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The Office of Admission at The Sage Colleges carefully reviews the admission information of each applicant to establish the best match between the individual and the College. For complete information on admission procedures and deadlines contact:

The Sage Colleges
Office of Admission
140 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
[email protected] |

Albany Campus: (518) 292-1730 | fax: (518) 292-1912
Troy Campus: (518) 244-2217 | fax: (518) 244-6880

First-Year Students

First Year freshman students must submit:

  • A completed Application (online or Common Application);
  • An official high school transcript or an official copy of a GED score;
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor;
  • A written essay (minimum of 250 words);
  • Submission of standardized tests is optional (unless required for admission to an externally-linked academic program)

It is recommended that an applicant submit a list of extracurricular activities that provide additional relevant information that is not covered on the application and other supporting documents.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must submit:

  • A completed Application (online or Common Application);
  • An official high school transcript or an official copy of a GED score (if fewer than 24 credits have been earned);
  • An official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended since high school;
  • A written essay (minimum of 250 words)
  • Art portfolio for all BFA applicants.

International Students

International students must submit all pertinent information to The Sage Colleges and meet the individual admissions criteria established for that program. Contact the Office of Admission for more information ( Applicants will complete the following steps:

  • Submit a completed application (online or Common Application)
  • Submit high school/secondary school records (translated to English, if necessary)
  • Submit official documentation (transcripts and/or leaving certificate) from the secondary schools and all universities or colleges the student attended should be sent directly from the institution (s) to the Office of Admission.  All applicants must submit proof of graduation from their secondary school.
    • Certified translations must be provided for documents supplied in a language other than English.
    • All transcripts submitted become the property of Sage and will not be returned to the applicant.  Course Descriptions  must be provided in addition to any university or college transcripts (in English). 
    • A certified course-by-course evaluation of foreign credentials is required. Applicants may use any of the following evaluation services: World Education Services (WES), Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE), AACRAO, or International Educators Research Foundation, Inc.
  • Submit a completed Student Financial Statement (undergraduate or graduate) with other application materials. The Student Financial Statement, along with supporting bank documents, and the acceptance and enrollment deposit, are required before The Sage Colleges can issue the I-20 form necessary to secure a student visa. Note: Financial assistance is not available to international students.
  • If native language is not English; submit one of the following:
    • Results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of 80 or higher on the TOEFL iBT is recommended.
    • Results from the SAT Reading & Writing. A score of 530 or higher is recommended.
    • A transcript from an English Language School (ELS) documenting fluency.

Admission Options for First Year Students

Regular Admission

Applications are processed on a rolling basis each year and continuing through the following summer. Admission decisions for regular decision applicants will be communicated after March 1st. Any applications completed after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Application and supporting materials should be submitted by August 1 for fall term and December 15 for the spring term. Students are welcome to begin their studies at The Sage Colleges in either fall or spring terms.

The Sage Colleges subscribes to the Candidate’s Common Reply Date and accepted first-year students are required to notify the college of their decision to attend by submitting the appropriate enrollment deposit, postmarked on or before May 1.

Accepted candidates who matriculate must have their secondary school send the official end-of-year transcript indicating graduation date and final grades received. If the end-of-year credentials are not commensurate with those on which the original decision was based, the college reserves the right to review the original decision.

Early Action

Applicants who have carefully considered their educational opportunities for college and would like to have their admission decisions early may choose to apply under the Early Action Plan. The application deadline for consideration under the Early Action Plan is as follows: Early Action I-December 1, with notification by December 15; and Early Action II-February 1 with notification by March 1. Those offered admission are able to start the application process for scholarships and financial assistance earlier than other applicants.

Early Admission

Academically advanced students who have completed their junior year of high school and meet criteria for admission may be able to earn their first year of college credit while simultaneously completing their senior year of high school. Written approval of their high school counselor or principal is required. Early admission candidates are required to have an interview with the Director of Admission and follow the application procedures described above. Students without a high school diploma are not eligible for state and federal financial aid.

Nursing Applicants

Nursing applicants who have completed programs outside of the United States or Canada must take the Commission on Graduate and Foreign Nursing Schools examination. Information is available from the Director, Credential Services, Commission of Graduate and Foreign Nursing Schools, 3600 Market St., Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651.

Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law requires that individuals born after December 31, 1956, provide evidence of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Compliance forms are provided with admission materials and must be submitted prior to class registration by each student enrolled for 6 credits or more in a semester. Students in nursing and other health professional programs have additional requirements which are available from the appropriate academic department.


Former matriculated students who have been away from Sage (one or more terms for students) without an approved leave of absence must contact the Office of Admission, 518-292-1730 | 518-244-2217, for readmission/re-enrollment application procedures. If any post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) were attended while the student was away from The Sage Colleges, official transcripts must be forwarded to the Office of Student Services Office. Upon reenrolling, students are newly matriculated under the current catalog in effect at the time of reenrollment.

Fresh Start Program

A student who is seeking readmission to Sage College of Albany or Russell Sage College and has not attended any of The Sage Colleges in four or more years may choose to have all Sage coursework (from the prior attendance) be exempt from the calculation of the grade point average. In choosing this option, the student would receive credit for courses in which a grade of “C-” or better was earned; the grades however, would not be included in the computation of the grade point average (GPA). In effect, students electing the Fresh Start policy will have old coursework treated as transfer credit in the calculation of credit for courses, GPA, and the determination of eligibility for honors in the respective colleges. The decision to declare a “Fresh Start” must be communicated to the Registrar upon the recommendation of the Office of Academic Advising by the end of the student’s first semester of re-enrollment and can be claimed no more than once in a student’s career at The Sage Colleges. All original grades earned (including those below a C-), remain on the student’s transcript for record-keeping purposes, though they are not computed into the student’s grade point average.

Per the federal financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy original grades and credits will be used to determine financial aid eligibility.

Students Moving Between The Sage Colleges (internal transfer)

Current matriculated undergraduate Sage students in good academic standing wishing to pursue a degree through another undergraduate college within Sage must apply for “internal transfer” prior to completion of 90 total credits. Eligibility criteria for admission vary by academic program. Students must submit an admission application (online) to the College of choice indicating desired term of internal transfer and major program.

Internal transfer students are newly matriculated under the Catalog in effect of the approved term of transfer. Students are encouraged to consult with the Advising offices to evaluate program eligibility, current credit standing, and new degree requirements.

Information on specific admission requirements including application deadlines and financial aid is available from the Office of Admission.  Students should contact the Office of Admission at the College they plan to attend.