The College of Saint Rose

The College of Saint Rose


The College of Saint Rose is a dynamic, comprehensive college of about 4,500 students. Located in the city of Albany, the heart of New York State's Capital District, the College is a private, independent, coeducational institution, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. Through a strong liberal education curriculum, professional degrees and progressive academic programs, Saint Rose serves traditional students and working professionals in undergraduate, graduate degree and certificate programs.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

First-Year Experience & Transition The Center for Student Success

In 2014, President Carolyn J. Stefanco led a bold new initiative to invest in the creation of a Center for Student Success charged with creating policies, programs and practices that improve student retention, persistence, on-time graduation and post-graduation employment rates. The Center serves all students on campus, but works closely with students in danger of attrition. If a student delays registration or fails to register, he or she is contacted by their faculty advisor or a member of the Student Success team to problem-solve. In situations where financial barriers prevent registration for Pell-eligible students, they are supported through the process of filing an appeal for increased financial assistance. Learn more about The Center for Student Success

First-Year Experience & Transition Commuter Assistant

The Commuter Assistant program partners first-year commuter students with a returning student who provides support, advice, and camaraderie when it comes to navigating the college setting and getting involved on campus. This program is especially helpful for first generation commuter students because it encourages early and consistent engagement. Commuter Assistants reach out on a weekly basis to share information about campus events and activities, encouraging first-year students to become active members of the Saint Rose community. They also answer questions and provide guidance throughout the first semester.

Scholars & Leadership The National Society of Leadership and Success

The National Society of Leadership and Success is designed to recognize and nurture leadership potential allowing students to build networks and a strong leadership foundation. The program features a combination of live broadcasts with nationally recognized speakers, a leadership training day, goal setting, success networking team meetings and written reflections. Several partial scholarships are available for First-Generation Pell-Eligible students who are eligible to participate but unable to afford joining. The scholarships are need-based and involve an application process. After successful completion of the requirements, students are inducted into Sigma Alpha Pi, a leadership honor society.

Academic Advising & Support New investment in technology to improve time-to-degree completion

In 2014, the College invested in an expansion of the functions of Degree Works and upgraded features to ensure that it would include the ability for students to work with their new Academic Administrators and Faculty Advisors to utilize the software program option that allows for the creation of a 4-year degree plan. All students are walked through this framework and create multiple plans that chart paths toward on-time degree completion within their majors. First Generation and Pell-eligible students will benefit greatly from this resource.

Academic Advising & Support The New Academic Advising Model

The key to on-time graduation starts with creating a first-year academic plan. In fall 2015, Saint Rose launched a new academic advising model that allows faculty and the Office of Academic Advisement to work in tandem to serve incoming first-year students, ensuring that they get off to a successful start. All first-year entering students are scheduled for a pre-advising appointment with an administrator in Academic Advising. This new initiative is aligned with national best practices to reduce time to degree for First Generation and Pell-eligible students, thus avoiding increased debt associated with delayed completion. Learn more about The New Academic Advising Model

Mentoring First-Year Leaders Influencing Generations with High Tenacity (FLIGHT)

FLIGHT is a program launched in Fall 2015 that focuses solely on mentoring incoming First Generation first year students. It is structured with campus employee volunteers who mentor first-generation students. FLIGHT has 60 faculty, staff and administrator volunteers mentoring 197 first-generation first year and transfer students. The program has created programming opportunities for FLIGHT mentors to spend time in a group setting with their first generation mentees. The program also tracks individual contact hours between mentor and mentee. Learn more about First-Year Leaders Influencing Generations with High Tenacity (FLIGHT)

Student Diversity

  • 2,602
  • 33/67
  • 28%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 13%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 63%
  • 8%
    Two or more races
  • 4%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 2%

Student Success

  • 77%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 60%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 84%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 49%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 204
    Full-time faculty
  • 25
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Administration, Communications, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    International Students Association (ISO) Minority Association for Pre-Med Students Spectrum (The ALANA Student Union) The ALANA Steppers His Image- The Gospel Choir


Cost of Attendance

  • $29,656
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,036
    Required Fees
  • $12,356
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $38,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $27,769
    Average aid package
  • $26,709
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 46%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 86%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 83%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 15%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 6,780
    # of applicants
  • 84%
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 470—570
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 465—570
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 05/01
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 12/01
    Early action application closing date