Thursday, December 5, 2013

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT]: The College of Saint Rose, New York

[Photo Source: The College of Saint Rose]

The College of Saint Rose is located in an urban residential neighborhood at the heart of Albany, the capital city of New York State. Located on the Hudson River, Albany is the state’s major political and cultural center. There’s always something to do in Albany. There are numerous shops, coffee houses, concerts and festivals to attend. Albany is minutes from hiking trails, skiing and camp grounds and just a few hours from New York City, Boston and Montreal.

Saint Rose currently enrolls students from more than 35 different countries, including Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Thailand and Tanzania, to name but a few. International students play an important role in our community and in our efforts to raise multicultural awareness. When you ask an international student at Saint Rose what makes their experience a special one, they will tell you it is the quality of relationships that they build with people – their professors, classmates, colleagues at their internships, and others throughout the Albany area.


  • Website:
  • Established: 1920
  • Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Located on an urban, 48-acre campus in Albany, NY, the state’s capital
  • Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's
  • Certificates offered: Postbaccalaureate, Post-master's
Academic Programs:
  • 72 Undergraduate Degree Programs
  •  52 Master’s Degree Programs
  • 15 Accelerated/Dual Degree Programs
(Fall 2013)
  • First-time freshmen students enrolled: 621
  • First-time transfer students enrolled: 222
  • New graduate students enrolled: 515
  • Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,891
  • Total graduate enrollment: 1,651
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
  • Full-Time Faculty: 209
  • Full-Time Faculty with a PhD or the highest degree in their field: 94%
  • 98% of classes have fewer than 30 students
Student Body
(Fall 2013)

Total student population: 4,542
Total international student population: 123

Undergraduates: 2,891
  • Females: 67%
  • Males: 33%
  • International: 34
  • Number of countries represented: 37
 Graduates: 1,651
  • Full-time: 72
  • #37 out of 182 colleges and universities in the “Best Regional Universities – North” by U.S. News & World Report
  • Among New York’s top colleges for offering the greatest lifetime return on investment by AC Online
  • Billboard Magazine named The College of Saint Rose as one of 35 schools and universities with the top music business programs in North America.

The College of Saint Rose
432 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203

Colleen Thapalia
Director, International Recruitment and Admission
Phone: +1-518-454-5143

Support Services

Residence Life and Housing Services

Living on-campus gives you quick and easy access to many campus buildings, including classrooms and the dining hall, which are right outside your door. The experience builds cross-cultural understanding, enhances your classroom learning, and helps make lifelong friendships. Most first-year students live in one of two residence halls: Brubacher Hall or Lima Hall. Upperclass students can choose to live in Victorian houses or suite-style apartments. Graduate student housing is also available.

International Admissions

Undergraduate Application Requirements
  1. Undergraduate Application (
  2. Official high-school and post-secondary transcripts
  3. Evidence of English proficiency
  4. One letter of recommendation
  5. An essay or graded paper
  6. SAT – International Students are not required to take the SAT. However, SAT test scores are required to be considered for an academic scholarship.
  7. Other test scores, such as AP, IB, A-levels, etc. (if available) 

Graduate Application Requirements

  1. Graduate Application (
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. $40 Non-refundable Application Fee
  4. Official Transcript(s) of all post-secondary education
  5. Letters of Recommendation
  6. Resume
  7. Evidence of English proficiency
  8. Program-specific requirements* 
* Many programs have additional application requirements.

Financial Aid

International undergraduate students are eligible for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT or ACT scores for incoming freshmen or based on the overall college GPA for transfer applicants. Graduate students may apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships.

English Proficiency

International students must take either the TOEFL or the IELTS to demonstrate English proficiency. You must also take the SAT if you would like to be considered for scholarships.

If your TOEFL score is below 80, but above 70, you may be still be accepted at The College of Saint Rose by attending the International Student Summer Transition Program. This is a six-week intensive English communication program that will help build your academic English skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. During the six-week program you will live within an international community, take intensive communication classes, and participate in activities that will help you be a successful student at The College of Saint Rose, as well as adjust to living in The Capital District.

Beginning in Fall (August) 2014, Saint Rose will offer a full-time ESL program for international students seeking to improve their English proficiency in order to matriculate as degree-seeking students in the US.
[Photo Source: The College of Saint Rose]

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