The College of Saint Rose


Located in Albany, NY, The College of Saint Rose was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The college is liberal arts in nature and offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and post-graduate certificates. Students may also enroll in certain accelerated combined programs that allow them to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in 5 years.

Saint Rose has an active campus life and offers several intercollegiate, intramural and recreational sports. There are also numerous student clubs and organizations that students may be a part of. Throughout the year, the college schedules several organized art exhibits, lectures, concerts and other events.

Because of its location, The College of Saint Rose offers a plethora of student activities. In the immediate vicinity there are coffee shops, pizza places, a movie theater, shops and many other things to do. Since Albany is close to the Hudson Valley as well as the Catskill and Adirondack mountains, the opportunities for year-round outdoor activities abound.


Information Summary

Ranks 143rd in New York and 1574th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 71.8
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $48,588
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 16 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 74% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,983


The College of Saint Rose offers nearly 60 undergraduate programs, almost 50 graduate programs and about 20 graduate certificates via four different schools of study. These schools include the School of Arts & Humanities, Huether School of Business, the School of Education and the School of Mathematics and Sciences. Students may also work on undergraduate or graduate degrees online so that they may pursue an education while keeping up with the demands of a modern adult lifestyle.

Because of its liberal arts philosophy, The College of Saint Rose believes that a quality education is built around a balanced foundation. The liberal arts requirements of each major teach students, in part, the valuable skills of writing, information literacy and critical thinking. Students also have numerous opportunities to practice hands-on learning in research settings.

In addition to traditional, on-campus classroom study and online study, The College of Saint Rose also offers a study abroad program that allows students to learn the skills required for their future careers in a global environment. Some of the places that students may choose to study include London, Argentina, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Namibia. There are nearly 30 countries available and students may study in short faculty-led sessions, internships, summer sessions, semesters or full academic years.

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Undergraduate Admissions

The College of Saint Rose begins accepting applications in late September for the following year’s fall semester, so freshman students should begin the application process early in their senior year of high school. The college encourages students to have their applications submitted as early as November and admissions decisions will be made within 3 weeks. There are several things that are required for the admissions packets and some majors require portfolios or auditions, so students should work closely with the school to determine exactly what they need to submit.

To begin the application process students must complete the application. This can be done either online with the College of Saint Rose application or the Common Application, or via a traditional paper application. Students who apply online are not required to pay an application fee. Other documents include official high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, transcripts from any colleges attended, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and an essay or graded paper. Art applicants have to submit a portfolio and music applicants must audition.

The college also has a guaranteed admission agreement with several different two-year colleges so that students with an acceptable GPA may transfer to The College of Saint Rose in order to finish a four-year degree.

Since there are numerous scholarships available and the application process is competitive, students who have decided that Saint Rose is for them should apply as early as possible.

Graduate Admissions

Prospective graduate students wishing to apply to The College of Saint Rose may start the process by completing the graduate school application and submitting it along with the application fee. Some programs require additional information and documentation, but general requirements include a statement of purpose, official transcripts from all colleges attended that prove at least a 3.0 GPA, two letters of recommendation, and a resume. Psychology applicants need to submit three letters of recommendation. Saint Rose suggests that applicants to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program submit GRE results. Applicants to Accounting and Business Administration programs are required to submit GMAT scores unless the student’s undergraduate GPA was high. Some programs also require interviews, verification of certifications, and/or writing samples.

There are distance learning and continuing education opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students interested in these programs should contact The College of Saint Rose for more information.

Financial Aid

The College of Saint Rose offers several different forms of financial aid, including need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. Students are automatically considered for academic scholarships upon application but must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for any other forms of financial aid. The FAFSA is available online beginning in January and students should complete it as soon as possible in order to be considered for all types of financial aid.

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The College of Saint Rose offers an NCAA Division II athletics club called the Golden Knights. They compete in the Northeast 10 conference and offer several different sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, and track & field. Men may also choose to play baseball, golf or lacrosse and women have the additional options of softball, tennis and volleyball. The school’s colors are gold, black and white.

In addition to varsity sports, The College of Saint Rose also offers several different intramural and recreational sports. The school has a brand new sports complex called the Christian Plumary Sports Complex that is home to most of the sports teams. All of the fields meet or exceed NCAA requirements and the complex is open for town functions as well as college sporting events and activities.


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