Fast Facts About The Sage Colleges

Founded:  1916 in Troy, NY by Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage 

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

Degree programs: More than 70 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorates; 8 entirely online 

Average class size: 18 students (12:1 student/faculty ratio) 

Student diversity: 27% minority 

Student Geography:  87% New York State (including 40% Capital Region)/13% out of state

Total employees: 428 (including 160 full-time faculty) 

Total living alumni:  37,000 (including 16,400 Russell Sage graduates) 

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

Mascot: Sage Gator

Accreditations and Affiliations


  • Albany: 15 buildings, 18-acre campus in University Heights neighborhood
  • Troy: 40 buildings, 15-acre campus in historic downtown district

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.

Total Enrollment2,885 students (Fall 2014)

  • Russell Sage College: 849 students
  • Sage College of Albany: 667 students
  • Sage Graduate Schools: 1,175 student  
  • Esteves School of Education: 377 students
  • School of Health Sciences: 631 students  
  • School of Management:  131 students
  • School of Professional and Continuing Education: 194 students 

Enrollment Growth (2010-2014)

  • Undergraduate applications increased by 68%
  • All undergraduate enrollment increased by 3%
  • New graduate student credit hours increased by 9%

2014-2015 Highlights 


Sage conferred nearly 800 degrees at Commencement 2015, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates

The Commencement Address was delivered by Russell Sage alumna Nancy Mueller ‘65, former research chemist, entrepreneur and business owner, and philanthropist

Honorary degrees were awarded to:

  • Nancy Mueller, Doctor of Arts and Letters
  • Madeline Kennedy, former clinical professor of nursing at Sage diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), now research ambassador with the Northeast ALS Consortium; Doctor of Public Service.
  • David Alan Miller, Grammy Award-winning conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra; Doctor of Humane Letters

Deborah Lawrence, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of Russell Sage College. Lawrence, a 1988 graduate of Russell Sage College and faculty since 1994, will replace Donna Heald, Ph.D., who is moving into the role of Associate Provost of The Sage Colleges.

Theresa Hand, Chair and Program Director of Sage's Occupational Therapy program, has been appointed Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

Sage was recognized as a “New York College of Distinction” for the third year in a row. “Colleges of Distinction” is a guide that recognizes colleges that excel in teaching quality, campus atmosphere and graduate success.

The School of Management earned accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Educators, which adds value to the degree for current students and alumni.

  • This fall, the School of Management is offering MBA classes at an extension site at the Malta Tech Park in Saratoga County – we call it “Sage in Saratoga.”

The School of Professional & Continuing Education rolled out eight completely online programs this year offered through the newly-dubbed Russell Sage Online:

  • BS in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • BS in Information Technology and Cybersecurity
  • MS in Applied Nutrition
  • MS in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism
  • MS in Health Services Administration
  • MS in Organization Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

New Art + Design Technology Center in Albany combines a Mac lab with heavy equipment like a 3D printer, laser cutter and large format printer, for use by students and faculty in the arts.

New M&T Bank Market Trading Simulation Room will open on the Albany campus this fall.

Hannaford Charitable Foundation is establishing The Center for Nutrition Assessment and Research to open next year on the Troy campus. 

Global Connections

 Students at Sage from Afghanistan, China, Dubai, Greece, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Thailand

Professor Dorothy Matthews was awarded a Fulbright Scholar award to conduct research at the University of Botswana in Southern Africa


Stephen Leibo addressed a multinational group of university-level scholars and educators during the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Institute at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

David Salomon attended the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference at the NYT headquarters in New York City.

Kathleen Kelly, Ph.D., MPH, MS, FNP, director of the Doctor of Nursing Science program, was a finalist in the Times Union Capital Region Nurses of the Year recognition event.

Sage adjunct professor and alumna Nicole Holehan, who earned her MS in Health Education in 2006 and is a health teacher for Shenendehowa Central Schools, was presented with the 2014 Health Education Teacher of the Year Award by The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD). 

Arts and Culture

The Opalka Gallery hosted the first retrospective of artist Mike Glier’s work, and the 37th Annual Photography Regional in the spring as well as a robust Film Series throughout the academic year.

The Theatre Institute at Sage presented Spring Awakening, the 2006 Tony Award-winning alternative rock musical about teens discovering their sexuality; and in conjunction with the wrap-up to the grade-school year, Honk! The Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling.

Award-winning poet and author Marilyn Chin returned to Russell Sage as the 2015 Carol Ann Donahue Poet. Chin is a prominent Chinese American author and activist and her poetry is taught in classrooms internationally.

The Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design co-sponsored a robust Artist Lecture Series in academic year ’14-‘15, bringing a variety of professional artists to the Albany campus.

Choral groups: The Sagettes (student a cappella group) and Sage/community choir The Sage Singers. 

Physical Plant

The Russell Sage library received a generous bequest from former student Lucile Rosenfeld Shea that led to a major renovation, transforming the space into a cutting-edge learning facility, The Shea Learning Center. It houses the library, temperature-controlled archives and special collections a poetry room, writing studio, study and seminar rooms, computer labs, and social/ common areas.

Five hundred seats were donated and installed in the Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater in Troy.

The heavily used Opalka Gallery lobby received updated vinyl tile flooring.

Gretchen’s Garden, dedicated last fall in memory of Gretchen Alberty Schindler, RSC '55, is a beautiful addition to the plaza in Troy. It mirrors Avery's Garden, dedicated in 2013, a gift from Gini Kurtz Stowe RSC '65 in celebration of her granddaughter Avery.

Dedicated the Esteves Science Hall in Albany, which houses renovated science labs and facilities.

Dedicated the Tribute Garden, a beautiful garden space on the Troy campus designed to honor or memorialize friends and loved ones. 

Gifts That Make The Difference

Sage’s annual fund, the Sage Fund for Excellence, surpassed $1 million for the 5th consecutive year.

Sage embarked on an ambitious $50 million capital campaign in anticipation of the Centennial in 2016. To date, more than $44 million has been raised.

Russell Sage and Sage College of Albany student governments contributed $25,000 each to the Centennial Campaign for scholarships and campus improvements

This academic year, 45 Capital Region businesses provided 90 scholarships to seniors at Sage through the Corporate Connections program.