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The College of Saint Rose has the values and character of a private, liberal arts college with the array of opportunities of a premiere large university all in the heart of Albany, New York’s Capital City. Premiere facilities are a hallmark of Saint Rose with the Lally School of Education, Massry Center for the Arts, Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, Plumeri Sports Complex, Huether School of Business and Centennial Hall (apartment-style residence hall) all built within the last decade and many buildings receiving complete renovations including the Science Center, Events and Athletics Center and Dining Hall.
The College of Saint Rose is a dynamic, comprehensive college of nearly 4,500 students under the direction of a newly appointed President with the vision to move the College to national prominence. The College is ranked #41 in the 2015 edition of U.S. News - Best Colleges, Regional Universities (North). In addition, the College was named to President Obama’s Honor Roll for Community Service in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
It also is an award-winning employer; the College is a seven time recipient of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s prestigious “Great Colleges to Work For” award. Billboard magazine, in its 2013 guide to the top music business programs in the nation, named The College of Saint Rose one of just 35 “Schools that Rock Enroll,” and one of only three in the northeast, for its innovative music industry program. The Art Directors Club of New York (ADC) has selected Saint Rose as one of the “top graphic design schools in the country.”
With a rigorous liberal education curriculum, 70 undergraduate majors, and a mission of service to the urban community, students have many ways to discover what makes them fulfilled and passionate. Starting before the first week of classes, incoming freshmen can choose from three early arrival immersion programs in the arts, social justice and service, or an outdoor experience building team and leadership skills. Seven accelerated dual degrees enable students to complete their bachelors and masters degrees in five years while retaining their undergraduate financial aid.
With a student faculty ratio of 13:1, no teaching assistants, and an average class size of 17, students are mentored by full-time faculty who are at Saint Rose because first and foremost they want to teach in a personalized learning environment. More than 96 percent of professors have the highest degrees in their fields and engage in dynamic research with undergraduate students. Students present their findings at an annual research symposium and publish in the Colleges Journal of Undergraduate Research. Undergraduates co-author research papers that appear in scholarly journals and present their findings at national conferences, often gathering honors. In 2012, nine students presented at the 2011 National Council of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Conference.
Majors, from business to education, from communications to social work, also require semester-long internships, student-teaching, or clinical practices. Students are placed in multinational corporations, entrepreneurial firms, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, government agencies and school districts in Albany, New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C. Many students do a study abroad experience including an internship with recent placements in England, Ireland and Argentina. Many graduates are employed directly from their internship with employers preferring to hire Saint Rose graduates because they have the specific technical skills, the ability to write and analyze quickly, and a strong work ethic.
Recent Saint Rose graduates are employed at numerous schools, colleges & companies, including the American Red Cross, Astra-Zeneca, Centers for Disease Control, Converse, DreamWorks Animation, IBM, Houghton-Mifflin, Lehman Brothers, Bank of America, Fox Broadcasting, Goldman Sachs, Hallmark Corp., Hearst Newspapers, KPMG, MasterCard Worldwide, MTV Networks, Sand Diego Padres, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States District Court, Yamaha Corporation, World Health Organization and the VH-1 Network. Our graduates have continued their studies at prestigious universities including Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Dartmouth Medical School, Duke Medical School, Georgetown Law School, Harvard, Notre Dame, NYU Law School, Tufts Medical School and Yale University. In the most recent Career Center survey, 93% of graduates were employed and 90% said they would attend Saint Rose again. Many commented on the value of the Saint Rose experience saying that their net cost was comparable to a public university while the outcomes of their education were more powerful than those of friends at private elite colleges often double or triple the cost of Saint Rose.
In this global economy, the College is also committed to giving students opportunities for gaining knowledge about the many different cultures and subcultures in our world. The Center for Intercultural Leadership and the Center for International Programs are places where students can learn from each other and have gathering spaces that feel comfortable for them.
The College has 37,000 living alumni residing in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and in 26 countries; 29,000 of the living alumni reside in Northeastern New York.