Welcome New Undergraduate Students!

Arriving for Orientation is just the beginning of your Sage journey.

The mission of the Russell Sage College New Student Orientation program is to engage first-year and transfer students in meaningful experiences that allow you to successfully transition and become active members of the Russell Sage College community. Members of the Russell Sage Community across both campuses and from a variety of offices are already preparing for your arrival.

Russell Sage Next Steps Checklist

We are excited you are joining us this fall! Make sure to complete every item before the first day of classes on August 26. 

We send all notifications to your @sage.edu email, so please check it often. After you secured your deposit, you received an email from [email protected] with your Russell Sage credentials (similar to the email you received when you were accepted). Make sure to reset your password to gain access to your full Sage Passport account. 

Your Sage Passport account is your connection to the college. It includes your Self-Service account where you’ll find your financial aid information and the payment center. It links to your Sage google drive and email, as well as Moodle, where your coursework is located.

Orientation is required for all new students starting in the spring semester. You’ll get to ask questions about your class schedule, chat with an advisor, meet other students, and get the important stuff like your free parking pass and student ID. Register today!

Be sure to complete the two-step housing application where you will tell us what kind of community you are comfortable living in, select your meal plan, and sign your housing contract. Resident student move in is Sunday, January 14.

*It is important you sign in with your Sage credentials. 

Any questions on the housing process, reach out to Grace Giancola, director of residence life at [email protected]

Talk with financial aid to make sure forms are in, loans are processed, and questions are answered. Under Financial Aid in the Self-Service section of your Passport account you will find your full financial aid information and a checklist. Make sure that is complete before the start of the semester. Any questions, reach out to [email protected].

Pay your bill or set up a payment plan in the Self-Service section under Student Finance – Payment Center. Reach out to [email protected] with questions.

Upload your photo through your Sage Passport account. We will have your ID ready for you at Orientation on January 11.

  • Under the User Profile in your Self-Service account, please add personal and emergency contact information. *Resident students will not be able to move in without updated contact information.
  • Go to SendWordNow, Sage’s Emergency Alert System, to register your phone number. Be sure to use your Sage credentials to log in.
  • First-year students should have the high school send transcripts after you graduate.
  • If you are transferring credits from other colleges, you should contact the Registrar’s Office at those institutions to send your official transcripts.

Transcripts can be submitted to [email protected], mailed to the Office of Admission at 65 1st Street, Troy, NY 12180, or uploaded via parchment.

You will be emailed instructions the first week of January to your Sage email account to complete these modules.

Create an account to secure your parking pass for the spring semester. Make sure to review sage.edu/parking. You’ll find helpful tips and tricks for parking on both campuses.

Accepted Students on Campus

Accepted Student Days

Fill out your FAFSA by March 1

The earlier you fill the FAFSA out, the sooner you will get your award. We encourage all students to fill out the FAFSA asap.

May 1 National College Decision Day 

Make sure you wear your Sage gear on May 1 and snap a photo!

June 1
Deposit deadline

Are you a student with a question – any question?