Russell Sage College
Albany, New York
One College, Two Campuses
Russell Sage College, formerly known as The Sage Colleges, is a coeducational private college with two campuses. Sage’s locations in the neighboring cities of Albany and Troy, New York, offer two distinct experiences. Students have the opportunity to learn and connect on both campuses. This unique advantage provides an education with more depth, a community with greater perspective, and a student life with more to enjoy.
Focused on professional preparation and student support, a Sage education prepares students to thrive in today’s workforce and global community. 94% of graduates are employed or continue their education through graduate school.
Sage is committed to making a quality education affordable, providing institutional scholarships, grants, and federal and state aid that help students graduate with less debt. Each accepted first-year undergraduate student is guaranteed $60,000 in scholarship. The scholarship spans four consecutive years of undergraduate full-time study in good academic standing. Students may be eligible to receive additional aid based on academic achievement or financial need—99% of financial aid applicants receive an award.
A student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 guarantees personal attention. While Sage is well known for its Health Sciences programs, including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, there are 24 undergraduate programs with multiple accelerated pathways to graduate degrees for students to choose from. Housed under the fields of Art + Design, Business, Creative & Performing Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Law & Public Policy, Liberal Arts, and The Sciences, students can earn their degree in the traditional manner or as part of Sage’s accelerated programs, which link to graduate degrees. 100% of students participate in some form of experiential learning: internship, clinical or research.
Sage students are engaged in the community via service projects, academic service-learning, work-study positions in nonprofits, and research. Students develop a global perspective through extensive study abroad opportunities, a vibrant community of international students, academic and co-curricular programming that celebrates diversity, and 60+ clubs and organizations.
As part of Sage’s strategic plan, a Women’s Institute and wellness initiative, called Sage THRIVE, will be launched. Drawing on Sage’s century-long dedication to women’s empowerment, the institute will promote women’s leadership, gender equity, and inclusivity through a student learning community. Sage THRIVE will incorporate a college-wide emphasis on health, well-being, life success and happiness—all supported by creative connections between the curriculum and student life.
Nineteen men’s and women’s athletics teams compete in the NCAA Division III Empire 8 Conference. A professional theatre company at Russell Sage College and the renowned Opalka Gallery at Sage College of Albany enrich both campus and community
Get to know Russell Sage College
Every day, in every academic department at Sage, professors and students ask big questions and then read widely, write intensely and collaborate zealously as they pursue answers.
SERVICE LEARNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
The new Office of Service Learning was established to get students enrolled in civic education earlier in their academic careers. The office is also working to incorporate more community-engaged courses within more majors. Some of these courses include:
- Intro to Research Methods, a Chemistry class which replaced standard lab instruction with project-specific experiments of local and global significance. Students worked with environmental protection organizations to measure and analyze contamination in the Hudson River and conducted research supported by an EPA grant to develop a water filtration system for use in the developing world.
- Leadership & Diversity, challenges students to be effective leaders as they take ownership of a project on behalf of a community service agency – and all that entails: communication among diverse stakeholders, analyzing finances, utilizing project management skills, meeting deadlines and more.
“I’m on the women’s basketball team here at Sage. I am also in Sage Select, which is a program based on building leadership skills. I’m a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as well, which has given me many volunteer opportunities and opportunities to improve athletics on campus.” -Megan Flynn ’20, Management major
Students in every discipline regularly conduct research, present at conferences including the prestigious National Undergraduate Research Conference, and/or have their work published.
Sage’s Kathleen A. Donnelly Center for Undergraduate Research assists students with presentation skills, posters, technical support, and publication and conference possibilities and oversees the annual Undergraduate Research Day, which showcases students’ academic achievements.
DIVERSITY AND GLOBAL LEARNING
Sage provides a global perspective through study abroad opportunities, a community of international students, and diverse academic and co-curricular programming. Formal partnerships with international schools and organizations—including the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Mahidol University in Thailand and the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women—integrate global and cultural awareness into life at Sage.
A number of distinctive classes are offered as Honors Seminars at Russell Sage College. Students pursuing an Honors Diploma at Russell Sage must take at least 15 credits of honors designated courses. However, honors courses are open to any student with a 3.0 GPA and instructor permission.
“Classes designated as honors are usually investigations of special topics that appeal to students interested in being challenged,” said Tonya Moutray, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Program. “They are not necessarily ‘more difficult,’ but a different kind of work is expected,” she said, citing interdisciplinary, student-directed reading, writing, discussion and collaboration.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 11%
White, non-Hispanic: 59%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: .5%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: .5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 10%
- 11:1 student to faculty ratio
- Average class size of 16
“Professors treat you as an individual. They get to know both your strengths and your weaknesses. They know you by your name, and by your character.”—John Johnson ’19, Sociology major
Although primarily devoted to teaching, Sage’s 132 full-time faculty members conduct groundbreaking research, write books, publish peer-reviewed articles in respected journals, produce art exhibitions and performances, and participate in professional organizations in leadership capacities.
In 2017 and 2018, Associate Professor of English Shealeen Meaney, Ph.D., received a Fulbright award to conduct research in Goa, India—the sixth member of the Sage faculty to receive a Fulbright in recent years, remarkable for a small university. Meaney also received a competitive national research fellowship that includes a residency at the renowned Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston in summer 2019.
Also in 2018, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Emilly Obuya, Ph.D., and her students received a nearly $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support research into green chemistry and nanotechnology processes to sterilize contaminated drinking water.
Victoria Greenwood, M.S., RN-BC, assistant professor of nursing, completed advanced training through the Parkinson’s Foundation and joined an elite group of 228 Parkinson’s Foundation Nurse Scholars.
Many more faculty members have published, presented or served in leadership roles with professional organizations affiliated with their disciplines.
Sage’s two campuses are ideally situated for students to take full advantage of the educational laboratory that the state capital offers.
THE THEATRE INSTITUTE AT SAGE AND THE OPALKA GALLERY
The Theatre Institute at Sage on the Troy campus and the Opalka Gallery at Sage’s Albany campus contribute to Sage’s mission of practical liberal arts education by assuring that students in the fine arts engage with a professional theater company and a professional art gallery. Performances and exhibits are often linked to the curriculum creating a culturally-rich learning experience for arts students, and also for those studying science, business, education, and dozens of other majors.
The Theatre Institute at Sage provides arts-in-education programming to area youth and teachers, and professional theatre experiences for Sage students. In 2016, the Theatre Institute developed “Backbeard: The Musical,” based on Graphic Design Professor Matthew McElligott’s children’s book series. In 2017, “Backbeard” was selected from hundreds of entries for the 2017 New York Musical Festival, and 15 students were part of the cast and crew for its New York City run in August.
The Opalka Gallery holds exhibitions showcasing artists of national and international importance and brings thousands of visitors to Sage’s Albany campus. Its full calendar of exhibitions, lectures, films, performances and more make it a gathering place for campus and the wider community. The gallery is acclaimed within Albany’s thriving arts community and has a growing reputation in the New York City art world.
NEW YORK STATE’S CAPITAL
Albany, New York, is home to the state legislature, state courts and dozens of agencies that have an impact on the lives of more than 19 million New Yorkers. Enlightening internships, the potential for meaningful post-graduate employment and opportunities to combine scholarly expertise with public service make the intersection of Sage and State a busy and exciting place.
Sage students regularly participate in New York’s Assembly and Senate internship programs, which offer students from any major the opportunity to directly participate in state government and the legislative process, and Sage graduates are always well-represented in the Excelsior Service Fellowship Program, which places new graduates into two-year, well-paying full-time positions in the Executive Chamber and at 41 state government agencies and authorities.
Sage boasts a busy calendar of public events including nationally-known lecturers and performers.
Recent guests include Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, The Today Show’s nutrition expert Joy Bauer, and women’s rights and social justice leader Cecile Richards.
Dozens of student organizations as well as centers of inquiry devoted to character and citizenship education, women’s studies, mental health, school safety, and climate change, also enrich the campuses’ academic and social environment.
Sage’s Troy campus is on a 15-acre campus in downtown Troy, New York. Sage’s Albany campus is on an 18-acre campus adjacent to the law, medical and pharmacy schools of University Heights, and the residential Helderberg neighborhood.
Troy and Albany’s rich arts, cultural resources and natural resources extend the Sage campuses and multiply opportunities for learning and leisure.
Both campuses are in walkable, diverse and lively communities, with theatres, concert venues, museums, dining and shopping options and opportunities for outdoor recreation. A creative and civic-minded population helps the area thrive. Sage’s Where to Eat, Play and Stay guide, All Over Albany and Iloveny.com are great resources on the area.
Frequent shuttles between Sage’s Troy campus and Sage’s Albany campus make the resources on and near each campus accessible to all Sage students.
New York’s Capital District is 150 miles north of New York City and west of Boston; 220 miles south of Montreal; 300 miles east of Buffalo.
The Sage Gators compete in the NCAA Division III Empire 8 conference. More information about Sage’s athletics program is available at www.sagegators.com.
“We have to become comfortable collaborating with each other as students, so we’ll recognize interprofessional initiatives at our fieldwork and first jobs, and if we don’t find them, we’ll recognize the opportunity to be a leader by implementing them… I will definitely stay involved as an advocate for interprofessional collaboration. I’ve accepted its importance as a student and will put it in practice as a professional.”– Gina Gerlach, in her final year of Sage’s 3 + 2 Occupational Therapy program, of Sage’s emphasis on cross-professional education. Read more about Gina Gerlach’s involvement with interprofessional education at Sage.
Sage’s high-quality curriculum combined with its career pipeline means students graduate well-educated and well-connected. Sage fosters interdisciplinary education, which in turn improves teamwork among professions that work together.
Internships, work study placements and service-learning projects are part of every course of study at Sage. These opportunities combine education, professional networking and community involvement.
Focused on professional preparation and student support, a Sage education prepares you to thrive in today’s workforce and global community. 94% of graduates are employed or continue their education through graduate school.
THE CAREER PLANNING OFFICE
Sage’s Career Planning office is a resource for every stage of students and graduates’ working lives. The office:
- Answers questions about job outlooks in different fields
- Speaks to connections with positions they hope to fill with Sage grads
- Hosts events such as etiquette workshops and networking receptions
- Conducts mock interviews and reviews resumes
A strong partnership between Career Planning and Alumni Relations increases networking opportunities for students and graduates.
Free and fast application materials are available at admission.sage.edu. The admissions team wants to get to know your accomplishments, interests and goals, and the application is designed to help you to present that information. Sage does not require standardized tests (like SAT or ACT).
Sage has rolling admission.
Sage welcomes first time freshman, transfers, graduate students and continuing education students. The admission team is happy to assist with credit evaluation and answer any questions you have about the application process.
Sage has a growing community of international students; please contact the admissions team for more information.
Tuition & Cost
Tuition & Fees: $31,883
Room & Board: $12,835
At Sage, we are committed to making a first-rate private education affordable. We prepare students for great careers. And we know that life after graduation is easier with less debt.
Each accepted first-year undergraduate student is guaranteed $60,000 in scholarship. This scholarship covers four consecutive years ($15,000 per year) of undergraduate full-time study in good academic standing.
That’s right. There’s no income barrier or confusing restrictions. You will learn, prepare and graduate from Sage with less debt. Then, take that step forward to a career on better financial footing.
Scholarships of $15,000-$17,000 are also available to every full-time transfer student (annually for up to three years).
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