Parents

As the parent of a college bound student, you want the peace of mind that your daughter or son will be in an environment that will allow her or his true potential to flourish.

You also want to know that your investment in a college education will provide your child with the knowledge and skill for a successful career.

At Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we want the same for our students and their families. The information on this page will give you some additional insight into who we are and the resources we have available to help ensure your student's success at our College.

Tradition

Since our founding in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has prepared thousands of students for rewarding careers in pharmacy, medicine and other health and science related professions.

One of the trademarks of an ACPHS education has been, and continues to be, personalized attention. Our size and structure is designed to make students the focus of all that we do.

This approach, combined with outstanding academic programs, distinguished faculty, and groundbreaking research, has provided the blueprint for our success for more than 130 years.

Success

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections of industry and occupational employment for the period from 2008-2018 demonstrate continued strong growth for the health industry, and by extension, good news for ACPHS students.

According to the BLS, employment growth in the industry is expected to be driven by technological advances in patient care, which permit a greater number of health problems to be treated, and by an increasing emphasis on preventive care. Seventeen of the 30 most rapidly growing occupations cited in the report are related to health care or medical research.

Affordability

You will find that our tuition is at or below many of our peer schools and, considering the strength of the career prospects after graduation, a degree from ACPHS offers an excellent return on investment.

The College also works closely with students and their families to assess their financial needs and identify opportunities to make an ACPHS education even more affordable. In fact, nearly 90% of our students receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or work-study income.

Safety

Most of the students on the Albany campus live in one of the College operated residence halls. The doors leading into these buildings are locked 24 hours a day; access may only be gained via key “fobs” that are distributed to resident students. The Office of Public Safety also conducts routine safety patrols of the campus each day.

A blue light emergency system is used on campus to offer an additional layer of security. Pushing a button on one of the emergency poles located across the campus activates a flashing strobe beacon on the pole, alerts the campus Public Safety office, and opens an intercom between the student and the safety officer.

The College also has an emergency notification system whereby urgent safety-related messages can be sent via text or by voice to all numbers and e-mail addresses a student enters into the system – including those of mom and dad, if the student chooses.

The medical needs of students are filled by an infirmary located within a short walk of the College. Minor illnesses and the diagnosis of medical problems are handled by a staff of doctors and nurses. ACPHS also has a Counseling Center that provides wellness and mental health services to students and their families.

Support

Upon arriving on campus, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who helps determine the proper courses to take and provides guidance on academic issues. If a student needs additional help in a particular subject, the faculty advisor will help arrange meetings with another professor or direct the student to additional resources.

One such resource is the ACPHS Peer Tutoring Program. This program is a free service of the College and features upper class students helping younger students in core or professional science and math courses. Each of the student tutors has taken the particular course, been approved for the tutoring program by a faculty member and had special training.

The College’s PASSPORT program is another service available to students which helps them develop essential study and time management skills and encourages their involvement in non-academic activities offered by the College.