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About the Sage Colleges


An 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; at Hudson Valley Community College with a joint degree program in physical education; 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 business, communications, creative arts in therapy, criminal justice, 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 professional bachelor’s degrees in a flexible structure that allows students to tailor educational plans to match their individual career goals. Areas of specialty include art and design, computing technologies, communications, business, and legal studies. Interdisciplinary programs include applied biology, creative studies, and information design. The innovative iThink curriculum engages all students in problem-based learning and prepares them for the contemporary workplace. Through its Sage After Work program, 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-


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)

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.