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About The Sage Colleges


Overview of The Sage Colleges

The Sage Colleges is an independent comprehensive university delivering degrees in 71 major areas of study through three free-standing colleges. Sage serves more than 2,500 students each year on two campuses, in Albany and Troy, New York and through Sage Online for distance learning courses and programs.

Russell Sage College, a comprehensive undergraduate college for women, offers bachelor’s degrees in the traditional liberal arts and sciences as well as in selected professional fields, including creative arts in therapy, education, health sciences, nursing, nutrition science, and theatre. More than 50 percent of graduates each year pursue advanced degrees, many through accelerated programs with Sage Graduate School.

The coeducational Sage College of Albany offers bachelor’s degrees in art and design, computing technologies, humanities, business, and legal studies. Interdisciplinary programs include applied biology and law and society. The iThink curriculum engages all students in problem-based learning and prepares them for the contemporary workplace. Through the School of Professional and Continuing Education, Sage College of Albany also offers bachelor’s degree completion programs designed specifically for working adults.

Sage Graduate School is a coeducational environment offering advanced study for practice and leadership through master’s degrees and post-master’s certification in professional disciplines, as well as the doctorate in physical therapy, nursing science, and educational leadership. Areas of specialty include business and management, education, health services administration, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychology. Sage Graduate School serves both recent college graduates and individuals already at work in their professions.

The motto of Russell Sage College, “To Be, To Know, To Do,” also informs the educational purpose of The Sage Colleges, where the common effort is to translate learning into action and application, within a framework of value that recognizes the obligation of educated persons to lead and serve their communities.

Presidents of Sage

Eliza Kellas 1916-1928
Dr. James Laurence Meader 1928-1942
Helen McKinstry 1942-1946
Dr. Lewis A. Froman 1948-1969
Dr. Charles U. Walker 1970-1975
Edgar S. Pitkin (Interim) 1975
Dr. William F. Kahl 1976-1988
Dr. Sara S. Chapman 1988-1995
Dr. Jeanne H. Neff 1995-2008
Dr. Susan C. Scrimshaw 2009-2017
Dr. Christopher Ames 2017-


The Sage Colleges is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. The Sage Colleges is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). Individual programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190 (703) 437-0700; the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (ACOTE). 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD (301) 652-2682; the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (CAPTE), Trans-3245; Potomac Plaza, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria VA, 22314-1448. (703) 706-3245; the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20036-1023 (202) 466-7496; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC (202) 887-6791; and the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association (CADE) 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Il 60606-6995 (312) 899-4872. The Chemistry department offers a degree option that is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) 1155 16th St. NW, Washington DC (202) 872-4600.

Organizations and Affiliations

The Sage Colleges holds memberships in the following:

  • The New American Colleges and Universities (NACU)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
  • Women’s College Coalition (Russell Sage College)
  • Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (New York)

Sage College of Albany Mission and Purpose

Sage College of Albany is an undergraduate college of applied studies that prepares men and women for life’s commitments and for work in a constantly changing world. The College offers baccalaureate degrees:

  • With programs characterized by interdisciplinary values, multiple pathways, and learning for application;
  • Designed and delivered by a faculty committed to working with students to reach their unique learning goals;
  • For students of strong potential and promise;
  • In an active learning environment.

Special emphasis is placed on preparation for new and emerging professions that draw upon the College’s core competencies in art and design, computing technologies, business, legal studies, writing and information sciences. Applied programs in the liberal arts and sciences complement these central areas, while general education requirements at both introductory and upper levels add value and depth to professional studies.

The innovative iThink curriculum emphasizes problem-based learning and prepares students for the contemporary workplace. Students have multiple opportunities for internships and are encouraged to test their education and skills in the real world.

History of Sage College of Albany

In 1949 Russell Sage College for women in Troy, NY, opened a coeducational Albany Division. Intended to serve the large number of veterans returning from World War II, state government workers, and others seeking an education related to workplace needs, the Albany Division offered associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in an evening schedule to an audience of working adults.

The first classes were offered in buildings located in downtown Albany. Noting the absence of a public community college in Albany County, President Lewis Froman received approval in 1957 to establish a “private junior college” operating on a daytime schedule in the same buildings. In the summer of 1959, the College purchased a portion of the site of the Albany Home for Children at New Scotland and Academy Road and a year later the entire Albany Division moved to the new campus, continuing to coexist in the same buildings in daytime and evening schedules. In 1962, the Junior College of Albany received its own degree-granting power, and henceforth all associate degrees (day and evening) were awarded through JCA.

During the 1970’s, art and design became signature programs for JCA and earned prestigious NASAD accreditation. For many years, the evening division continued to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees under the charter of Russell Sage College. During the 1980’s, the umbrella institution began to be known as The Sage Colleges, the two-year college as Sage Junior College of Albany, and the evening division as the Sage Evening College and Sage Graduate School. In 1995, these names were formalized and the Sage Graduate School received separate degree-granting powers.

In 2001, responding to the wishes of SJCA students to remain at Sage for four years, the rising credentials needed for entry-level professional positions, and the emerging workplace needs of the 21st century, Sage Junior College of Albany and Sage Evening College were replaced by a single four-year entity, Sage College of Albany. SCA now offers many innovative and interdisciplinary degree programs, retaining its historic prominence in art and design, and, through its “Sage After Work” division, offers upper-level, bachelor’s degree completion programs for working adults.

Graduates of Sage College of Albany may also take advantage of related graduate degree programs offered by Sage Graduate School in health sciences, management, psychology and education.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of The Sage Colleges to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Employment practices will not be influenced or affected  n an illegally discriminatory manner by an individual’s race, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Likewise, admission, financial aid, and access to programs will not be influenced or affected in an illegally discriminatory manner by an individual’s race, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law. Russell Sage College for Women, a member of The Sage Colleges, is exempt from gender discrimination requirements with respect to admission, aid, and programs under Title IX. Inquiries with respect to the specifics of the laws governing these matters or with respect to the application of these policies should be directed to the Director of Human Resources, The Sage Colleges, Plum Building, 45 Ferry Street, Troy, New York 12180, (518) 244-2391.