Office of Student Engagement and Wellness

Commuter Resources

Orientation Leaders Holding Welcome Sign
Commuter Student Resources
Commuter students are an important part of the ACPHS community, and we strive to ensure success by providing resources and information to make commuting at ACPHS easy.

Review the resources below for more information about the offices and services available to ACPHS students.

At ACPHS, we have ten athletic teams competing in the USCAA, YSCC, and ECAC. 

  • Men's
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Soccer
    • Track and Field
  • Women's
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Soccer
    • Track and Field
    • Volleyball

For details about our teams, visit or contact the athletics department 

Our recreation program includes open gyms on Thursday and Friday nights starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Albert M. White gymnasium, eSports, and fitness classes on Monday and Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. The ACPHS Fitness Center (basement floor of library building) is open 7 days a week, 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

ACPHS works in conjunction with Follett Bookstores to offer our students a one-stop shop for all their academic needs and for ACPHS-branded swag.  Our bookstore is in the Student Center, basement level (as you walk into the Atrium, you will see stairs on the right that lead down to the bookstore). Stop by and check out everything that we have to offer or shop online at:  ACPHS Bookstore. 

The Center for Student Success, located on the third floor of the library building, offers support services for students: 

  • Academic Class Advisors: Each incoming class of students is assigned a class advisor, who will stay with you through graduation. You can schedule meetings with your advisor via Upswing
  • Peer and Professional Tutoring: Peer tutors are available via appointment on Upswing, or during their designated drop-in hours (found on the CSS Canvas page). Professional tutors offer drop-in hours, also available on our Canvas page. 
  • Peer Mentoring: All incoming students can be matched with a peer mentor. Your mentor can help you navigate campus, your courses, the Albany area, and ease your transition to college life at ACPHS. Bonus: join in on fun activities specifically for mentees and mentors! 
  • Career Services: Need help with your resume? Looking for a part-time job? Graduating and looking for your first real job? You can visit our career platform, Handshake, to access resources, job postings, and employer information, or to make an appointment to meet with a career advisor. 

Visit our Canvas page  or email us at 

Office hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tutoring hours will vary based upon each tutor’s schedule. 

ACPHS supports more than 55 active clubs and professional organizations on campus. Specifically for Commuter Students, the Commuter Student Club (CSC) offers commuter student on and off campus opportunities to connect with other commuting students. Their mission is to create a network for both current and new ACPHS commuter students that supports a sense of community and connection as well as promotes active commuter student involvement within both the ACPHS community and the community at large.

View all our clubs and professional organizations here.

The Office of Counseling and Wellness (OCW) provides mental health and supportive counseling for all ACPHS students. All counseling is free, confidential, and unlimited. Services are provided by licensed counselors, and meetings can be held in-person or via Zoom. Appointments can be made by emailing or by calling 518-694-7262. The office is on the second floor of the Gozzo Student Center, Suite 209, and is open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ACPHS, in conjunction with Chartwells Dining Services, offer a wide variety of dining options on the Albany Campus. See the link below for more information. 

Dining Services Information 

Meal plans are combinations of value meals and flex dollars, both tracked on a declining basis. Click the link below to see meal plan options for resident and commuter students. 

Meal Plan Options 

Students with special dietary needs are encouraged to speak directly with Alisa Mathis-Peterson, Director of Chartwells either in person in the Dining Hall or by email: 

Sponsored by the Campus Activities Programming Board, the Office of Student Engagement and Wellness sells discounted movie tickets every Thursday and Friday throughout the fall and spring semesters. Tickets are $5.00 per ticket for students and $9.00 per ticket for ACPHS faculty and staff members. Limit two tickets per week per person.

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Office works with multiple community organizations to provide our students with a sense of inclusion on campus and in the capital district.

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Suite is on the library's third floor. Within the Suite is a lunge that offers ample room for student meetings, lounge chairs, an update and events board, and a contemplative space for prayer/meditation. This space is open to everyone to study and relax in. 

Contact Associate Vice President of DEI Jonathan Phipps ( or contact the office directly ( for any questions. 

In the event of a delayed opening, early closing, or an all-day closing: 

  • An email will be sent to students, faculty, and staff through your ACPHS email account and SendWordNow e-mail.  
  • The homepage of the College’s website,, will list the postponement or closing. Information will also be updated as necessary on the website.  
  • Local television and radio stations will be notified. 

If a change to the schedule is going to be made due to weather which occurred overnight or in the early morning hours, every effort will be made to make these notifications by 6:00 a.m. In the event of the College closing, all College offices and facilities (except the Gozzo Student Center and College owned Residence Halls) will be closed.  Princeton Classrooms will be open.  UHA Public Safety will remain open 24/7 regardless of weather conditions.  Chartwells Food Service will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule.   Please be reminded that travelling to and from campus during inclement weather is a personal decision and circumstances vary depending on the individual.  All community members should make their decisions based on their own circumstances. 

Engage@ACPHS is the system used by all SGA recognized clubs and professional organizations on campus. Through this system, Clubs and Professional Organizations can advertise their events and meetings to the ACPHS campus community.  

To sign into Engage@ACPHS, you must use your ACPHS log in credentials. 

The ACPHS Fitness Center (basement floor of library building) is open 7 days a week, 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

University Heights Association Public Safety (UHA Public Safety) provides public safety services on the ACPHS campus and neighboring campuses of Albany Law School and the Sage College of Albany. This service is seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

The UHA Office of Public Safety is at the Sage College of Albany Armory, 130 New Scotland Avenue, Rooms 111-116.  The entrance to the Public Safety Offices is on the east side of the Armory (the side closest to the O’Brien Building).   

In an emergency, Public Safety can be reached at 518-244-3177, or you may dial local safety and support services as appropriate. 

Public Safety also offers jump starts, lock out assistance, escorts, and assistance in contacting a towing service or auto club.

Click here for more information about Public Safety at ACPHS UHA Public Safety

Parking Permits and Fobs 

  • Prior to August 1st, parking permit applications can be found on the Student Portal under My Documents, Parking.   

  • After August 1st, please email to purchase a permit. 

  • Resident Permits are $360 for the year 

  • Commuter Permits are $280 for the year 

  • Rotation Resident Permits are $60 per rotation 

  • Rotation Commuter Permits are $10 (refundable upon return of permit and fob) 


Buses: CDTA Public Transportation Access  

  • ACPHS Students can utilize the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) public transportation system for free during the fall and spring semesters with a valid ACPHS student ID. Please note you must present your ACPHS ID when boarding CDTA buses. 

  • Email if you have questions, or are having trouble using your ID on the bus.

The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the primary liaison between the ACPHS student body and the ACPHS administration. The SGA is led by the Executive Board, consisting of the SGA President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Social Chair. The SGA E-board also includes the Professional Organizations and Clubs Chairs, which support the over 55+ interest groups, clubs, and professional organizations on campus. Also, the SGA organizes the Senate, which includes class representation and student special interest groups. 

Meet the SGA Executive Board

ACPHS students may access medical services through Russell Sage College’s wellness centers on the Albany and Troy campuses. The well-established health centers offer holistic medical care to students. Nurse practitioners work in collaboration with a physician to offer physicals, sick visits and referrals to other medical experts as needed.  

Services are covered by the ACPHS student health and wellness fee. If referrals to specialists are required, students must use other means, including their health insurance, to cover those costs. All services, including consultations and referrals, are confidential. Information is not shared without written consent. 

Albany Wellness Center (15-minute walk from anywhere on campus) 
Kahl Campus Center, Lower Level 
Russell Sage College 
140 New Scotland Ave 
Albany, NY 
Phone: 518-292-1917 
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Troy Wellness Center (10 miles from campus) 
Kellas Hall, 1st Floor 
Russell Sage College 
Troy, NY 
Phone: 518-244-2261 
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more information, please visit Albany Wellness Center 

All ACPHS students are required to provide proof of health insurance coverage. For those without private coverage, health insurance through MVP Healthcare is offered to all ACPHS students for an affordable yearly fee. Visit  Student Health Insurance Information for a full summary of the MVP plan and other helpful information.

Besides the Library, students have access to the following study and lounge spaces: 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Suite 

  • Located on the third floor of the Library Building, this space offers ample room for studying and student meetings. 

Katzman Lounge 

  • This space is located on the second floor of the Student Center and is connected to the ACPHS Dining Hall.  

Panther’s Den  

  • Located in the Student Center, this space is an event, lounge, and study space for ACPHS students. 

Princeton Classrooms 

  • The Princeton Classrooms, also known as the PCL rooms, are located on the Princeton side of the 84 Holland Ave building. These spaces offer students spaces to study both independently and in groups.  

Third Floor of the Library 

  • The third floor of the library building offers several study spaces for students to use. These include three small rooms with tables and chairs that fit three to four people and a larger community style study space. Library room 308 is also available to students.