Frequently Asked Questions about Russell Sage College Orientation

Do I really need to attend Summer Orientation, Transfer Orientation, or Fall Start Up?
Yes. The expectation of Russell Sage College is that all students need to attend these events. Each orientation is filled with opportunities for students to gain an understanding of policies, offices, and services that Sage has to offer. Plus, we have a number of important opportunities to have you network with other new and returning students from both our Albany and Troy campuses. Please make sure to make any necessary arrangements to attend your summer orientation and fall start up orientation.

What is covered and why is it important?
At Russell Sage College, we want you to grow and succeed throughout your time with us. Orientation helps provide a smooth transition into your college experience and gives you the opportunity to meet a number of our faculty and staff, to attend key presentations that inform you about our expectations and support services. In addition, all new students will receive copies of their course schedules and resident students will have the opportunity to meet their roommates. Staff from Financial Aid and Student Accounts will be on hand to help students and families understand the steps they need to take to secure their financial aid and pay their bills. This is a great chance for you to have your questions and concerns answered. You may even find answers to questions you didn’t know you had!

Do I need to attend each day, and how long is Fall Start Up Orientation?
Yes. Fall Start Up Orientation is a 3-4 day event. The first day (Sunday, August 23rd), all students living on campus will move into the residence halls on either the Troy or Albany campus. Commuter students do not need to attend any programs on this day. ALL students must attend the additional three days of orientation (Monday-Wednesday), so please plan accordingly. Arriving late or leaving early is not a good idea. If you do, you will miss out on key information and experiences here at Sage and you will not be adequately prepared for classes to begin on Thursday, August 27th.

I can’t make it to Orientation because of work or family vacation.
The College puts the schedule online roughly eight weeks before you come to campus. We do this to allow students ample time to make the necessary arrangements for employment, transportation, child care, and long distance travel.

I am a Commuter or Transfer student. Do I need to attend?
Yes. Students who attend orientation are more prepared to begin classes and more successful in reaching their academic goals. Orientation provides information and services all in one place, rather than having new students try to obtain this information from each office on their own. The challenge of a transfer student is generally getting re-connected to a campus. While as a commuter student it is to find a college and home balance.

Can family members, partners and guests attend with the student?
Yes. Here at Sage we build in programs and a schedule that includes one guest in order to help you celebrate you and your entry into the Sage community. Plus, we provide programs that are designed for families and guest to see the opportunities and services we have here at Sage. Students will be permitted to bring one family member with them as a guest to the summer orientation sessions. More information about this will be included in the official invitation that will be distributed to new students in June.

Whom can I call with questions?
Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Office of Student Life at [email protected] or by phone to 518-292-1753 (Albany campus) or 518-244-2207 (Troy campus). We look forward to getting to know you!

NOTE: All new students are charged the orientation fee, even if they are unable to attend orientation.