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The Office of Admission at Sage College of Albany 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:

Sage College of Albany
Office of Admission
140 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 292-1730
(518) 292-1912
[email protected]

First-year 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);
  • Art portfolio for all art applicants.
  • Submission of standardized tests is optional (unless required for admission to an externally-linked academic program)

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 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 art applicants.

International Students:

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

  • A 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 notethat 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 berequested 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 aprofessor 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 Statementto 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.


Former matriculated students who have been away from Sage (one or more terms for SCA students) must contact the Office of Admission, 518-292-1730, 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 The Sage Colleges, official transcripts must be forwarded to the 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 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.

Admission Plans for First Year 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 Sage College of Albany in either fall or spring terms.

Sage College of Albany 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 Admission

With the written approval of their high school counselor or principal, students who have completed their junior year and meet criteria for regular admission may be able to earn their first year of college credit while simultaneously completing their senior year of high school. Early admission candidates are required to have an interview with the Director of Admission and follow the application procedures described above.