@euve69 It’s no problem whatsoever!
Personally, I love Albany. It’s a pretty big school but it feels like home very fast. Many people believe that the students here only care about partying, but that really just depends on who you surround yourself with. The school does have a big party atmosphere, but I know plenty of people (including myself!) that have made groups of friends that don’t go out often or at all. The main way people socialize to make friends is in class and in clubs, which there are tons of. Parties are just ways to have fun and let loose a little; rarely do people actually become friends at parties. When I was looking into Albany I was terrified of the party atmosphere, but it is so easy to just not be a part of it. Other than partying, the campus itself is very welcoming. The student body is incredibly diverse & most people you meet are friendly and happy. The professors are pretty much always around and always willing to help. There’s something on campus for everyone, no matter what type of person you are.
The Honors College for me personally has been great. Compared to the kids that weren’t in the honors college that I became friends with, I think that kids in the honors college transition into college a lot easier than the ones that aren’t in the honors college. We move in two days early and have a special orientation, we all live in the same dorm building and we all have classes with familiar faces so it was a lot easier to make friends in that way. We also are all like-minded in that a lot of us want to focus more on school than on anything else, although we do love to have fun. As for the 6 required honors classes, yes they seem pretty pointless, but if you plan them out well it works out fine. A lot of the honors classes can also double as a general education requirement, so you get an honors requirement and a gen ed out of the way at the same time. It may seem stupid to take honors English if your son is a accounting major, but it really helps students to figure out what they actually want to do and to take classes that they may be interested in but wouldn’t get to take depending on their major. It seems useless, but it really does help in deciding what we want to do and being more well-rounded. Being in the honors college also gets us into research faster and easier, which makes writing the senior thesis much easier. A lot of people are scared of the thesis, including me, but from honors seniors I have talked to they said it really isn’t as bad as we all think.
I guess the pros of the honors college are: priority housing & class registration, surrounded by like-minded people, easier to make friends (in my opinion), research is easier to get into. One con of the honors college that I have is that sometimes you get sick of being surrounded by the same people. This is more likely to happen if you live in the honors dorm building, as you are constantly surrounded by all honors kids. Another is no one actually knows how having this distinction on your diploma actually helps with getting a job or getting into a graduate school in the long run. Nothing has been said or proved or anything, so I cannot help there.
I hope this helped a little bit! Let me know if you have any more questions.