Everything seems better in 'Toga than in Albany. I'm within biking distance from SUNY Adirondack and they recently built dorms, but seriously, avoid UAlbany and SUNY Adirondack. They both suck.
I hear that Skidmore has some awesome parties and there is a lot to do there, and recently they surpassed UC Boulder as the top party college in the U.S. It's an hour away from Gore Mountain, less than 2 hours from Whiteface (one Gore pass can get you free lift access at Whiteface and Belleayre), and not far from Stratton, Mt. Snow, Bromley, and Killington. Also I heard through the grapevine that Action Bronson is performing there in early October.