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The College of New Rochelle (CNR) is a private Catholic college with its main campus located in New Rochelle, New Yorkmarker. The College of St. Angela was founded by the Order of the Ursulines as the first Catholic women's college in New York state in 1904, a time when women were generally excluded from higher education. The name was changed to the College of New Rochelle in 1910. Building on its original commitment to women, the college reaches out to those who have not previously had access to higher education. It places particular emphasis on the concept of life long learning. Three of the four schools are now co-ed.


Following the university model, the College of New Rochelle is composed of four separate schools:

  • The School of Arts & Sciences

  • The Graduate School

  • The School of Nursing

  • The School of New Resources for adult learners

Its oldest school, The School of Arts & Sciences was established in 1904 as a women's college and still enrolls only women students. It offers courses in the liberal arts, pre-medicine, pre-law, communication arts and business. Both men and women may enroll in the School of Nursing, the School of New Resources (for adult learners) and the Graduate School.

The College of New Rochelle is chartered by the Regents of the State of New Yorkmarker and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The School of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

The college offers undergraduate degrees including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduate degrees include Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Science in Education.

CNR has 118 full-time faculty and instructional staff and 640 adjunct faculty. Of the faculty, 89% hold doctoral degrees or the highest degree available in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1.

The School's current President is Stephen Sweeny, Ph.D., who is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for La Salle Academymarker.


The main campus is located in New Rochellemarker, a suburban Westchestermarker town approximately 16 miles north of Manhattanmarker. In 1896, the college's founder, Mother Irene Gill, traveled to New Rochelle to explore the possibility of establishing a seminary there for young women. It was during this trip that she came across Leland Castlemarker, an 1850s gothic revival structure and former vacation home of wealthy New York hotelier Simeon Leland. The castle was purchased in 1897 and became the first structure of the College. It has since been designated a National Historic Site. The castle is part of the campus quadrangle and currently houses the "Castle Gallery".

The campus consists of 20 main buildings including; the newly constructed athletic, recreational and educational complex, "The Wellness Center"; "The Mooney Center" with its computer and photography labs and TV Production Studio; the 200,000 volume "Gill Library"; the Student Campus Center; the Rogick Life Sciences Building with its many laboratories; four residence halls; and the innovative "Learning Center for Nursing".

Notable alumni


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