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Albany, NY
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2,721
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$26,622
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 657 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Senior

Campus Housing: I am a commuter so I know little to nothing about the campus housing situation.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The campus is rather small and it's not as impressive as the SUNY campuses I've visited such as New Paltz, but the services are adequate.

College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know what Greek Life even means. I haven't seen it integrated in the school.

4 College Senior

Academics: I absolutely love my major (forensic psych) and the curriculum. There are many interesting classes and I like the integration of both criminal justice and psychology.

4 College Senior

Academics: I really like most of my professors and find them very helpful when you approach them about any questions.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I am a commuter so I don't know how it is for residents, but the officers have been relatively pleasant whenever I interacted with them. Sometimes they can be loud and kind of obnoxious when eating at the Starbucks Lounge.

College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I commute, so I very infrequently eat in the area and instead just bring my lunch with me and eat at my home town.

College Senior

Nightlife: I don't participate in the bar scene because I am a commuter student.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food is expensive and for vegetarians or those with food allergies there is not a great deal of variety.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: I am a transfer student and although I had a cumulative 4.0 after a year and a half at Saint Rose, I still was only eligible for the transfer scholarship which is roughly half of the award that the academic scholarship is for four-year students. I struggle greatly with paying tuition because this is a private school.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I don't really know much about the campus health and safety since I am a commuter.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The students are not super-approachable because most of the time they already have their cliques. People are not unfriendly though, so it's alright.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I really love my major (forensic psychology) and most of the professors and courses have been really wonderful. I haven't gotten too involved with the campus-life unfortunately, but I'm hoping to during my final semester.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm not really sure how much my degree will hold its value as graduate school is very necessary for my field, but one of my professors has been very helpful for getting me into research opportunities which is integral for my field.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My freshman dorm was Brubacher Hall, which was far from campus and often very loud and not clean. However, my roommate and I were great friends, and that made the whole living situation bearable. Our room was our responsibility, and nothing else was under our control. Other people were loud during quiet hours. Laundry is free, but the laundry rooms were often messy.

This year, however, I'm going to Centennial Hall, which is the newest dorm building and has 2-person and 4-person apartment-style rooms. These include kitchens (refrigerator, sinks, dishwasher, oven, table and chairs), one bedroom per person (twin-size bed, nice desk, big wardrobe), one full bathroom per two people, and a common room (couches, coffee table). It's the most expensive living option on campus, but it does not require a meal plan. The building has a college-owned convenience store in it, as well as a burger studio. It is very close to other buildings. Its architecture is modern and its interior resembles a quality hotel.

Other options for upperclassmen include houses with single or double rooms and common rooms, or apartment-style houses. Those are cheaper but require meal plans and are older.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Academic scholarships are the most reliable thing. They're guaranteed as long as you keep up your GPA. Sports scholarships, too. Outside loans are common and probably needed.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I feel like this is superficial information. I found a partner I love. There are plenty of people, and everyone's different. It's not a particularly ugly or a particularly hot group of people as a whole. Everyone's different.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: My favorites are Tierra Coffee Roasters (organic coffee shop with pastries and live music) and Chicken Joe's (late night fast food joint), both minutes from campus. They offer cheap quality food. If I'm feeling healthy, I'll go to Tierra. If I want something that'll just about give me a heart attack but will taste amazing, I'll go to Chicken Joe's. There are definitely options for vegan/vegetarian people (Tierra is great with accommodating) and for meat lovers (Chicken Joe's).

There are also several pizza places and Asian food restaurants within walking distance, as well as some nicer sit-down restaurants on Madison Ave.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is very small, about 46 acres. It spans two blocks. Everything is within walking distance from everything else. The buildings are nice -- not too old, not extremely avant-garde. Mainly classic academic architecture with some newer buildings (Massry Center for the Arts, Centennial Hall, Huether Center for Business, Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media) being "greener" and including more modern designs/materials. Most other buildings are made of brick, though. The interiors of all buildings are attractive and clean. There is new technology integrated into all classrooms: SmartBoards, energy-saving lights with sensors (that turn off if no activity is sensed), and more.

The library is pleasant and relaxing, with many resources and knowledgeable staff. The main quad/green is quite active during warm autumn days and spring days. There is a main lounge next to Starbucks in the Events and Athletics Center that hosts many events and provides students a place to sit and congregate.

There are too many activities happening on campus to list! There's something going on every day somewhere. There's always stuff to do and people to see.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The positivity at this school is amazing. Its community (students and faculty) is supportive and family-like. People genuinely care about other people. Everyone's here to learn and to make friends and just to be great.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Saint Rose has a wide variety of majors, some with more developed programs than others. The most popular are education, business, and visual/performing arts. My major, music industry, is specialized and involved. I am incredibly happy that I chose it and that I chose Saint Rose to educate me in the music industry.

Most majors require an internship, which helps a lot with finding a job. The music industry program requires at least one internship and encourages more. In addition, there is an organization called Music Industry Student Association which hosts open mics, local bands, and industry-related events at the college's performance venue, Jack's Place. MISA brings in industry professionals like Kevin Lyman (founder of the Vans Warped Tour) and Dave Shapiro (booking agent for A Day to Remember, Hanson, Pierce the Veil, etc.) to give workshops open to all music industry students. Saint Rose makes connections between students and industry professionals, perhaps the most important factor in finding success in the music industry.

In the music industry program, students get close very fast -- the music industry majors are like a big family. We're forced to collaborate with each other, because we all take classes with each other and are often put in small groups. Communities are built quickly. However, there are no cliques or anything -- everyone is here for a common goal, and that's making music. There aren't rivalries, only friendships. The music industry program is how I've met my best and closest friends, making my experience at Saint Rose so perfect.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: To be admitted into the music industry program, students first audition to get into the music department in general. Requirements for that admission vary by instrument, but generally a variety of repertoire must be performed, as well as simple sight reading and scales, etc. (Specifics can be found on the website, I believe.) As a voice major, I had to perform two contrasting classical selections, which I chose and prepared myself. Two professors were in the room with me, and they were quiet but friendly. A short music theory placement is also given to all applicants, covering many topics included throughout the first year of college-level music theory. For music industry majors, these steps PLUS an additional audition are required. The additional audition is for music industry majors only, and students choose their own contemporary material to perform for music industry faculty. I performed an original song, and the faculty asked me about my high school experiences, how long I'd been songwriting, why I want to major in music industry, etc. They focused on getting to know me and my ambitions and potential rather than judging me by my classical talent.

The music program is not extremely competitive, but they won't take anybody. They do turn people down. However, if a student has been studying music in high school or has had private lessons for any amount of time and they prepare for their audition, they should get in without a problem.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: At first, I loved the dining hall. Unlimited food for one meal swipe?! It seemed too good to be true.

Over the course of the year, the quality of the food declined. It got to be repetitive, too. There was typical food, nothing special for a college dining hall. A few students got food poisioning in March/April 2014 from undercooked chicken parmesan. In several instances, there was not enough food to serve the number of students in the dining hall. The dining hall seemed very unprepared. Its cooks were mostly careless. There were few who came to work with smiles.

Good things about the dining hall: the cookies. They're not even homemade, though; they're store-bought.

My dorming decision was heavily influenced by the lack of requirement of a meal plan. There is only one dorm building on campus that does not require a meal plan -- needless to say, that is where I'm living next year.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: In all honesty, I love Saint Rose. As I write this from my home in the middle of the summer, I am missing the college and its community so much. The people are so friendly, the facilities are high quality, the professors are wonderful, and I miss learning! The music industry program is great, and it provides so many opportunities to students. I feel that I have learned more in my first year of college than in the rest of my life (that sounds crazy, but I feel it to be true).

The community is supportive and positive, the people are developed individuals looking for success, and the academics are excellent. I don't think I would continue going here if I hadn't met the people (both students and faculty) that I had. The atmosphere and the community really make Saint Rose special.

The only downfalls are the freshman dorms (they're always loud and a bit far from campus), the dining hall (not quality food, yet a meal plan is required for most students living on campus), and the occasional technological difficulties (mainly Internet-related, not very often).

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Saint Rose is in the middle of Albany, a big city. Big cities are bound to have sketchy people. Luckily, Saint Rose lies in a better part of town that's not crime-ridden. However, there are occasional robberies or sexual assault attempts on the street, especially near the furthest freshman dorm. The college is integrated right into the Pine Hills neighborhood, so residencies and stores and bus stops immediately surround the campus. Non-students are often on sidewalks that many students use to get to their classes.

Despite a high presence of non-students around the campus, students feel safe due to Security's even denser presence. There are always several security on duty, whether walking the open campus or monitoring a specific building. Escorts are available 24/7 and are utilized by many students. At many of the beginning-of-the-year presentations, the security office's phone number is announced and repeated several times. The security officers are all extremely nice and serious about their jobs.

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