Why Transfer to Russell Sage College?

We’ll take your credits: Transfer up to 75 credits.

Guaranteed scholarships: Merit scholarships start at $18,500 per year guaranteed for up to three years with more aid available based on financial need or other factors.

Professors love to talk to prospective transfer students: Want to dive deeper into the curriculum or get to know the faculty before you decide? We can connect you with our professors during the admissions process.

Want to live on campus (or at least eat there)? No housing waiting lists here. And we consider commuter students in our meal plans so you can grab a bite to eat before classes without having to buy a large plan.

We have a top nursing program: With more than 100 years of history, a state-of-the-art simulation lab, and a special partnership with Albany Med Health System, there’s a reason our name is synonymous with nursing. And unlike many other colleges and universities, we’re transfer friendly for nursing students with a GPA requirement of 3.0.

Your experience counts: We recognize students come to us with employment, military, community service, or personal life experience that has given them expertise in certain areas. We offer the opportunity for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) if students demonstrate college-level learning through a written portfolio.

Outstanding master’s degree programs: Transfer here and stay here for any of our two dozen graduate degree programs, which are competitively priced – even with public universities. You might even be able to start some of those courses while finishing your bachelor’s degree.

Apply Today!

Apply for Free with the Common Application or the Russell Sage College Online Application.

Application Requirements for Transfer Students

  1. Application submitted via our online application or the Common App
  2. Official college transcripts for all schools attended
  3. Personal statement or essay
  4. Letter of recommendation*A portfolio review or audition is required for the Visual Arts and Performing Arts programs

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have enrolled at a college, community college, or university AFTER completing high school, home school, or your GED, then you are a transfer student!  Have a unique story and still aren’t sure?  Email us at [email protected]u, and we can chat further. 

  • High school students who already know they’ll be enrolling at a community college before applying to Sage. It’s never too early to reach out, and we can help make sure you’re on the right path with your community college curriculum.
  • Community college students who are ready to take that step toward their bachelor’s degree. Some students have earned an associate degree and others haven’t. We’ll evaluate all of your courses either way!
  • Students at four-year colleges or universities who are looking for a change or different experience.
  • Students that previously started a degree but for various reasons couldn’t finish. We can help you get to that degree completion.

  • Transcripts from any college you attended must be submitted to Russell Sage.
  • Requesting transcripts from other colleges can be done through that college’s Registrar Office. Most transcripts can be sent electronically for the quickest service, but that can vary depending on the school. Paper hard-copy transcripts are also available.
  • Official transcripts must come directly from the College you requested them from. Please have the college direct them to the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Russell Sage. This is necessary regardless of the number of credits earned, even if the information appears on another institution’s transcript. Failure to report all previously attended colleges on the application will cause a delay in the application process.

Transfer Resources

With a Transferology account, you can compare courses from your current college with courses offered at Sage!  It’s free to create an account, and very user-friendly.  Don’t see your courses listed?  Don’t stress!  We’ll work with our faculty to see how your credits can come in.

Official final transcripts are needed for transfer credits to be uploaded to your Sage record. The transfer college Registrar’s office sends directly to Sage an official transcript. Send to (two options):

US Mail: Russell Sage College, Office of Admission, 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Email: Electronic transcripts may be emailed from the transfer college directly to Sage: [email protected]

Are you a current Russell Sage student looking to take a class elsewhere and transfer it back to Sage? Prior approval is required. See the Transfer Credit Permission Form (Registrar’s Office Google form) for more information.

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Transfer Admission Contact

Associate Director of Undergraduate Enrollment Management- Transfer