Campus Offices & Resources - Section 4

Office of Academic Advising 

Office of Academic Advising 

Albany: Library, Third Floor, (518) 292-1719 |

Undergraduate Academic Advising

Sage College of Albany provides academic and course planning assistance to students through a faculty-based advising system. Students work closely with faculty advisors to create an academic plan to ensure that their educational and career goals are met.  Faculty advisors are experienced in assisting students with academic decisions, support services, internships and career decision-making. The Office of Academic Advising provides support and information to students and faculty advisors about academic policies, procedures, course planning, timelines/deadlines and programs of study.

At Sage, each student is assigned upon admission a faculty advisor from his/her major department. Careful and advance planning will ensure students’ progress toward degree completion (graduation) is achieved.

I. Role of Faculty Advisor

1. Assist students with understanding degree requirements and proactive course planning that reflects realistic and achievable objectives.

2. Help his/her advisee understand College policies and procedures.

3. Explain options and encourage use of campus/support services.

4. Provide students with opportunities that will strengthen their educational objectives.

5. Present information about related career fields.

II. Student Responsibilities

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

2. Discuss with your faculty advisor your academic goals, plans and progress.

3. Review academic information and course schedule in SageAdvisor in preparation for meeting with your faculty advisor.

4. Ensure that all degree requirements and necessary paperwork are completed.

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


Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Advisor

1. I don’t understand my academic evaluation report; can you help me?

2. I am having a difficult time in an course; where can I get help? Should I withdraw from the course? Will withdrawing from this course affect my graduation date or my financial aid/college loans?

3. I have written down some courses I think I need to take next term; could you make sure they are what I need?  Will I be able to handle taking these courses in the same term?

4. I am interested in an internship. When I am eligible? How do I find an approved internship site?
5. My mid-term or six-week grades are poor; how serious is this?  What do you recommend?

6. What are the important skills and abilities I need to be in this major or career field? Will the courses I am taking now be helpful?

7. I will be further my studies after I finish my Sage degree. Could you recommend programs or schools that I should apply to?

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

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

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


Career Planning

Albany: Library, Third Floor, 292-1793

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 iThink curriculum and other SCA 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 usually 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

·         Taped Mock Interviews and detailed feedback

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

Wellness Centers

Albany: Wellness Center, Kahl Campus Center, Lower Level, 292-1917

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 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. On both campuses, professionals provide counseling by appointment and through support groups. Consultation and referrals to off-campus professionals and agencies are also provided. The Albany 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.

Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center

Services offered include:


24 hour hotline counseling and support, personal advocacy through medical, police, and court procedures, crisis intervention, and FREE and confidential 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 prevention education programs are available to address all age groups on topics related to sexual assault.



24 hour Sexual Assault Hotline #447-7716


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 for both men and women. The services are available to all full-time SCA 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 SCA students must provide documentation of health insurance or purchase health insurance at Student Services. See the Student Services section for complete details. SCA students can utilize the Wellness Centers regardless of what type of health insurance they have.