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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The gallery spaces are great! It's a very beautiful college and has a lot to do!

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: This is for the Russell sage Campus. The library was rebuilt this year, and is very nice. This school is full of traditions, it is like one big sorority.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: (Russell Sage) I've never seen a school with traditions like this. Each class has a "mascot" (red devils, blue angels, purple cows, and golden horseshoes). A lot of traditions are made around these mascots. This school is like a big sisterhood.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: There isn't much for adults going back to school, socially.

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2 College Senior

Campus Quality: There is a campus in Troy and a campus in Albany, students can take advantage of the curriculum, events and such at both campuses regardless of which one they are enrolled at.


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The College is very well maintained and aesthetically pleasing. It is definitely made up of older buildings, but the College tries to modernize the campus every year. The student center and athletic centers are of great quality. The student center has two floors, and there are many school events that take place here, so it is used often. While not necessarily pleasing to the eye, it serves its purpose. There are two athletic centers, and they are very up to date. The Robison gym is where all teams practice, and it is open to all students, as well, containing a lot of different equipment. The NEF Center is owned by Sage, but it is located a few blocks away from campus. The NEF Center has a softball field and is where the soccer team can practice indoors.

There are not many new state-of-the-art facilities, but the New York State Theater Institute (NYSTI) is located on campus. Plays and performances take place at NYSTI, so the campus area around the theater is of high quality. The whole park area was redone in the fall of 2009, with more flowers and trees planted, so the area is more pleasing to students and people visiting the theater. The College does try to update something every semester, but it often seems to take time. For example, during the spring of 2010, the outside area by the dining hall was updated, and in the fall of 2010, the bathroom areas in all dorms were renovated. In terms of other facilities, the library is adequate for student needs because it is open on a daily basis, usually all day. The library also contains computers and study areas, so students go there often. There is plenty to do on campus, and it is rare to see bored students. Daily activities and events take place on campus, and the College has a wide variety of clubs that students can join.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
8 acres
Student Centers
  • Buchman Pavilion
  • McKinstry Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • The Sage Albany Campus Library (Albany)
  • The Sage Troy Campus Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Buchman Pavilion
  • Sage Park
  • Various lounges on campus
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
Russell Sage does not have a movie theater on campus, but buildings such as The Aggie (second gym) and Bush Memorial Center are used to show movies on movie nights.
"Green" Initiatives
The students at Sage are the main influence on "green" initiatives, so it is often up to them rather than the College to come up with ways to "go green" and then put the plans into action. Students enjoy it, though, because they get to be involved in what happens on campus. Some programs that have been put into effect include the recycling of paper, plastic, cell phones, and ink cartridges, and submitting work through e-mail in order to save paper. Also, in order to conserve water, new bathrooms are being installed in certain dorm room buildings because of leaky showers and sinks. All students are required to take the course WLD 420, which is about students proposing an idea on how they can make a change in the world.
School Slang
  • ACK: Ackerman Hall, used mainly for nursing and nutrition students
  • The Aggie: One of the school gymnasiums
  • BMC: Bush Memorial Center, where speakers and special events take place
  • CBS: Campus bookstore
  • CLA: Campus Life Approval; Campus Life approves clubs, organizations, and events.
  • GP: Gator Pit, exercising room for students
  • JLMLT: James L. Meader Little Theater, where school plays are performed if not at NYSTI
  • KQ: Kellas Quad, basement area of Kellas, a hangout lounge for students
  • MR: Media Resources can be found in the library or on other areas of campus.
  • MSG: McMurray-Spicer-Gale, residence hall for upperclassmen
  • NYSTI: New York State Theater Institute on campus
  • PS: Public Safety
  • RA: Resident assistants watch over students living in dorms; students should see them first if there is a problem.
  • RL: Residence Life, where students go if they want to switch rooms or figure out where they will live next semester
  • SA: Study abroad trips
  • SC: Student Center
  • SLAP: Sage Language Acquisition Program in which students can take different languages and travel to other countries
  • SS/FA: Student Services or Financial Aid; where students can go to make payments, pick up paychecks, or talk to a financial aid employee
  • T-Lab, M-Lab, or L-Lab: Tubman Lab, Math Lab, and Levertov Lab
  • UC: The Upton Center, mainly for students majoring or minoring in women's studies
  • WC: Wellness Center, where students go if they're sick
  • WS: Writing Studio, where students go for help with writing; most professors require students to attend a session or two.
  • Big and Little Sisters: The Big Sister/Little Sister tradition is when upperclassmen take in freshmen and help guide them through their first year at Sage. There are four different class themes which are the red devils, purple cows, golden horseshoes, and the blue angels. For example, the red devils class is considered to be Big Sisters to the blue angels class and so forth. It is a great way for freshmen to get help and advice when needed, and it is also a good way for students to meet other students and upperclassmen. Sometimes a Big Sister may have many Little Sisters, so it makes events even more fun, such as the annual Big/Little Ice Cream Social.
  • Rally : Rally is when all of the classes come together for a two-week fundraiser in February, and all of the students wear their class sweaters to support the College. Since Rally is usually new to the freshmen, they do not know what to expect. What they do not know is that the upperclassmen take the opportunity to do something to the freshman class every night during Rally, and they also do things to each other. For example, one year the seniors came into the freshman dorm rooms at midnight and banged on pots and pans throughout the whole building. A tradition that goes along with Rally is that students are not able to wash their sweaters until the following Rally which is a year later! If students want to wash them sooner, then they will have to take a shower with them on. Overall, Rally is a great experience for all of the classes to bond together.
  • Sage Fest/Family Weekend: Sage Fest and Family Weekend are traditions that students and families can enjoy together. All of the clubs and organizations set up tables in order to raise money or to just try and get other students to become involved. They close down First Street just for this event, so it is a big deal. Families can also enjoy breakfast, dinner, movies, and performances together, so the overall atmosphere is fun, pleasant, and friendly.
  • Secret Sophomore Week : Secret Sophomore Week is when all of the sophomore students make the freshman students do ridiculous things all week. Sophomores can only participate in this if they participated when they were freshmen. Basically, the sophomore students tell the freshmen to dress up as odd things (such as Lady Gaga, dinosaurs, or Power Rangers), and freshmen carry around signs all day that say, "Ask me what I am." Students proceed to ask them the question and then the freshmen have to reply with a rehearsed response or a dance. They then perform in their groups at the dining hall for all to see, and it is usually embarrassing yet fun for students at the same time. It is a great way for students to get to know one another in their own class as well as to become familiar with the upperclassmen.
Urban Legends
  • Most people think that any student who attends Russell Sage is a lesbian or will eventually turn into one. This is not true, but the reason why people think this is because there are few guys present on campus, so people feel that if there are no guys, then they must be lesbians. Most students are not lesbians and often come to the College with boyfriends.
  • One of the dorm rooms in Kellas Hall on the second floor is haunted. Supposedly, a student's deodorant case was thrown at her by someone even though she was the only one in the room. Personal belongings have been moved from where they were previously placed, things randomly fall off desks and closet shelves, and some items go missing. Even though most of the "ghost's" activity is said to be in this one room, students say that they sometimes can see shadows or feel cold even though their heat is on high.
  • Sage students often say that Sage Hall is haunted because supposedly two students killed themselves in the hall in the 1800s. Sage Hall is a residence hall for upperclassmen, but many do not want to stay there. Apparently, the first student hung herself by a light fixture in the very top room of Sage Hall, and then 20 or more years later, another student did the same exact thing. The light fixture has been removed from the room, and it is now used only for maintenance, so students cannot access it. However, students have recalled seeing a light in the room, have heard people walking upstairs, or have seen shadows of the women.
Favorite Things To Do
There are always events taking place on campus. Students enjoy participating in various activities, such as Recreation Day and School Spirit Day. Other fun things to do on campus are to attend movie nights, play games in the student center, and there are always groups hosting tie-dye and bracelet-making parties. Sage students also have fun organizing their own events like kickball tournaments.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Quill
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Clubs and organizations are a big part of campus life because they get students involved in the community and the College. Students stay involved because they like to volunteer, do community work, and speak out about arising issues. Sage offers a variety of clubs and organizations, and most students are involved in at least two. The most active clubs on campus are Circle K (community service), the CAPES (peer educator group through the Wellness Center), nursing club, and nutrition club. Most students need to have a certain number of community service hours or shadowing hours in order to graduate, so students turn to clubs and organizations to help better themselves and to receive credit towards their major.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Student government
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The College is very lenient when letting students form their own clubs or organizations, but students do need to get approval from Campus Life first.
  • Public Safety can open up buildings with a professor's approval on weekends. If students need to get into a certain building in order to work, students need to get a form signed by their professor and then return it back to Public Safety. Public Safety will then let you into the building so you can finish your work. This happens a lot with science students and lab use.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 35 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 40% Hang out with friends
  • 13% Theater
  • 13% Nothing, it's boring
  • 13% Walk the grounds.
  • 7% Hang in the commuter lounge
  • 7% Walk around town
  • 7% Intramurals

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 30% Sage Fest/Family Weekend
  • 20% Big and Little Sisters
  • 20% Rally
  • 15% Swamp Night and The Spring Carnival
  • 10% Writing and Contemporary Thought Events
  • 5% Secret Sophomore Week

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 16 responses

  • 44% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 44% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 12% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 34 responses

  • 12% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 65% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 18% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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