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The Office of Admission 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:

Russell Sage College
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)
  • Optional: 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 Russell Sage College 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.

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.

Admission Options

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 Russell Sage College in either fall or spring terms.

Russell Sage College 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 for First Year Freshman Students

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 for First Year Freshman Students

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.

Deferred Admission

Offers of admission can be deferred for one calendar year if circumstances cause students to delay the start of their studies at Russell Sage College. Students desiring to defer their admission must notify the appropriate Office of Admission by August 1 or January 1. Attendance at any other post-secondary institution (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) during the deferral period cancels the deferment and requires that students submit a new application and official college transcripts. 

Transfer Credits

The Registrar’s Office evaluates credit earned at regionally accredited institutions and per departmental guidelines. To be eligible for credit consideration, final official sealed transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended must be submitted. Awarding of transfer credit is on a course-by-course equivalence basis for all coursework in which grades of “C-” or above have been earned.

Transfer credit is only granted for credits that will apply to the student’s current degree program. If a student changes their major after initial matriculation, they should contact the Advising Office to determine if there needs to be a change in the amount of transfer credit that applies toward the degree. Please note that course grades from other institutions do not transfer, only credits do.

Sage has established transfer agreements and transfer course equivalencies with many colleges. New schools, programs and additional courses are always being added. Contact the Registrar’s Office or Advising Office for a more comprehensive list of all transfer courses accepted to date.

A maximum of 75 transfer credits (90 credits for SPCE students) are applicable toward a baccalaureate degree at the College, with these conditions:

  • Final transcripts from accredited institutions (official and sealed) are required
  • Course grades of “C-” or above is required
  • Of the total 75 transfer credits permitted, a maximum of 66 credits may be from 2-year level colleges or by examinations
  • Students must complete at least half their major credits at Sage
  • Students must complete at at least 45 credit hours in residence at Sage.
  • Thirty of the last 45 credit hours must be completed in residence.

Program directors and department chairs have final authority on the awarding of transfer credits for coursework transferring in through their departments. Transfer credits from subject areas that are not offered at Sage may be evaluated by the appropriate College Dean’s office. In some cases, students may be asked to submit a course description and/or course syllabus to evaluate the Sage equivalency for the credit.

Advanced Placement (AP Credit)

Russell Sage College recognize achievements of secondary students who participate in the Advanced Placement Program (APP) of The College Board. Generally, scores of 3, 4, and 5 on AP examinations will result in credit hours and/or advanced placement. Academic departments and the registrar administer specific AP policies. A chart is available in the Academic Policies - Credits section of the Catalog that outlines the specific score requirements needed to earn credit. Note: credits earned through AP coursework transfers into Sage as credits from a 2-year school. See Academic Policy: Credit for more information.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit and/or placement is possible for qualifying scores from the College Level Examination Program. At Sage, up to 66 credit hours may be received for students entering bachelor’s programs. Normally, credit is awarded for acceptable scores in subject examinations and is applied to general education and elective requirements. A chart is available in the Academic Policies - Credits section of the Catalog that outlines the specific score requirements needed to earn credit. Note that credits earned through CLEP exams transfers into Sage as credits from a 2-year school. See Academic Policy: Credit for more information.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate diplomas will generally be treated as certificates for advanced placement and/or transfer credit, with final determination made by the individual academic program. A chart is available in the Academic Policies- Credits section of the Catalog that outlines the specific score requirements needed to earn credit at Russell Sage College. Note that credits earned through IB coursework transfers into Sage as credits from a 2-year school.

Excelsior College Exams

Credits from this program (UExcel Credits by Exam), sponsored by Excelsior College, are available in the same manner as for CLEP for lower level exams. The maximum of 66 credits hours toward bachelor’s degrees are aggregates for a combination Excelsior College Examinations (lower level), AP, CLEP, IB, and any other credit from a 2-year school.

Non-Accredited Institutions

Students transferring from non-accredited schools may petition for credit evaluation after they have attended Sage for two consecutive semesters and earned a minimum 2.000 cumulative grade point average (2.200 in the major field). Students who have achieved a minimum 2.500 cumulative grade point average (4.000 system) for work done at a proprietary school accredited by the former Association of Independent Colleges and Schools may petition for transfer credit according to two-year college guidelines. Most credit awarded will be applicable to electives and general education requirements, with decisions on major field credit resting with the academic department.

Armed Services Training

Training on military installations may lead to credit awarded on the basis of guidelines from the “Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.”

Non-Collegiate Programs

Credit may be available for courses sponsored by organizations which are recommended in “The Directory of The National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction” of The University of the State of New York. See CCRS for more information,

Transfer of Credit after Matriculation

An undergraduate student who intends to transfer credit from another institution after matriculation at Sage must file with the Registrar a statement of approval for the course to be taken, signed by the major advisor. No credit will be transferred without prior approval, nor will credit transfer for coursework with a grade below a “C-”. Course grades from other institutions do not transfer; only credits do. Transfer credit approval forms are available in the Office of Student Services.

Before registering elsewhere to take a required course normally offered at Sage, the student must obtain consent of their academic advisor(s) and verification of course equivalence from the coordinator of the program in which the course would be offered at Sage.

Before registering elsewhere to take a required course that is normally offered at Sage, the student must obtain consent of her academic advisor(s) and verification of course equivalence from the coordinator of the program in which the course would be offered at Sage.


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 Russell Sage College, 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 Russell Sage College and has not attended Sage 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 Russell Sage College. 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. Upon reenrolling, students are newly matriculated under the current catalog in effect at the time of reenrollment. Note: per the federal financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy original grades and credits will be used to determine financial aid eligibility.