Applying for Admission

Application Deadlines

First Year Students

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

Transfer Students

Applicants for all majors, except nursing, are evaluated on a rolling basis. Transfer credit evaluations will be sent after a student is accepted.

A Priority Deadline for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy follows the same timeline as Nursing

Nursing Deadline [Fall] March 1st
Nursing Deadline [Spring] October 1st


Required First-Year Admission Materials

  • An application -- Apply Online Now! or Apply Online Using the Common App Now!
  • Official high school transcript -- a strong academic curriculum is required for admission to Sage. Honors and AP coursework is recommended.  Please note that some programs such as Nursing, Accelerated DPT and OT, Accelerated Law programs and Math/Engineering required a higher GPA.  Please contact the Office of Admission for more information. For home schooled candidates, a record of secondary level IHIPS, including an assessment from the home educator, should be submitted.
  • A personal essay -- Any topic that will provide insight into an your personality, traits, or overall background. The goal of the personal essay is for Sage to learn about you in a more subjective manner than provided for by other requirements submitted in the application process. No matter what you choose for your topic, be sure that your essay tells us more about you.
  • Guidance counselor & teacher recommendations
  • Portfolio review or audition (visual & performing arts applicants) 
  • Students who have taken Advanced Placement  or International Baccalaureate courses can click here for Russell Sage College and here for Sage College of Albany to see the test score requirements and course equivalents.

 The Sage Colleges takes a holistic approach when evaluating an applicant’s materials.  Students are required to submit specific documentation, but are encouraged to share additional information that may be relevant to their application.

*Submission of standardized test scores is optional with the exception of linked programs to non-Sage Graduate schools.  Please review the Test-Optional FAQ's