About The Sage Colleges

The Sage Colleges is a dynamic institution of higher education with more than 3,000 students enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on two campuses located in Albany and Troy, N.Y., and online.

Sage’s 100-year history began in 1916, when Margret Olivia Slocum Sage founded Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, in honor of her late husband. Mrs. Sage was deeply involved in the women’s suffrage movement, and founded the school to offer women independence through a strong education in the liberal arts. It was their goal to provide women with preparation for specific professional careers. Russell Sage College graduated its first class in 1920 and was granted a charter by New York State in 1927. During World War II, the first men attended Sage College. In 1949, the Albany campus was created extending the school’s mission to the education of men.

Today, The Sage Colleges commands a strong reputation for effective education in the liberal arts. Best College Reviews ranked The Sage Colleges 12th out of the 50 Best Small Colleges in the nation for 2017-2018.

The two campuses of The Sage Colleges differ slightly in description but comprise the same mission of excellence:

Russell Sage College – Troy, NY

Founded in 1916, offers competitive undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs focusing on women’s leadership and entrepreneurship, and an excellent performing arts program.

Sage College of Albany – Albany, NY

Founded as a coeducational junior college in 1949 and awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees since 2002, Sage College of Albany offers interdisciplinary learning and a celebrated Art + Design program, as well as respected programs in business, legal studies, information technology and more.


The Sage Colleges are chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.


The Sage Colleges are members of the following organizations:

The Sage Mission

The Sage Colleges form a community of scholars that is committed to empowering our students:

  • To Be: To provide the individual student with the opportunity and means to develop and advance personally and professionally, and thus to be successful in achieving life goals.
  • To Know: To contribute to the larger society a group of diverse, thoughtful and competent citizen-leaders who continue to be engaged in the pursuit of lifelong learning.
  • To Do: To translate learning into action and application, recognizing the obligation of educated persons to lead and to serve their communities.
65 1st Street, Troy, NY 12180
140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
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