Russell Sage College

Curriculum Focus: Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, & Fine Arts

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Russell Sage College is a private women's college that is a part of The Sage Colleges and was founded in 1916 in Troy, New York by Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage.   The Sage Colleges also includes a coed college in Albany and three graduate schools.  Mrs. Sage was active in the women’s suffrage movement and founded the college to offer women the means of independence through the combination of broad education in the liberal arts with preparation for specific professional careers.

In 1972, The Sage Colleges partnered with the New York State Education Department and instituted Higher Education Opportunity Programs at Russell Sage College and the Sage College of Albany (then the Sage Junior College of Albany). Since that time, the Sage Colleges has maintained its commitment to HEOP and boast numerous graduates as a result.

  • Location: 150 miles north of New York City, west of Boston and east of Syracuse. 220 miles south of Montreal. 240 miles north of Philadelphia.
  • Troy: 40 buildings, 15-acre campus in historic downtown district
  • Albany: 15 buildings, 18-acre campus in University Heights neighborhood
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Russell Sage’s unique general education component Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing (WORLD) focuses on the experiences of women as learners and doers in a multicultural society. Co-curricular activities such as undergraduate research, internships, and service learning provide students with engaging opportunities to further enhance their education.


Esse Scire Facere (“To Be. To Know. To Do.”)

Student Diversity

  • 27% minority
  • 87% New York State (including 61% Capital Region)
  • 13% out of state

Between The Sage Colleges campuses there are more than 70 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorates; 8 entirely online

Several accredications are held by The Sage Colleges that include but are not limited to:

Average Class Size

18 students (12:1 student/faculty ratio)


15 men’s and women’s sports teams, NCAA Division III Skyline Conference

Russell Sage Values

  • Attention to the individual student’s growth
  • Strong, practical liberal arts & sciences foundation
  • Rigorous standards of achievement
  • Collaboration, teamwork, and leadership
  • Personal and social responsibility
  • Respect for, and engagement with, diverse peoples and perspectives
  • Active involvement in the community

Russell Sage Vision

Russell Sage College is recognized as one of the premiere women’s colleges in the country, distinctive for its reality-based education. Future-looking in its curriculum, Russell Sage graduates world-ready young women who are confident, articulate, and success-oriented.  Faithful to its original mission to prepare women to take their place in the world’s work, Russell Sage interprets that mission for the 21st century creating a living/learning community dedicated to the personal and intellectual growth of Women of Influence.

Application Deadlines for First-Year Students

Early Action I December 1
Early Action II February 1
Regular March 1
Rolling After March 1

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Russell Sage College

65 First Street

Troy, New York, 12180

HEOP Contact Information

Name: Helen Lettieri
Phone: 518.244.4664
Fax: 518.244.6880
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"The primary objective of The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is to help provide a broad range of services to the student, who because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college, yet has the potential and desire to obtain a college degree. HEOP is sponsored jointly by the State Education Department and the College."

"HEOP is funded jointly by the University and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and programming activities are supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Education Department."