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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
65 First Street., 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 (Online or Common 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;
  • Submission of standardized test scores are optional (unless required for admission to an externally-linked institution);
  • 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 (onine or Common 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;
  • 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:


  • Completed Application (online or Common Application);
  • Academic Credentials. 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. If the original documentation cannot be obtained, copies certified by a Notary Public or an appropriate school or government official must be submitted. 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. Please note that all transcripts submitted become the property of Sage and will not be returned to the applicant. Course Descriptions (in English) must be provided in addition to any university or college transcripts. Please note: In some cases, certified course-by-course evaluations of foreign credentials might be requested of applicants. You may use any of the following Evaluation Services: World Education Services (WES):; Education Credentials Evaluators:; AACRAO:; International Educators Research Foundation, Inc:;
  • Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation are required from a counselor and/or teacher at the secondary school level. Transfer applicants should submit a recommendation from a professor at the university they most recently attended.
  • Proof of English Proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency. The following tests are acceptable: Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 550 (paper),computerized score of 213 or internet based score of 79; Results from the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of a 6.5;  Results from iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency) with a minimum score of 5;  Applicants can also submit SAT I results in lieu of the above tests with a minimum composite score of 980 (minimum 500 verbal), or a transcript from the English Language School (ELS) documenting fluency at level 109 or above. Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.
  • Proof of Financial Support. Applications must complete the Sage International Financial Statement to verify that the applicant has access to sufficient financial resources to attend the College. This form, along with supporting bank documents, acceptance and enrollment deposit must be submitted before Sage can issue the I-20 form necessary to secure a student visa. Financial assistance is not available to international students.

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].