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The Office of Admission at Russell Sage College carefully reviews the admission information of each woman applicant to establish the best match between the individual and the College. A review of individual goals in light of the programs and services offered at Russell Sage, and the opportunity to experience the institutional environment first hand, typically provide adequate information to determine whether Russell Sage is the right educational fit. Each student must apply for admission and gain acceptance to Russell Sage College before additional credits may be taken.

Campus Visit

An interview in the Office of Admission, while not required, is strongly recommended. The personal interview can provide an opportunity for the candidate to present those aspects of her life experiences that add dimension to the standard admission criteria.

Personal interviews may be scheduled Monday through Friday, and select Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, write or email the office at the address below. Overnight visits are encouraged through our Overnight Program. This and all of our events can be found on our website at

Admission Materials, Information

Application materials and complete information regarding procedures and time-lines for those seeking admission as matriculated students are available from:

Russell Sage College
Office of Admission
45 Ferry St., Troy, NY 12180
(518) 244-2217
(518) 244-6880 fax
[email protected]

Criteria for Admission

Previous academic achievement, as well as standardized test scores are important predictors of success at Russell Sage College. First-year applicants to Russell Sage College must present a college preparatory high school record with at least 16 academic units – including four years in English and social studies, three in mathematics, three in lab science and two to three in foreign language. Some major fields, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy, have additional subject requirements, which are communicated during the application process.

Minimum high school grade point average (GPA) requirements will vary depending on the major field, but the overall GPA should be at least a “B.” School and community involvement, and recommendations from a guidance counselor and teacher, which address the academic potential of applicants, are also considered. A written personal statement is required of all first-year applicants to Russell Sage College.

Undergraduate transfer applicants to Russell Sage College must present a minimum overall college GPA of a “C+” (2.5 on a 4.0 system) and be in good academic standing at their most recent school attended. Some academic programs require a higher level of academic achievement, which is communicated during the application process.

First-Year (Freshman) Applicants for Undergraduate Admission: Russell Sage College applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • A completed application;
  • An official high school transcript (or GED diploma) including courses in progress and, if enrolled in New York State Regents courses, results from Regents examinations;a transcript from each post-secondary institution (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended;
  • A guidance counselor recommendation for those students still enrolled in high school (returning women may submit a letter of
  • character reference);
  • A teacher recommendation for those students still enrolled in high school;
  • Results from SAT I or ACT examinations (this requirement is optional for those applicants whose secondary school rank is in the top 20 percent of their graduating class). Students applying for the joint RSC/SGS undergraduate/graduate degree programs and any adult who is applying several years after high school graduation should consult with the Office of Admission regarding exceptions;
  • A personal statement on one of the topics listed on the application for admission.
  • Students seeking admission into Creative Arts in Therapy, Theatre or Musical Theatre must complete an audition or portfolio review.

Transfer Applicants for Undergraduate Admission: Those applying for admission to Russell Sage College who have attended at least one other college should submit the following materials:

  • A completed application;
  • An official high school transcript (or GED diploma) if fewer than 24 college credit hours have been earned;
  • An official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended;
  • SAT I or ACT results if fewer than 15 college credit hours have been earned;
  • A personal statement on one of the topics listed on the application for admission.
  • a personal recommendation from your college advisor or dean of students (Upton Scholars*  may submit a letter of character reference).

Note: Students applying in the Nursing program as a transfer students have specific deadlines. please view the website for these deadlines.

International Students: International students must submit all pertinent information to the Russell Sage College Office of Admission and meet the individual admission criteria established for that program. Applicants will complete the following steps:

  • Submit high school/secondary school records (translated to English, if necessary).
  • Submit official transcripts from each post-secondary institution (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended. If credit has been earned at institutions outside the United States, forward the official transcripts for evaluation (and translation if necessary) to World Education Services (WES). Application materials for this service are available from World Education Services, P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10013. Direction on whether WES evaluation is necessary can be secured from the Office of Admission.
  • Submit the appropriate Student Financial Statement with other application materials. The completed Student Financial
  • Statement, along with supporting bank documents, and 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. 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.
    • If native language is not English you can do one of the following
      • Submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)— the minimum score requirements are 550 (paper) or 213 (computerized) or 79 (Internet)
      • Submit results from the SAT I–minimum composite of 980
      • Submit a transcript from an English Language School (ELS) documenting fluency at Level 109 or above.

Note: Information regarding TOEFL and TSE dates and locations are available from the Educational Testing Service, Box 899-TOEFL, Princeton, NJ 08541.

Regular Admission

Applications are processed on a rolling basis beginning in November 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 in either fall or spring terms.

Russell Sage 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 College

A small group of academically advanced young women who are officially still at the high school level of their academic careers but are willing, ready, and able to tackle college level studies will be selected to participate in the Early College Program at Russell Sage. Students from traditional high school programs, as well as home-schooled students will be considered. For more information about this program, please contact the Office of Admission at (518) 244-2217 or at [email protected].