The College of New Rochelle
"Founded in 1904 as the first Catholic college for women in New York State,...
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The College of New Rochelle

New Rochelle, New York

Situated in a suburban community just minutes from New York City, The College of New Rochelle provides the best of both worlds — the intellectual, professional, and cultural stimulation provided by the remarkable city and the quiet retreat of a beautiful and safe park-like campus. The campus community is small enough that students and faculty know each other on a first-name basis, allowing for many chances to meet informally for discussion, study, and friendship.


The proximity to New York City offers the opportunity for internships and mentoring with recognized leaders in every field, as well as cultural events and activities, from the opera to the ballet, art galleries to inspiring lectures.


It’s an exciting and invigorating combination.

Student Profile

530 Traditional undergrads, 6% male, 94% female; 16 states

Faculty Profile

63 full-time faculty. Student/faculty ratio: 14:1

Residence Life

200 students live on the main campus in three residence halls.


NCAA Division III, offering six sports for women: Basketball, Cross Country, Softball, Tennis, Swimming, and Volleyball. Mascot: Blue Angels

Academic Programs

Art Education (K-12), Art History, Studio Art, Art Therapy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication Arts, Economics, Education (K-12), English, Environmental Studies, Forensic Studies, French, History, Informatics, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts Core Program, Mathematics, Modern and Classical Languages, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Health Professions, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish and Sports Marketing.

More Distinctions

  •  First Catholic college for women in New York State

  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll -- Fifth Consecutive Year

  • The Wellness Center is a Silver LEED certified building which has won numerous awards.

  • Chartered by the Regents of the State of New York

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

  •  Baccalaureate Social Work Program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

  • Education Programs accredited by the Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education

Internships and clinical placements are an intrinsic part of a CNR education. Some recent placements include: Catholic Charities, HBO, Human Rights Watch, Urban Home Ownership, JP Morgan Chase, , NBC TV, ABC TV,  CBS Sports, Fitness Magazine, Museum of Modern Art, NYC Board of Education, White Plains Hospital, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Guggenheim Museum, The Today Show, WVOX, Spanish Broadcasting System, NYC Board of Education, MTV Network, BronxNet, Time Warner Book Group, NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority and the United Nations.

The Honors Program provides an enhanced learning experience and community for the most academically engaged students. The Honors Program joins the very best students with faculty in small seminars that emphasize active learning. Honors students also participate in independent research projects. At CNR, exceptional students enjoy freedom in the direction of their research and take responsibility for their own education.

The College of New Rochelle has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the last five years. Service includes Midnight Runs to New York City to help the homeless, serve meals at the local soup kitchen, work with Habitat for Humanity, teach ESL, and volunteer with senior citizens. CNR students also take annual international and domestic service trips to spend a week serving those in need.

The Study Abroad Program is an important element among our campus offerings, allowing our students the opportunity to experience life abroad and completely immerse themselves in a foreign culture. The Russel and Deborah Taylor Foundation may fund up to half the cost for qualified students in study abroad programs. This helps to ensure that a diverse group of our students may participate.

The School of Arts & Sciences traces its history back to the founding of The College of New Rochelle in 1904, the first Catholic college for women in New York state. At CNR, academic knowledge and degrees are just a part of what makes a college and its students successful. CNR educates exceptional young women of integrity and wisdom and mentor and support women who will be leaders in their fields. CNR graduates are women whose character is as valuable as their expertise.

CNR nurses are known for their education and ability, their caring-healing practice, and their advocacy for patients and the nursing profession. The holistic approach of The School of Nursing defines nursing as caring with compassion, empathy, and altruism, with the intention of healing body, mind, and spirit.

Life at college consists of more than just study. There is a wide selection of clubs and NCAA DIII athletic teams, and service and spiritual opportunities abound.

In a Living Learning Community the conversation may trend toward the latest in scientific research, advances in mathematics, a practical solution to a complex problem, or a discussion of ways to complete a student project. Living Learning Communities exist for different class years, age groups, and several fields of academic study.

Today, CNR alumnae are leaders in many fields, from broadcasting to finance, social work to the arts. CNR’s close network of advisors and mentors open many doors for its students and graduates.

The College of New Rochelle is committed to making a quality education affordable. Through extensive scholarships and financial aid programs, the College has been successful in helping students fulfill their dream of attending CNR. In fact, over 90 percent of CNR students receive need-based financial assistance and/or merit scholarships. Scholarships range from $7,000 to $17,000 and grants for resident students are also available.

Click here to learn more about financial aid at The College of New Rochelle.

Numerous merit scholarships are offered to outstanding students who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, leadership, commitment to service, and intellectual promise. Click here to learn more.

Click here to learn more about scholarships for traditional undergraduate students.