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Academic Services

Academic Advising

Russell Sage College provides academic and course planning assistance to students through a faculty-based advising system. Students work closely with faculty advisors to create an educational plan to ensure that their individual academic and career goals and needs are met. Faculty advisors are experienced in assiting students with academic decisions, support services, internships, and career decison-making. The Office of Academic Advising provides support and information to students and faculty advisors about academic policies, procedures, course planning, timelines/deadlines and programs of study. 

Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Centers are committed to helping undergraduate students develop the skills they need to become independent and successful learners. The Centers on both campuses offer individual consultations with academic support staff, tutoring, writing specialists, and workshops on test preparation, time management, and other study skills.

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program at Sage is a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education to support talented underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and licensed health professional careers. CSTEP offers academic workshops and seminars, academic support and enrichment, career planning workshops, support in finding research or internship experience in STEM content areas, and numerous other opportunities critical to student success.

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is designed to provide comprehensive support services to talented and motivated students who, despite academic and economic disadvantages in their backgrounds, have the potential to earn a Sage degree. Our program includes a summer institute (prior to the first year of study - required for all students in the HEOP program who enter as first year students), as well as academics assessments and study skills workshops, tutorial services, financial support and counseling for academic, social, career, and personal concerns. The HEOP program is located in the third floor of the Shea Learning Center in Troy and the third floor of the library at Albany.

To apply for the HEOP program, students must be residents of New York state; possess a New York state high school diploma or equivalent; and meet academic and financial criteria set by the College and the New York State Education Department. Transfer students can also take advantage of the HEOP program at Sage if they have previously been enrolled in an approved HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery Program.


Libraries on both the Albany and Troy campuses serve all students. The collections, hours, services and policies reflect usage by adiverse student body of full-and part-time students enrolled in a range of programs from associate through doctoral degree levels. (

The two Libraries’ combined holdings include more than 225,000 volumes of books, serials and microforms, and more than 30,000 media items. Electronic resources, which are available to both on-campus and off-campus users, include nearly 40,000 unique journal titles and some 10,000 multidisciplinary e-books and subject-specific reference resources. Specialized resources such as a digital library of 700,000 images in art, architecture, humanities and social sciences are also available. Other collections include the College Archives and Special Collections, the Helen L. Verschoor Fine Arts Collection (Albany), and the Carol Ann Donohue Memorial Collection of 20th century English language poetry (Troy).

The Libraries actively collect materials to support all programs and maintain particular strengths in women’s studies, fine art, nursing and allied health, education, and physical and occupational therapy. Direct loan of library materials is available to students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and retirees, and to holders of valid library cards issued by the Capital District Library Council’s Direct Access Program. Sage Libraries are active in regional and national library resource-sharing networks, thereby expanding materials available to students and faculty working in virtually any discipline. Interlibrary loan traffic flows electronically through Sage’s ILLiad system, dramatically shrinking turnaround.

The Libraries on both campus are fully wireless and equipped with networked computer stations, providing access to various online library catalogs, an array of research databases, as well as to the Internet. Online databases are accessible from on- and off-campus locations 24 hours a day. Librarians are available whenever the Library is open (at the reference desk or through phone, e-mail or live “chat”) to answer questions and provide assistance in the use of the varied information resources and services.

Individual and group library orientations are arranged through the reference librarians. Information literacy sessions, tailored to specific disciplines, are available either in-class or in the Libraries. Faculty may schedule these specialized classes with the librarian who serves as the liaison to their department.

For complete details on the services and resources of the Libraries, visit the Libraries web page (