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Sage is a small university that takes advantage of its location with many educational,...

The Sage Colleges

Albany, New York

Sage is a community of scholars committed to empowering students:


To Be: To provide the individual student with the opportunity and means to develop and advance personally and professionally, and thus to be successful in achieving life goals;


To Know: To contribute to the larger society a group of diverse, thoughtful and competent citizen-leaders who continue to be engaged in the pursuit of lifelong learning; and


To Do: To translate learning into action and application, recognizing the obligation of educated persons to lead and to serve their communities.


Interdisciplinary academics, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.  

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,634 undergraduate students
87% of undergrad students are full time
20% male — 80% female
10% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
140 full-time faculty
13 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

In New York’s Capital District, 150 miles north of New York City and west of Boston; 220 miles south of Montreal; 300 miles east of Buffalo.
Two campuses, on each side of the Hudson River, in Troy there are 40 buildings on a 15-acre campus of historic buildings and quaint courtyards. In Albany there are 14 buildings on a 15-acre campus in the University Heights neighborhood (also home to Albany Law, Medical, and Pharmacy Schools).

School Location

In New York’s Capital District, 150 miles north of New York City and west of Boston; 220 miles south of Montreal; 300 miles east of Buffalo.

Retention Fall 2015

78% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

60% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 13%
White 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 9%


NCAA Division III Skyline Conference men’s teams: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, volleyball and tennis; women’s teams: basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball

Academic Programs

School of Education: Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism [M.S.]; Childhood / Literacy Education [M.S.]; Childhood / Special Education [M.S.]; Childhood Education [M.S.E.]; Community Health Education [M.S.]; Leadership [Ed.D.]; Literacy / Special Education [M.S.]; Literacy Education – Adolescent [M.S.E.]; Literacy Education – Childhood [M.S.E.]; Master of Arts in Teaching – Art (K-12) [M.A.T.]; Master of Arts in Teaching – Biology [M.A.T.]; Master of Arts in Teaching – English [M.A.T.]; Master of Arts in Teaching – Math [M.A.T.]; Master of Arts in Teaching – Social Studies [M.A.T.]; Professional School Counseling [M.S.]; School Health Education [M.S.]; Special Education [M.S.E.]; Teaching Excellence (MTX) [M.S.]; Teaching Excellence: Assessment & Planning [Certificate]; Teaching Excellence: Literacy [Certificate]; Teaching Excellence: Technology Integration [Certificate]

Sage College of Albany: Applied Biology [B.S.]; Art: Fine Arts [B.F.A.]; Art: Graphic Design [B.F.A.]; Art: Interior Design [B.F.A.]; Business Administration [B.B.A.]; Business Administration [B.S.]; Clinical Biology [B.S.]; Computer Information Systems [B.S.]; Creative Studies [B.S.]; Interdisciplinary Studies [B.S.]; Law and Society [B.S.]; Law: Accelerated B.A./J.D. Program [B.A./J.D.]; Physical Education [B.S.]; Physical Therapy: Accelerated 3+3 [3+3 B.S. – D.P.T.]; Physical Therapy: Accelerated 4+3 [4+3 D.P.T.]; Pre-Law Studies; Public Affairs and Public Policy [B.S.];

Russell Sage College: Biochemistry [B.S.]; Biology [B.A.]; Chemistry [B.S.]; Chemistry-M.B.A. Accelerated Program [B.S. – M.B.A]; Childhood Education [B.S.]; Creative Arts Therapy [B.A.]; English [B.A.]; Environmental Studies [B.A.]; Forensic Science [B.S.]; Health Sciences [B.S.]; History [B.A.]; Interdisciplinary Studies [B.S.]; Law: Accelerated B.A./J.D. Program [B.A./J.D.]; Mathematics [B.A.]; Mathematics + Engineering: 5 Year BA/BS with RPI [B.A./B.S.]; Musical Theatre [B.S.]; Nursing [B.S.]; Nutrition Science [B.S.]; Occupational Therapy: Accelerated 3+2 [3+2 M.S.]; Physical Therapy: Accelerated 3+3 [3+3 D.P.T.]; Physical Therapy: Accelerated 4+3 [4+3 D.P.T.]; Political Science [B.A.]; Pre-Law Studies; Psychology [B.A.]; Sociology [B.A.]; Theatre [B.A.]

School of Management: Business Administration [M.B.A.]; Health Services Administration [M.S.]; Organization Management [M.S.];

School of Health Sciences: Community Psychology [M.A.]; Counseling & Community Psychology [M.A.]; Forensic Mental Health [M.S.]; Nursing [D.N.S.]; Nursing [M.S.]; Nutrition: Applied Nutrition [M.S.]; Nutrition: Dietetic Internship [Certificate]; Nutrition: Post-Baccalaureate in Nutrition Science [Certificate]; Occupational Therapy [M.S.]; Physical Therapy [D.P.T.]; Post Master Nursing Certificates [Certificate]; Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy [D.P.T.]

Sage After Work: Computer Information Systems [B.S.];

A Sage education is characterized by a diversity of students studying a range of topics from diverse perspectives.  The exchange and engagement insures not only a deep learning experience but a valuable learning process: students have enough in common that they can support each other and enough differences that they learn from each other.


Sage has partnered with the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center and three other universities to create Project SLATE (Service Learning and Teacher Education), designed to teach future teachers how to use community service as a teaching and learning vehicle.  As Sage President Susan Scrimshaw said, “Service-learning is one of the best ways for students to learn, and provides them with experience and preparation for a life as engaged citizens. It also provides our colleges with concrete ways to give back to our communities and to model good citizenship. At Sage, we urge our students to be engaged in our local and global communities; to be excellent in academics; and to hone skills relevant to the 21st century. Service-learning embodies all three of these elements; to be engaged, excellent and relevant.”  For service learning projects and activities, Project SLATE will draw on the resources of existing partnerships with diverse youth and family, early childhood, social service and community-based educational enrichment and advocacy organizations in the region.


Sage  also has health science students working in a local Farmers’ Market, in Guatemala, and in Thailand helping spread information about health and wellness, as well as participating in collaborative research.


The School of Management has an annual Social Responsibility Fair which hosts ecologically sound new products from local firms.


Sage is the only management program in the Northeast to offer a new finance simulation to “season-up” students before they go to work for banks, brokerage firms, or traders.  And for the past three years Sage has offered a cutting edge strategy simulation class to give students experience running a firm from all aspects of business – marketing, finance, and operations management. Students get a macro “birds-eye view” of running a business as opposed to a “single-shot” sub-specialized view, which is the norm in most business classes.

Individualized Education Experience

Sage students and faculty comment again and again on the centrality of close working relationships in the educational experience.  From introductory courses to advanced, and often individually-tailored study projects, this personalization and flexibility is apparent. Just one example is an anthropology course, which is team taught by the college’s president and another professor.  Its theme intertwines with the major fall theater production, so students from the class and the production interact, as will all members of the community who attend a performance.  This shows a bit of the overlap and boundary-lessness of education at Sage.

Small Classes

Sage classes are small, which leads to highly-interactive and engaged learning.  This supports some unconventional and stimulating opportunities as faculty challenge students to go beyond rote memorization, and explore creative educational options like group projects and individual research.

Degree Options

On the Troy campus, Sage has introduced the Discovery Degree, a three year BA program that allows students to earn their degree a year sooner or to advance to a Sage graduate program if they chose. Many Sage students enter college expecting they will continue for a masters degree and they can plan their courses so they can “fast track” into a wide variety of advanced degree programs.

Sage is an institution IN and OF its community. Students and faculty live, work, and play on-campus and in the community, and many “outsiders” come to participate in Sage events.  

Life Outside the Classroom

Sage is a magnet for cultural, educational, political, and pure entertainment events including:

  • US Senate debates
  • Performances at the Theatre Institute at Sage
  • Week-long colloquia pertaining to US history
  • Festivals celebrating the Hudson River
  • Numerous concerts and art exhibitions
  • Poetry readings
  • Distinguished lectures
  • Rock bands and comedians

Troy and Albany

In both Troy and Albany, a vast array of opportunities exist to network, learn, play, and work. The area is home to a number of major museums, teaching hospitals, the New York State capital, community service organizations, and some of the largest international corporations – in finance, manufacturing, research, and consulting.


Sage has an “interprofessional” course offering between: Albany Medical College, Albany Law School, and Albany College of Pharmacy, where students and faculty collaborate on the topic “Dilemmas in Health Care.” This is a unique example of improving teamwork among professions that work together and need to form partnerships during the academic journey, which will create productive, professional working relationships in their roles when they graduate.

Community Work Study Program

Sage’s Community Work Study program combines education, community involvement, and  job placement.  This is a unique initiative that pays students to work in local non-profits at no cost to participating organizations.  Last year, Sage had 73 students working at 30+ local non-profit organizations.  These experiences, by design, are very similar to Internship experiences, as students need to complete “internship-like, project based” responsibilities… the big difference is that the student gets paid, but at no expense to the employer.  

The Career Planning Office

Of course, in addition to this program, Sage takes advantage of all the networking resources of the region.  The Career Planning Office works with students as early as their first year to help them think about the skills they’ll need in order to succeed in their chosen career. The office also helps students develop ways to present themselves to graduate schools and employers.  The quality of Sage students and this careful preparation are reflected in Sage’s consistent 97-98% placement rate.



2,495 Total Applicants 
1,345 Total Admissions 
263 Total Freshman Enrollment

53.91% of applicants admitted


The admission process at Sage is designed to assist as they strive to make the best decisions about what students are right for Sage (and vice versa).  The application forms and process (interviews or portfolio reviews) are designed to give students the best forum to present themselves AND learn about Sage.

Sage views admissions as a two-way street, a shared process with a common goal: finding the right college for all students and the right students for Sage.

Complete information on details and timelines can be found on the website, where one can find an Apply Now icon. Sage offers a “self managed” application option that allows applicants to control the process and stay informed of their application status at all times. 

Sage adheres to the “holistic” review of candidates and seeks to assure that all students are evaluated based on the context of their opportunities, which you will discuss in the application.  The courses you take and your grades are very important.  Recommendations add depth to those numbers.  Sage does not require standardized tests (like SAT or ACT).  The Sage staff want to get to know your interests, accomplishments, and goals, and the application is designed to allow you to present that too.

If there is additional information that is NOT asked for that you feel will help the staff get to know you, Sage is happy to receive supplementary materials (DVDs, recordings, press clippings, PowerPoints, etc) as well.

Most students enter beginning in the fall term but Sage also has January entry.

Students may apply as freshmen or transfers, depending on their level of education.  Staff can assist with credit evaluation and advise on the best way to apply if you have questions.

International students are a growing presence at Sage and anyone with questions regarding this process for non-citizens should contact Sage too if guidance is needed.




Tuition $27,000
Fees $1,400
Total $28,400
Room and Board (on campus) $12,220
Room Only $6,330
Board Only $5,890
Estimated Total On Campus $40,620


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$24,155 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,469 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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