College of St. Rose

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432 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203-1490

Phone: (800) 637-8556
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#37 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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College of St. Rose is a private institution that was founded in 1920. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,881, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 46 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of St. Rose's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 37. Its tuition and fees are $27,684 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

With a rigorous liberal education curriculum, 70 undergraduate majors, and a mission of service to the urban community, The College of Saint Rose has the character of a private college with the opportunities of a large university - all in the heart of Albany, New York. Facilities include the Lally School of Education, Massry Center for the Arts, Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, Plumeri Sports Complex, Huether School of Business and Centennial Hall (apartment-style residence hall) all built within the last decade. Complete renovations include the Science Center, Events and Athletics Center and Dining Hall. More than $100 million has been invested in the campus with 29 new buildings acquired or built in the last 15 years. The College's President describes Saint Rose as hi-tech/hi-touch with 92 smart classrooms, 1,848 computers and an average class size of 20 students. With a student faculty ratio of 13:1, no teaching assistants, students are mentored by full-time faculty in their major. More than 96 percent of professors have the highest degrees in their fields and engage in dynamic research with undergraduate students. Two thirds of the programs hold the highest level of specialized accreditation and eight accelerated dual degrees enable students to earn their bachelor's/ master's degrees in five years while retaining their undergraduate financial aid. Students present their findings at the College's Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and publish their work in the College's Journal of Undergraduate Research. Undergraduates co-author research papers in scholarly journals and present their findings at national conferences. In 2012, nine students presented at the 2011 National Council of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Conference. In the 2012 ACT Student Opinion Survey, Saint Rose significantly outperformed other private colleges in: the attitude of faculty toward students, faculty out-of-class availability, classroom and lab facilities, concern for the individual, variety of courses offered, career planning services, residence hall services and programs. Students also reported that Saint Rose classrooms are friendly (95%), civil (91%), and accepting of diversity (84%). Most majors, require semester-long internships/student-teaching or clinical practicums. Students are placed in multinational corporations, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, government agencies and school districts in Albany, New York City, Atlanta, Boston, and Washington D.C. Many students do a study abroad experience including international internships with recent placements in England, Ireland and Argentina. Many graduates are employed directly from their internship with employers preferring to hire Saint Rose graduates because they have the specific technical skills, the ability to write and analyze quickly, and a strong work ethic. Starting before the first week of classes, incoming freshmen can choose from three early arrival immersion programs in the arts, social justice and service, or an outdoor experience building leadership skills. Throughout their time at Saint Rose, students live out the College's mission through service both in the City of Albany and in alternative-break trips to Washington D.C, New Orleans, Florida and Guatemala. The College's annual day of volunteerism draws more than 750 students. The College has been recognized by the President's Honor Roll for Community Service for three consecutive years. Saint Rose ensures that students are job-ready and in the most recent Career Center survey, 93 percent of recent graduates said they were employed or pursuing masters' or doctoral degrees, and 97% said that Saint Rose prepared them for entrance into law and medical schools as well as highly competitive master's and doctoral programs. Many commented on the "value" of their experience saying that their net cost was comparable to a public university and 90 percent said they would attend Saint Rose again.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1920
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $30,228,990


When applying to College of St. Rose, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at College of St. Rose is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at College of St. Rose is 13:1, and the school has 67.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at College of St. Rose include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 52%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 36%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

College of St. Rose has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,881, with a gender distribution of 33.1 percent male students and 66.9 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. College of St. Rose is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,698
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

College of St. Rose offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. College of St. Rose also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at College of St. Rose, 44 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at College of St. Rose.

Students who have cars on campus 44%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At College of St. Rose, 83.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,673.

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Tuition and fees $27,684 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,250 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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