The Sage Colleges
Albany, New York
Russell Sage College, founded in 1916 and Sage College of Albany, founded as a coeducational junior college in 1949 make up The Sage Colleges.
Russell Sage College offers programs in the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs focusing on leadership, and a performing arts program. Sage College of Albany, awarding bachelor’s degrees since 2002, offers respected programs in visual arts, business, legal studies, computer science, and more. Frequent shuttles between Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany make the resources on each campus accessible to all Sage students. Small classes and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 guarantee personal attention.
Several accelerated programs link to master’s and doctoral degrees at Sage’s graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences, and School of Management.
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, and academic and co-curricular programming that celebrates diversity. Seventeen 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 The Sage Colleges
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.
During summer 2018, a New York State Collegiate Science and Technology Entry program grant is providing stipends to 12 students who are participating in research with a faculty member, and in fall 2018, 10 students from across disciplines will present their research at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Boston.
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: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 13%
White, non-Hispanic: 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 8%
“The student is free to try out his or her ideas through experimentation, which leads them to ask for information at the very moment it is needed. The learning progresses at whatever pace the participants can handle, and goes in whatever direction the participants require. My job is to keep the students curious. I drop little surprises on them. I plant seeds rather than lead them into the woods. As long as students maintain their curiosity about the material, they stay motivated to learn and can have fun while they learn.” – Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Frank Vozzo, Ph.D., elaborating on what he likes about inquiry-based teaching and learning methods like the Oxford-Style Tutorial.
Sage faculty are active scholars for whom teaching is the priority, and Sage classes are small, which supports individualized learning opportunities. Students regularly collaborate with faculty on research and participate in directed studies with professors or with the artists, executives and entrepreneurs who hold residencies on campus.
Seminars and Oxford-Style tutorials provide engaging alternatives to traditional lecture classes. Oxford Style Tutorials zero-in on specialized topics, including some entertaining subjects, like the Broadway theatre season, and hard-to-fathom ones, like black holes. Tutorials are usually limited to five students and a professor. These courses are reading and writing intensive, and because of their intimate size, demanding in terms of contributions to class discussions—and they have been wildly popular.
At Sage, faculty get to know students as individuals and take a personal interest in helping them reach their goals. Students and recent alumni regularly share highlights from their Sage education that begin, “My professor knew I was interested in …” A recent example comes from a team of Art + Extended Media students who designed an album cover for an international recording artist. For one of the students, the opportunity came about in part because her professor knew her ultimate goal was to design album covers.
Interdisciplinary faculty teams teach a variety of electives as well as Sage’s distinctive offerings:
- Russell Sage’s WORLD general education program—a three-course sequence that immerses students in research, writing and experiential learning related to issues of particular relevance to women.
- Founder’s Seminar—a year-long course that takes an abstract topic, like “Atmospheres,” and tackles it from multiple perspectives.
- Sage College of Albany’s Literacies of Connections—a course sequence stressing connections between diverse fields, creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, leadership and community engagement.
These courses attract a mix of students – and when faculty and students from Biology, English, History, Psychology and other departments learn together, it generates a lot of new ideas.
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 Russell Sage College campus and the Opalka Gallery at Sage College of Albany 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 College of Albany. 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.
Russell Sage College is on a 15-acre campus in downtown Troy, New York. Sage College of Albany 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 Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany 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.
Hajar Hussaini ’19 lives on the Russell Sage College campus and take classes on the Sage College of Albany campus. She said that getting to be involved on both campuses has been a highlight of her education — she’s also editor of the Russell Sage Review literary magazine in Troy, and works in the dean’s office in Albany.
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.
- Men’s teams: basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, volleyball and tennis
- Women’s teams: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
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. Students learn to form partnerships during the academic journey, which will prepares them to build productive working relationships when they graduate.
In particular, Sage’s Health Sciences programs stress interprofessional education, and opportunities for future occupational and physical therapists, nurses, dieticians, mental health professionals and others to learn 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.
For members of the Class of 2018, professional experiences led to job offers. Molly Snyder ’18 joined the Marketing & Promotions department for the Brockton Rox baseball after she graduated with a degree in Business Marketing. She gained tons of professional experience at her internship with the team last summer, which helped her stand out for the position. Trona Cenac ’18 received a summer 2017 fellowship to work at a public charter school with a mission to prepare low-income students for college, and was offered a teaching position upon graduation.
THE CAREER PLANNING OFFICE
Sage’s Career Planning office is a resource for every stage of students and graduates’ working lives:
- The office counsels prospective and enrolled students who have questions about job outlooks in various fields;
- speaks to business, health care and education leaders with positions they hope to fill with Sage grads;
- hosts a slate of events from etiquette workshops to networking receptions; and conducts mock interviews, reviews résumés; and
- advises job hunters ranging from an undergraduate seeking an internship to an alumna seeking an office position after running her own business.
A strong partnership between Career Planning and Alumni Relations increases networking opportunities for students and graduates.
Free and fast application materials are available at www.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).
Most students begin in the fall term but Sage also has January entry.
Students may apply as freshmen or transfers, depending on their level of education. The admissions team can assist with credit evaluation and advise on the best way to apply if you have questions.
Sage has a growing community of international students; please contact the admissions team for more information.
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