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Location
Troy, NY
Undergrads
1,461
Tuition
$28,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I was able to make friends with all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds. It's a very open and supportive place.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: This campus is full of diversity. This campus is very welcoming of different sexual orientations, ethnicities, etc. Diversity is one of the factors that make this school so amazing.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is very supportive to all kinds of students. They teach all students about the importance of diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There isn't as much diversity at The Sage Colleges. Most people who attend this college are white but those who aren't usually celebrate their heritage through events in which others are able to learn about different cultures.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Although Russell Sage is an all women's college, there is great cultural and gender diversity. Young men are accepted into Sage's Theatre Program as MAAP students, and men from Sage College of Albany attend some required courses on RSC's campus. There are clubs designed for cultural diversity such as Native American Student Organization (NASO) and clubs for the LGBTQ community (H.E.A.R.T.) and students of all backgrounds (CAPES Peer Education Program).

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Foley
Hometown
Troy, New York
Major
Nutrition Science
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There is a lot of diversity at Sage, and students of all different ethnic, economic, religious, and sexual backgrounds are mostly well represented. Students of different ethnicities are widely accepted by the College, from different countries such as China, Mexico, and Afghanistan; Sage will even provide some of the students with a full academic scholarship so they have the opportunity to get a good education. Students of all different economic backgrounds are well represented because the College distributes scholarships and very good financial aid packages so students are able to attend—no matter their economic status.

The majority of students follows Christianity; however, other religions are accepted such as Islam and Judaism. Students of different sexual backgrounds are fairly represented, as well. Sage is an all-women’s college, so the majority of students are female, with a few guys here and there. Students are very accepting of others with different sexual backgrounds and lifestyles such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and it makes the campus even more diverse. Ethnic minorities and international students are treated like any other student—with respect and friendliness. There is a no-tolerance rule in effect for bullying, whether with words or physically, and students would never disobey this rule. They accept anyone who comes to Sage and a diverse student body makes classes more fun because students are learning about other cultures as well as the course material.

Facts & Statistics

African American
13%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
6%
International
0%
Native American
0%
White
61%
Unknown
14%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
11%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Vermont
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 23%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
68%
Male Faculty
32%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 96%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus attitude toward GLBT community is very accepting. Sage is an all-women's college, so lesbian students are a prominent group on campus. There is one club on campus called the Gay/Lesbian Alliance (GLA) that gives members the opportunity to speak out about GLBT issues in society, on campus, or even within themselves. This group also focuses on how to reduce GLBT bullying and how to raise awareness on this increasing problem. The GLA is not the most active club on campus, but there are occasionally fliers hung up that tell students about what they are working on and involvement opportunities.
Political Activity
Political activity is not a big part of campus life unless something of political importance is occurring. For example, students are encouraged on a daily basis to become involved in politics and to vote since Sage is all about having its students make a difference in the world. During elections, Sage will hold candidate debates in Bush Memorial and often these are required events for classes. Student involvement with Sage political events is increasing. In the past, students have set up protests and rallies, and if this continues, there is a good chance that a club or organization revolving around politics will form.
Economic Status
Most of the students are from white, middle-class families; however, the College has a very diverse range of economic backgrounds since the Office of Financial Aid tries to accommodate every student that gets accepted. Segregation on campus is noticeable, but it is only noticeable if you actually take the time to stare at someone and critique them. For example, upper-class students usually dress in expensive clothes (Bebe, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger) while other students just wear normal, average-priced clothes (Aeropostale or Dots). A lot of the students just wear sweats to class, though, so it becomes difficult to identify who is from a higher economic status and who is from a lower economic status.
Most Common Religions
The most common religion is Christianity. There is one religious club on campus called the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. In this club, people often hand out New Testaments or rosary beads on the street to students. Even though the majority follows Christianity, the College and its students are very open and accepting towards others who have different beliefs, including Islam and Judaism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is only one minority club on campus, and it is called the Black and Latin Student Alliance (BLSA) which focuses on how to bring a better understanding of diverse cultures to campus. Any Sage student can join this club because club members want students who have an interest on the topic. Students in this club are visible but not very active on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 33% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 22% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 11% Moderate
  • 33% Not sure
  • 50% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 18 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 22% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 72% Very accepting.
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