Russell Sage College Students

For parents and family members of incoming and current Russell Sage College students.

Dear Families:

On behalf of the entire campus community, I am proud to welcome the incoming Class of 2020 to Russell Sage College! As your loved one starts this new chapter in her life, we hope she will look at it as an opportunity to learn, to reflect on new ideas, to meet new and diverse people, and to expand new horizons. Our community has much to offer your student: excellent academic programs, co-curricular activities with social and learning opportunities, a historic campus, outstanding traditions, and excellent faculty, staff, and student body. We expect that your student is both nervous and excited about starting her college career. We at the College will do our best to help ease her transition and to provide her, and you, with the resources necessary to start off on the right foot.

A major milestone is about to occur for both you and your student–new beginnings for the first year of college. Your student will soon be busy packing, saying good-bye to friends and family, worrying about meeting her roommate(s), purchasing textbooks, finding her way around campus, etc. You will be planning for home life without your daughter–one less at the dinner table, what to do with her room, how to stop missing your student, etc. You will be worried about your student as she gains new independence and faces new responsibilities on campus. These are very natural feelings. If you attended summer orientation, you heard that, “It’s time to let go.” This is not easy, but rest assured that the College will welcome your daughter to campus and be here to support her in this new phase of life.

It will not be long until Family Weekend occurs on campus. We encourage parents and family to visit over a special weekend of activities. Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 23-25. Information about this exciting weekend will be available soon.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office with any questions or concerns. Our number is 518-244-2207. My e-mail address is

With warm regards,

Michael R. Baumgardner
Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students