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Sage College of Albany’s Sage After Work program welcomes men and women of all ages who have the maturity, determination, and intellectual curiosity to perform in an environment that supports working adults. Application deadlines are liberal and applications are reviewed on an individual basis. The academic programs are designed for students who wish to complete their baccalaureate degree and already have a substantial amount of college credit and/or life experience that is college credit equivalent.

Students are admitted to Sage After Work after an evaluation of the appropriateness and amount of transferable credit and work experiences. Generally, students are expected to have about 40 college credits (or equivalent) before acceptance into the program.  Acceptance letters are processed on a rolling basis after the application for degree-seeking status and supporting materials are received and evaluated. Students may register for up to nine credits prior to applying for admission.

Contact Sage After Work:

Application materials and complete information regarding the available academic programs, procedures and timelines for those seeking admission as matriculated students are available from:

Sage After Work
Office of Admission
140 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 292-8615 | Fax: (518) 292-1912
[email protected]

Students must submit:

  • A completed Application (online);
  • An official transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended since high school;
  • A career goals essay;
  • A copy of a valid nursing license (RN) should be provided by applicants to the Nursing Program.

Transferring to Sage

Sage is committed to help transfer students bring in a maximum number of credits and make the transfer process seamless. Sage has established transfer agreements with many area colleges. New schools and additional programs are always being added to the growing list of transfer articulation agreements. See the full list at:

For further information about transferring to Sage, contact Richard Naylor, Director of Articulation Programs at (518) 292-1752 or [email protected].

Transfer Credit Policies

The Office of Student Services evaluates credit earned at other accredited institutions soon after admission. To be eligible for credit consideration at The Sage Colleges, final official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended must be received before students have completed their first semester. Up to 9 credit hours may be awarded for courses that are not comparable to courses offered at The Sage Colleges. Specific policies and credit limits regarding transfer work from all sources are as follows:

Students entering Sage After Work may transfer up to 90 credit hours toward the bachelor’s degree. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence. Of the 90 transfer credits allowed, up to a total of 66 credits, with a grade of C- or better, earned at a two-year college regardless of whether an associate degree was awarded may be accepted.

Credit for Prior Learning

Baccalaureate students at least 25 years of age may be eligible to receive credit for a variety of prior college-level learning through such activities as community service, military or employer-sponsored training, work experiences, or self development. Students must complete one course from The Sage Colleges to participate in this option. Consult the Academic Information and Policies section of the catalog for information on Credit for Prior Learning.

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.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit and/or placement is possible for qualifying scores from the College Level Examination Program. At Sage College of Albany, up to 66 credit hours may be received for students entering Bachelor’s programs.  Credit is awarded for acceptable scores in approved examinations.

Excelsior College Examinations (ECE formally CPE)

Credits from this program, sponsored by Excelsior College, are available in the same manner as for CLEP. The maximum of 66 credits hours toward bachelor’s degrees are aggregates for a combination Excelsior College Examinations and CLEP.

Accredited Proprietary Schools

Students who have achieved a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (4.0 system) for work done at a proprietary school accredited by the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools can 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.

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 2.0 cumulative grade point average (2.2 in the major field).

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.

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.

Students Moving Between The Sage Colleges

Continuing students should contact the Office of Admission at the College they plan to attend. For Russell Sage College, call (518) 244-2217; Sage Graduate School, call (518) 244-6878; Sage College of Albany, call (518) 292-1730.

Note: Some academic programs have specific requirements for continuation of study. Information on any such requirements is available from the Office of Admission.

Former Students Seeking to Return to The Sage Colleges

Matriculated students who have been away from The Sage Colleges (leave of absence, withdrawal or suspension) should contact the Sage After Work Office of Admission to confirm what return procedures and policies apply. A readmission application and interview may be required. If any post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) were attended while away from The Sage Colleges, official transcripts must be forwarded to the Office of Admission.

Fresh Start

A student who is seeking readmission to Sage College of Albany and has not attended any of The Sage Colleges 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 Office of Admission at the time of re-enrollment and can be claimed no more than once in a student’s career at The Sage Colleges. 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.