall Foliage, top 100 best places to live, and a top 10 ranking of U.S. cities with affordable healthcare. Not to mention landing number 55 for Best Places for Business and Careers. Did you hear that business majors? Albany offers students and graduates unmatched scenic beauty and sustainability that spans over four centuries.*

Its picturesque landscape, the annual Albany Tulip Festival, Popp Butterfly Conservatory, Maple Ski Ridge, and prime location is less than 200 miles from Philadelphia and New York City.* You’ll never be in short supply of adventures. But it's not all about the great outdoors and escapes. Have a pint at award winning C.H. Evans Brewery in Albany’s bustling downtown or treat yourself to some retail therapy at the numerous shops on Lark Street.* With four distinct seasons a year, you can make the most of your time outside the classroom with sporting outlets like the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball team or even a trip to the renowned Saratoga Race Track for thoroughbred racing season.* No matter where your adventurous mind roams, Albany has a jam-packed lifestyle to satisfy you before and after graduation.

*albany.org *Wikipedia, “Albany” *albany.com *livability.com *forbes.com

Best Four Year Universities in Albany

Union College
Schenectady, NY

Union College offers 47 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 514 students graduated with students earning 514 Bachelor's degrees.

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

Skidmore College offers 41 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2019, 601 students graduated with students earning 599 Bachelor's degrees, and 2 Master's degrees.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers 145 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,865 students graduated with students earning 1,350 Bachelor's degrees, 367 Master's degrees, and 148 Doctoral degrees.

Siena College
Loudonville, NY

Siena College offers 51 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 889 students graduated with students earning 774 Bachelor's degrees, 64 Certificates, and 51 Master's degrees.

SUNY at Albany
Albany, NY
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SUNY at Albany offers 260 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 4,702 students graduated with students earning 3,125 Bachelor's degrees, 1,252 Master's degrees, 191 Certificates, and 134 Doctoral degrees.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers 12 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 282 students graduated with students earning 218 Doctoral degrees, 46 Bachelor's degrees, and 18 Master's degrees.

Russell Sage College offers 68 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 795 students graduated with students earning 349 Bachelor's degrees, 307 Master's degrees, 73 Certificates, and 66 Doctoral degrees.

SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill offers 56 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 625 students graduated with students earning 387 Bachelor's degrees, 229 Associate's degrees, and 9 Certificates.

The College of Saint Rose offers 93 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,551 students graduated with students earning 624 Certificates, 538 Bachelor's degrees, and 389 Master's degrees.

Maria College of Albany offers 12 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 288 students graduated with students earning 192 Associate's degrees, 79 Bachelor's degrees, and 17 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in Albany

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 59 students graduated with students earning 50 Associate's degrees, and 9 Certificates.

St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 48 students graduated with students earning 48 Associate's degrees.

Albany Technical College offers 210 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 1,805 students graduated with students earning 1,529 Certificates, and 276 Associate's degrees.

Belanger School of Nursing
Schenectady, NY

Belanger School of Nursing offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 52 students graduated with students earning 52 Associate's degrees.

Mildred Elley School-Albany Campus offers 29 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 173 students graduated with students earning 106 Certificates, and 67 Associate's degrees.

Schenectady County Community College offers 77 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 507 students graduated with students earning 435 Associate's degrees, and 72 Certificates.

Linn-Benton Community College offers 94 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 823 students graduated with students earning 633 Associate's degrees, and 190 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Albany

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Union College Logo Union College Schenectady, NY
5/5
10 : 1 2,189
Skidmore College Logo Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
5/5
9 : 1 2,663
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Logo Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
5/5
16 : 1 7,528
Siena College Logo Siena College Loudonville, NY
5/5
15 : 1 3,296
SUNY at Albany Logo SUNY at Albany Albany, NY
3/5
26 : 1 17,544
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Logo Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Albany, NY
5/5
14 : 1 1,240
Russell Sage College Logo Russell Sage College Troy, NY
5/5
20 : 1 2,448
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Logo Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Troy, NY
3/5
17 : 1 136
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Logo SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Cobleskill, NY
3/5
22 : 1 2,267
The College of Saint Rose Logo The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY
5/5
23 : 1 4,004
Maria College of Albany Logo Maria College of Albany Albany, NY
4/5
26 : 1 796
Albany State University Logo Albany State University Albany, GA
2/5
31 : 1 6,122
The New School Center for Media Logo The New School Center for Media Albany, NY     32
John Paolo's Xtreme Beauty Institute-Goldwell Product Artistry Logo John Paolo's Xtreme Beauty Institute-Goldwell Product Artistry Ballston Spa, NY     26
Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology Logo Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology Albany, NY     61
Modern Welding School Logo Modern Welding School Schenectady, NY     93
St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing Logo St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing Albany, NY
3/5
16 : 1 111
Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES-Practical Nursing Program Logo Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES-Practical Nursing Program Hudson Falls, NY     34
Albany Technical College Logo Albany Technical College Albany, GA
2/5
36 : 1 3,285
Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy Logo Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy Albany, NY     39