Best Colleges in Albany

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

  • Associate's
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
  • Certificates
  • Less than 2 years (below associate)
  • At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • Four or more years
  • Private for-profit
  • Private not-for-profit
  • Public
School Logo School Name Reviews Get Admission Info
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Based on 16 Reviews
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
Based on 28 Reviews
Siena College
Loudonville, NY
Based on 4 Reviews
SUNY at Albany
Albany, NY
Based on 28 Reviews
Union College
Schenectady, NY
Based on 16 Reviews
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albany, NY
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
Cobleskill, NY
The Sage Colleges
Troy, NY
The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
Based on 16 Reviews
SUNY Empire State College
Saratoga Springs, NY
Based on 20 Reviews
Maria College of Albany
Albany, NY
Excelsior College
Albany, NY
Based on 12 Reviews
Bryant & Stratton College-Albany
Albany, NY

Best Community Colleges in Albany

  • Associate's
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
  • Certificates
  • Less than 2 years (below associate)
  • At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • Four or more years
  • Private for-profit
  • Private not-for-profit
  • Public