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Covid-19 Update Regarding Fall 2020 Housing

On April 29, the Office of Residence Life made the decision that all resident students will be required to live in single rooms for the Fall 2020 semester.

Opting to have students live in single rooms allows us to reduce the density in our residence halls by 50%, while still giving students the on-campus experience they have come to love at Sage. Additionally, reducing building density will allow our facilities staff to scale up their cleaning and sanitizing routines in the common spaces of the residence halls, all of which are designed to meet or exceed CDC guidelines.

Although all students living in Sage-owned residence hall facilities for Fall 2020 will be residing in single occupancy rooms, they will be billed at the double-room rate of $3215 (Troy) or $3400 (Albany) for the semester. Please note this change does not impact students selecting to live in University Heights College Suites.

Live on Campus!

Residence halls are more than just places to live! Sage believes that residence halls should be active living/learning centers that complement the academic programs of the College. Sage is committed to the values and benefits of residential living in the college experience. Both the individual student and school community are enriched by the growth and development that emerge from this distinctive aspect of the Sage environment.

Our Mission

The Office of Residence Life is dedicated to providing all Russell Sage College students with a safe and healthy campus environment through providing services orientated to promote:

  • Community: we a committed to a diverse and inclusive campus community driven by a partnership between students, faculty, and staff and supported by robust yet flexible housing and programming models;
  • Civility: we cultivate a respectful and compassionate environment of scholars connected by a common set of values supported by institutional policies and procedures;
  • Conduct: we believe in individual responsibility for community standards and decision making supported by a student conduct system based in restorative justice and focused on tangible learning outcomes;
  • Crisis Prevention and Response: we are committed to providing students with adequate support during and after times of personal crisis, understanding, that students will experience challenges during their time at the institution; and
  • Change: we utilize student development theory to support student growth outside of the classroom through housing and programming models.

Residency Policy for First and Second Year Students

Russell Sage College is committed to the values and benefits of residential living in the college experience, especially as they relate to first and second year students. Living on campus provides students with opportunities to make connections to each other, faculty, staff, and the campus community. It is these connections that directly enhance a student’s ability to succeed academically, personally, and developmentally.

At Russell Sage College, all full-time first year and sophomore students (as defined by credit hour), live in campus residence halls unless you live with parents, guardian(s) or a spouse. Exceptions to this policy (based on age, finances or family circumstances) are considered on an individual basis and must be approved by the Director of Residence Life, or his/her designee.

Russell Sage College offers intentionally designed residential programs on both the Albany and Troy campuses, accessible to all undergraduate students. First-year students are housed on the campus where their academic program is located to more easily access their classes, study sessions, library, and lab facilities. Special consideration regarding housing placement may also be given to students with academic-adjacent needs regarding housing assignments (HEOP, student athletes, internships, etc).

More information regarding housing options on each campus can be found below:


August 2020: Staggered Move-In for Returning and New Students (more information available soon)

Monday, August 24: Classes begin.

Friday, August 28: Deadline for meal plan changes.

Wednesday, November 25 – Sunday, November 29: Offices and Halls close on 11/25 at 11:00 AM and re-open on 11/29 at 9:00 AM, No Classes. (Thanksgiving Break)

Students are able to remain on campus during Thanksgiving Break if they wish to complete their semester in-person. 

Students who return home for any portion of Thanksgiving Break must check out of their room and complete the semester remotely.

Tuesday, December 8: Last day of classes

Thursday, December 10 – Tuesday, December 15: Final exams

Wednesday, December 16: Halls close at 11:00 AM (Residents MUST leave no later than 11:00 AM, or by 24 hours after their last final- whichever comes first)


January 2021: Staggered Move-In for Returning and New Students (more information available soon)

Monday, January 18: College closed, Halls open. (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Tuesday, January 19: Classes begin.

Friday, January 22: Deadline for meal plan changes.

Saturday, March 6 – Sunday, March 14: Halls close on 3/6 at 11:00 AM and  re-open on 3/14 at 9:00 AM, No Classes. (Spring Break)

Friday, April 30: Last day of classes

Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7: Final exams

Saturday, May 8: Halls close at 11:00 AM for all residents NOT participating in commencement. (Residents MUST leave no later than 11:00 AM, or by 24 hours after their last final- whichever comes first)

Saturday, May 15: Halls close at 5:00 PM for all remaining students.

As indicated on Sage’s Residence Contract, the “contract does not include on campus housing during the vacation periods when the residence halls are officially closed (i.e. Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break). Therefore, students are not allowed to stay on campus during those vacation periods, and are expected to make arrangements for those break periods. If prior written permission from the Residence Life staff has been granted to students to stay on campus during these breaks, the students may be assigned to a residence hall other than their own during the vacation period. In addition, room fees may be applied to the students’ bill.”