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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Like most schools academics are difficult but if you put in the work it is easy.

4 College Junior

Academics: I like my professors in my major. All have been helpful! The workload is sometimes overwhelming, but with planning it's really not as bad as I thought.

4 College Junior

Academics: Registration is really hard. Everybody is on the server all at once and the site crashes multiple times. Overall, the different academics are really nice and it appears that all the teachers know what they are doing

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload for my major is a lot and I feel like there is not enough tutors or help center for students.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: I believe there is not enough majors in my school, especially for the amount I am paying for.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 21 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 21 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 52% This was one of my top choices.
  • 29% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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