Why Russell Sage College

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Ranked in the top tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Russell Sage College encourages women to take risks, discover their strengths, and apply what they've learned.

Russell Sage College was founded in Troy in 1916 by suffragist Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage, with the guidance of Eliza Kellas, head of the college preparatory Emma Willard School (also located in Troy). Together they founded Russell Sage College as a school of practical arts, one of the very first institutions to offer women the means of economic and social independence through preparation for professional careers.

Unique at its founding, Russell Sage continues to offer a reality-based education for young women who want to be world-ready citizens and professionals. From traditional careers such as childhood education to cutting edge studies in nano-technology or entrepreneurship, Russell Sage focuses on the woman who wants to become a Woman of Influence.

  • Through the Russell Sage WORLD Program, you'll come to understand how women throughout history have struggled, adapted, changed, and flourished. This historical backdrop will lay the groundwork for your own self-discovery as a woman in today's world.
  • Sage's Early College program is one of only two in the country designed for early college entry by outstanding young women in high school.

Inspirational women of influence have studied at and visited Russell Sage College. As an RSC student, you'll learn by their courageous examples. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first person to receive an honorary degree from Sage; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has visited campus; writer Alice Walker is an honorary alumna as is computer pioneer Grace Hopper, and singer Marni Nixon conducted a master class on campus last year.

At Russell Sage, women of all ages and backgrounds can gain a strong vision of their own power and potential.

At Russell Sage College, everything is possible.