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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


When it was chartered in 1881, ACP (as it would be known for the next 127 years) was one of only 14 colleges of pharmacy in the United States. On October 3, 1881, the College held its inaugural class in the Eagle Street building that also housed Albany Medical College (see photo). The class was attended by 21 students, including one woman, Sarah Simonet. 


In addition to laboratory-based research, faculty members are also exploring different health care related issues such as patient-provider communications, medication adherence, and the evaluation of outcomes data.


Research is a core component of the academic life at ACPHS. Faculty and students at the College are involved in a wide range of research projects, with special concentrations in infectious disease, oncology, hematology, and nephrology. 


Graduates of the College are prepared for a range of careers such as: biochemist, clinical laboratory scientist, consumer safety officer, drug information specialist, environmental toxicologist, health policy analyst, hospital administrator, pharmacist, physician, physician assistant and research scientist.

Student services

The Center for Student Success is comprised of three offices; Career and Employer Relations, Office of Advising, and Student Support Services. Working collaboratively, these offices provide support to students in achieving their academic and professional goals through various services and programs.

Housing services

ACPHS requires all first- and second-year students on the Albany campus to live in College owned housing. Students beyond their second year may choose to live on or off campus. The College offers three residence facilities on the Albany campus:

  • South Hall for first-year students
  • Notre Dame Hall for second-year students
  • Holland/Princeton Suites for upper class year students 

Library services

The library provides high quality resources, services and educational experiences to meet students’ information needs. The library provides ample hours of service throughout the year as well as comfortable and engaging spaces with seating for both individual study and collaborative learning. Students may print, photocopy, fax and scan materials in the libraries.

Medical services

Albany Medical College and ACPHS have joined together to form a Student Health Center (SHC). It is located at 25 Hackett Boulevard, First Floor, in the Albany Medical Center South Campus on the corner of Samaritan Road and Hackett Boulevard, directly across the street from South Hall.

Campus life

ACPHS students and student organizations have access to a variety of facilities on campus. These facilities include, but are not limited to, recreational, social, dining and academic spaces. Most of these facilities may be reserved for student usage. Some facilities can be reserved through Meeting Room Manager on the College’s ACPHS Intranet site. Students must work with their faculty advisor and student organizations with their club advisor, to access Meeting Room Manager. Classrooms, lecture halls, student study space, etc. are all reserved through Meeting Room Manager.

Sports facilities

  • The College offers intramural or club sports in basketball, flag football, golf, indoor soccer, lacrosse, skiing/snowboarding, tennis, and volleyball.
  • All ACPHS community members (students, faculty, and staff) have access to the College's Fitness Center, which is located on the ground floor of the Library Building.
  • Students and staff of Albany Law School (ALS) can purchase gym memberships each semester to use the facility.
  • Please note that all users must present an ACPHS or ALS ID card to enter the facility.

Student clubs

  • ANOTHER CREATIVE PERSPECTIVE is the art and writing club on campus. The club co-hosts open-mic nights, coordinates art nights, plans museum trips, and publish an annual literary magazine! This group provides students with a multitude of opportunities to express themselves creatively.
  • BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CLUB is for students in the Bachelor programs who are interested in various healthcare fields. This club holds events for students interested in a Physician’s Assistant master’s degree program, as well as students interested in the fields of research, clinical laboratory science, and MD or DO programs.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences holdsaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the College’s accreditation in 2010, with the next Self-Study Evaluation scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Albany, New York, United States

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