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About Russell Sage College


Russell Sage College
offers bachelor’s degrees in professional fields and liberal arts and sciences, such as, art & design, business, creative arts in therapy, criminal justice, education, health sciences, nursing, nutrition science, psychology, and theatre. More than 50 percent of graduates each year pursue advanced degrees, many through accelerated programs with Russell Sage College. Through its professional and continuing studies program, Russell Sage College offers a bachelor’s degree completion programs in business administration, nursing and psychology designed specifically for working adults.

Russell Sage College offers 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.

Mission and Purpose

The motto of Russell Sage College, “To Be, To Know, To Do,” informs the educational purpose 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.

Sage is a community of scholars committed to empowering students:

To Be: 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 Know: 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 Do: To translate learning into action and application, recognizing the obligation of educated persons to lead and to serve their communities.

The mission of Russell Sage College is to prepare students to participate fully and actively in the life and work of society. The College seeks to provide students of all ages and backgrounds with a strong vision of their own power and potential. The College’s commitment to integrating liberal and career-focused study reflects the fundamental belief that each complements the other. Through both its academic program and supportive environment, Russell Sage College creates an intellectually challenging and caring community to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential in an increasingly interdependent world.


Russell Sage College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267-284-5000) and is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. Programs registered (approved) by the New York State Education Department are listed on the Department’s Inventory of Registered Programs.

Individual programs are accredited by:

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600.

  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (ACOTE), 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, (301) 652-2682.

  • 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.

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC. (202) 887-6791.

  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215, (913) 631-3009.

  • Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), 595 New Loudon Road #265, Latham, NY 12110 (518) 764-7581.

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, (703) 437-0700.

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP), 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20036-1023, (202) 466-7496.

Organizations and Affiliations

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities, AAC&U
  • American Council on Education, ACE
  • Capital Region Consortium (formerly known as, Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges & Universities)
  • Council of Independent College, CIC
  • Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities NY, CICU
  • The New American Colleges and Universitie, NACU
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, NAICU
  • Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities, OCICU

History of Russell Sage College

Founded by Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage and named for her husband, Russell Sage College is the outgrowth of the Emma Willard School, the oldest preparatory school for women in the United States. An 1847 graduate of Emma Willard, Mrs. Sage began a teaching career before marriage. In later life she became the custodian of a large fortune bequeathed by her financier husband and became America’s foremost woman philanthropist. When she was almost 88 years old, Mrs. Sage decided that the three original Willard School buildings in downtown Troy, N.Y. should be the nucleus of something “entirely different” from the preparatory school.

With Eliza Kellas, principal of Emma Willard, Mrs. Sage approved a blueprint for a curriculum that offered women students a new concept in American education: a combination of traditional liberal arts study with preparation for specific careers. Russell Sage College opened its doors in September 1916 as a “School of Practical Arts,” and students arrived from as far away as Oregon and Hawaii to enroll.

By the time of its first four-year graduation in 1920, its academic program was solidly established, and the extracurricular life on campus was lively, complete with student government, student publications, clubs, and social events. On December 29, 1927, the New York Board of Regents granted a new and separate charter for Russell Sage College, reaffirmed the status of Emma Willard as a secondary school, and approved the legal transfer of property to the college. During World War II an Emergency Men’s Division was created which later became a coeducational Albany Division established in 1949 to offer associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees to government workers and returning veterans.

Presidents of Russell Sage College

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-


Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of Russell Sage College 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 in 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. 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, Russell Sage College, Cowee Hall, 65 First Street, Troy, New York 12180. (518) 244-2391.




A Russell Sage Education

Russell Sage College is a distinctive academic community: a small, professionally oriented college, where individuals count and are consistently challenged to develop their strengths, self-confidence, and autonomy. Academic standards are high at Russell Sage, as students learn to think critically, make sound value judgments, and develop a love of learning that will be theirs for life. Study in both the professional and liberal arts provides excellent preparation for successful careers and contributive lives.

Sage students benefit from recent research. Students tend to do well in an environment valuing collaborative teaching and learning. Small classes and a college philosophy that emphasizes active learning and discussion foster such an environment here.

Interdisciplinary core courses required as part of the comprehensive general education program assist students in gaining an understanding of the status, conditions, and contributions of women around the world. Courses enable students to see themselves as potential agents for change, whether locally or globally, in the world beyond Sage.

Highly credentialed, talented, and caring faculty members are teachers first and foremost, but they are also authors, researchers, and leaders in their fields of study and practice. They encourage, challenge, and support students and provide programs of study that systematically connect the classroom to the world beyond the campus.

College programs have reflected the RSC motto, “To Be, To Know, To Do,” since the college’s inception in 1916. Knowledge becomes valuable as it becomes action; RSC stresses the importance of practical experiences as a crucial component of the learning process. Russell Sage offers internships at more than 900 locations in New York and New England, with internship opportunities also available overseas. Sage students learn and work in hospitals, social service agencies, laboratories, courtrooms, museums, and art centers, as well as for newspapers, department stores, the New York State Legislature, state agencies, television and radio stations, banks, law enforcement agencies, schools, and halfway houses. Many students also collaborate with professors on original research. Some students present the results of their research at national meetings or publish in refereed journals.

Another hallmark of Russell Sage is the strong connection between undergraduate and graduate study. Several programs, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing, offer accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s or bachelor’s to doctorate options. Any student at Russell Sage with an academic record that qualifies her for graduate entry may develop an individualized plan to combine undergraduate and graduate degrees. Russell Sage also offers joint degrees with other institutions, including a 3-3 program with Albany Law School.

History of Sage College of Albany, 1949-2020

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 (now called Schol of Professional & Continuing Education, SPCE) 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 offers many innovative and interdisciplinary degree programs, retaining its historic prominence in art and design, and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, SPCE, 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.