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Center for Academic Advising and Career Planning

Center for Academic Advising and Career Planning

Academic Advisement
Troy: Hart Hall, Second Floor, 244-2272

I. Undergraduate Academic Advising

At Sage, each student is assigned a faculty advisor from her major whose role is to assist students in meeting their academic, career and personal goals. Careful and advance planning will ensure students’ academic and career needs are met.

Academic advisors can assist in guiding and refining students’ educational plans to reflect realistic and achievable objectives, help advisees understand College policies and refer students to campus support services.  In addition, advisors can provide students with opportunities that will strengthen their educational objectives and present information about related career fields. 

II. Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Advisor

1. I don’t understand my academic evaluation; can you help me? Why are there some courses required that have nothing to do with my major?

2. I am having a difficult time in this one course; where can I get help? Should I drop the course? What if I need it to graduate?

3. I have written down some courses I think I need to take next year; could you make sure they are what I need?

4. I am thinking about changing my major; who should I talk to?

5. I received an early warning in one or more of my classes, how serious is this and what are my options regarding academic support or dropping the course?

6. What are the important skills and abilities I need to be in this major? Career?

7. I will be pursuing another degree after I finish my current Sage degree. Will the courses I am taking now be helpful?

8. What type of work experiences or activities on campus do you recommend I pursue?

9. Can you explain these different categories or courses: humanities, social science, quatitative reasoning (math), natural science, and cross-cultural? Why do I need liberal arts courses?

10. How did you get into this field? Can you tell me more about your background?

III. Student Responsibilities

Advisors are a great resource, but ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that she is on track and progressing toward graduation.  Students have a duty to do the following.

1. Learn college policies and degree program requirements as outlined in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook.

2. Use your faculty advisor as an academic planning resource person; Discuss with your faculty advisor academic goals, plans and progress.

3. Keep personal academic records, review information in preparation for meeting with your faculty advisor.

4. Ensure that all degree program requirements, academic competencies, and necessary paperwork are completed.

5. Make your academic advising a priority; consult regularly with your faculty advisor and make note of important academic timelines.


Career Planning

RSC Career Planning

Troy: Hart Hall, Second Floor, 244-2272

Our programs and services are designed to help students see their Collegiate Career Development as a four year process, with key pieces intertwined throughout the curricular and extra-curricular pieces of their collegiate experience.  We do this by: 

·         Building Career Programming into the Founders curriculum and other RSC classes along all four years

·         Collaborating with local Non-Profit Organizations to offer students highly marketable PAID work-study positions through the Community Work Study program

·         Partnering with faculty and target student populations to help students discover, and market themselves for, opportunities of interest

Students are actively encouraged (and often required) to complete internships as part of their major.   We support and enhance these initiatives by coaching students in improving their resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills, and aid them in finding/securing opportunities of interest.  We also work directly with employers to sell them on the value of our students and maintain a job/internship database specific to Sage students. 

Services include:

·         Career counseling and assessment services (including the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator)

·         Hands on coaching services with job search techniques and necessities, including resume writing, cover letters, networking and interviewing

·         Mock Interviews with detailed feedback

·         Assistance in locating internships, volunteer and community service opportunities of interest

Wellness Center

Troy – First floor of Kellas Hall- 244-2261

The Wellness Centers provide information and assistance to students in improving all aspects of their personal wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and occupational. Resource materials are available in the Wellness Center on a wide range of emotional, physical and mental health issues. 

Health and Counseling Services assist students in reaching an optimal level of health and wellness by providing preventive, psychological and supportive services. Department personnel provide direct service and treatment to students and implement health and wellness promotion projects that empower students to increase their sense of well-being, satisfaction and self-esteem.

Counseling Services

Confidential, individual professional counseling is available regarding a wide range of personal issues and concerns. Professionals provide counseling by appointment. Consultation and referrals to off-campus professionals and agencies are also provided. The Troy Wellness Center provides services to all Sage students free of charge. To schedule an appointment or get more information on services or support groups, please call the center.

Sexual Assault Care Program (Rensselaer County Satellite Office) offered at Wellness Center

Services offered include:

24 hour hotline support and advocacy through medical, police, and court procedures, crisis intervention, and FREE and short-term counseling for victims of sexual assault, their families and friends

Services are available regardless of whether or not the crime was reported to police, regardless of when the assault occurred and speakers are available to address all age groups on topics related to sexual assault.


24 hour Crisis Hotline #271-3257


Health Services

Complete and current (within the last 12 months) medical histories and physicals are required of all full-time students who plan on using the Wellness Center at any point for their physical health needs.

Health services include a wide range of acute and preventive health care with a focus on womens health. The services are available to all full-time Russell Sage students. Other students seeking health care may be charged a minimal fee.

Nutritional Consultation

This service is provided by a graduate assistant in the Wellness Center who meets individually with students to offer advice, guidance and education about healthy eating and nutrition.

Immunization Requirements

Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must comply with New York State immunization requirements as a condition of enrollment. Forms and details are provided along with admission materials to new students, and are also available on the Wellness Center website. Immunization services are available to Sage students with applicable fees.

Health Insurance

All full-time Russell Sage students must provide documentation of health insurance or purchase health insurance at Student Services. See the Student Services section for complete details. RSC students can utilize the Wellness Centers regardless of what type of health insurance they have.