The Sage Colleges

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65 1st Street

Troy, NY 12180-4115

Phone: (518) 244-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#101 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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The Sage Colleges is a private institution that was founded in 1916. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,741, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 19 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. The Sage Colleges's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 101. Its tuition and fees are $28,000 (2013-14).

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

The Sage Colleges is an independent comprehensive university enrolling nearly 3,000 students in programs in 71 major areas of study. Sage is comprised of Russell Sage College for women in Troy, NY; the coeducational Sage College of Albany in Albany, NY; the graduate schools of Education, Health Sciences and Management, with programs on both campuses; and Sage Online for distance learning courses and programs.

The Russell Sage motto, "To Be, To Know, To Do," informs the educational mission of The Sage Colleges: 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 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 translate learning into action and application, recognizing the obligation of educated persons to lead and serve their communities.

Sage students are engaged in the community via service projects, academic service learning, work-study positions in non-profits and more. Sage provides a global perspective through extensive study abroad opportunities, a vibrant community of international students, and academic and co-curricular programming that celebrate diversity. Formal partnerships with the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, Mahidol University in Thailand and the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women integrate global and cultural awareness into life at Sage.

Sage is home to a thriving arts scene. Performances and exhibits are often linked to the curriculum, creating a culturally-rich learning experience. Sage's arts resources enrich both campus and community. The Theatre Institute at Sage provides arts-in-education programming to area youth and enhances the education of Sage students through involvement as support staff and student teachers. The Opalka Gallery holds exhibitions showcasing artists of national and international importance.

Russell Sage College, founded in 1916, offers competitive programs in the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs focusing on women's leadership and entrepreneurship, and an excellent performing arts program. Russell Sage is one of the only women's colleges in the country with a core curriculum based on women's experiences and a technology-business incubator on campus. The Incubator for New Ventures and Emerging Sciences and Technologies (INVEST) provides space and resources for young companies, while advancing Sage's programs in science, technology and business. The Discovery Degree, "Your Bachelor's Degree in Three," allows exceptional students to enhance almost any major, through interdisciplinary coursework and exploration of the Hudson River Valley.

Sage College of Albany, founded as a coeducational junior college in 1949 and awarding bachelor's degrees since 2002, offers a celebrated visual arts program and interdisciplinary programs in business, legal studies, computer science and more. The core educational curriculum is a course sequence in Innovation Thinking, affectionately dubbed i.Think. Students practice creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, leadership, design thinking and community engagement. The School of Professional and Continuing Education offers bachelor's degree completion programs designed specifically for working adults.

In 2009, Sage restructured its graduate programs around areas of expertise to create the Sage Graduate Schools--of Education, Health Sciences and Management. The schools offer advanced study for practice and leadership through master's degrees and post-master's certificates in professional disciplines, as well as doctorates in physical therapy, nursing science, and educational leadership.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1916
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $21,009,808


When applying to The Sage Colleges, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at The Sage Colleges is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 55.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at The Sage Colleges is 11:1, and the school has 53.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at The Sage Colleges include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; Education; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 24%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Visual and Performing Arts 13%
Education 12%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 7%

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Student Life

The Sage Colleges has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,741, with a gender distribution of 20.3 percent male students and 79.7 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. The Sage Colleges is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,965
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

The Sage Colleges offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. The Sage Colleges 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at The Sage Colleges, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at The Sage Colleges.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At The Sage Colleges, 90.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,486.

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Tuition and fees $28,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,400 (2013-14)
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