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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am pre-med and my advisor is wonderful. However, I don't like that Im getting a BA and not a BS

5 College Freshman

Academics: work load is manageable professors are helpful (most of them)

3 College Junior

Academics: My major does not have many classes that are offered and also the times usually conflict. I wish there was more guidance for my major and a wider variety of classes so that I would be able to have a certain concentration in history. My professors have always been absolutely amazing in their teaching though and are very knowledgable on the topics they teach.

4 College Junior

Academics: I went to Russell Sage because it was close to home and an extremely respected college. Throughout college, I have realized what I am passionate about and that has been history. Although I love my professors, I feel that their is not enough classes in my field or enough scholarship for students in my field. Also, I believe that if their was better communication at my school that professors and the staff would be on the same page

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being in my major is a big deal because it puts me one step a head in reaching my goal and help me succeed. the work load varies sometimes its a lot some times its not a lot. they are lots of opportunites and internships that the school help you achieve especially being a Biology major.


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  • 488th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 964th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 984th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 1015th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1079th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Foley
Troy, New York
Nutrition Science
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Known for its academic reputation, Russell Sage College's strengths include professors who want to see their students succeed, major and minor variety, and job opportunities for graduates. In terms of academic weaknesses, students have had problems with academic advisers that don't always know what students should be taking or when classes will fit into their schedules. Students are offered many job opportunities once they graduate, but figuring out specific careers to work toward is not really addressed throughout a student's academic career. Students are left to figure this out on their own, but in the process, they do end up leaving Sage with good social and communication skills.

All of the professors at Sage are knowledgeable, have good communication skills, and are interested in students' lives. Students love to attend classes because the professors make it interesting. Class scheduling, grading, and curriculum are all available online through Sage’s Web site, so it's easy to check everything all at once. Sometimes, advisers will disagree on what classes to take, due to different interests on their part, but if students follow the curriculum for their specific major, it's pretty easy. While the workload can be heavy, all of the work is necessary in order to succeed, and it's worth it in the end.

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Psychology, Other: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online classes are not a big part of the curriculum. More online classes are available at Sage Graduate School than Russell Sage College. At Russell Sage, online classes are partially offered, with some fully online, but it's usually up to the professor. Generally, there is a partial online class in every subject, including English and nutrition. The typical online course is done through Moodle, a Sage Web site where homework, papers, tests, and quizzes can be submitted. Technology is a big part of the College because it is the number-one form of communication for students and professors. The student-teacher relationship is not as close as it would be in a regular class, but teachers do make an effort to meet with students if need be. Students can relate to each other and communicate through online forum posts, and this is how students come to know one another.
Best Places to Study
  • Designated lounges set aside for students with particular majors
  • Second floor of the library
  • Writing studio floor
Tips to Succeed
  • Do not party all of the time. Students who seem to go out every night tend to fall behind in class, and since they are not studying, their test grades are low.
  • Get involved with extracurricular activities, either on campus or off campus, because they will keep you busy and could potentially be a great way to reduce stress.
  • Get out of the dorm room and make friends. Other students are all going through the same experiences with work, homework, and extra events, so it is easier to go through these things with other people. Having friends also reduces stress levels.
  • If students feel that they are having difficulties in a class, they should meet with the professor for help or seek a tutor. Do not be afraid of the professor. Sage professors want students to succeed and will help them do so in any possible way. Some students may feel ashamed or stupid if they have to utilize a tutor, but having a tutor just means that a student is getting extra help or that the student does not fully understand a certain concept. They are very helpful and are available in most subject areas.
  • Utilize time management skills and stay on top of homework. It does not hurt to work ahead, but learning all of the material is recommended before doing so. It is very difficult to catch up on College work once a student is already behind, so make a time schedule daily so work can be completed on time.
Did You Know?
Students from local high schools can take classes at Sage in order to get ahead on their education and learn more about the field they are interested in.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 16 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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