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The College of Saint Rose is a private, independent, co-educational college in Albanymarker, New Yorkmarker, founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The College enrolls a total of approximately 5,000 students (3,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate).Named after Saint Rose of Lima, the college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in over 50 areas. The school's primary colors are white and gold, but black and gold are used for marketing purposes. The school's NCAA Division II sports teams are referred to as the Golden Knights.

Majors and Programs


The College of Saint Rose is located in the capital city of New York, Albany. The city is on the Hudson River Valley. Albany has coffee shops, pizza parlors, grocery stories, movie theaters and other attractions within walking distance of the campus.

Student Association Clubs

  • The Student Association
The Student Association is the governing organization of the student body and is responsible for overseeing the following clubs. The Preamble to the Student Association Constitution reads as follows - We, the students of The College of Saint Rose, in order to establish and protect our rights and responsibilities as students, to promote the unity and effectiveness of the Student Body, to voice our opinions in the governance of The College, and to promote the independence and general welfare of the entire student community and The College as a whole, do ordain and establish this Constitution of The Student Association of The College of Saint Rose.

Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary

Saint Rose was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet as a Roman Catholic College for women. Today the college is an independent, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences with over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. In 1994, the College discussed the need to build a new "sacred space" for the college community. Considering the changes that had occurred at Saint Rose and in the world since 1920, the College decided to build a space that:
  • was an interfaith space. A space that was able to address the needs of all the College members, regardless of their faith tradition;
  • revered and respected our rich Roman Catholic history and heritage;
  • was a place conducive to private prayer, meditation, and reflection.

Walking through the Sanctuary, it is noted that the main worship and gathering space has no specific religious symbols so that all feel welcome to worship here.Visitors will notice the stained glass windows created for by Cohoes Design Glass which capture the elemental colors of creation and the beauty that comes out of the chaos and energy of creation. These windows not only draw your attention to the garden in the Sanctuary but also indicate the creative energy currently involved in interreligious dialogue.

Walking the monastic path on the tiles and they lead into the indoor garden, the central feature of the prayer space. All religious traditions find God present in creation. Take a few moments to listen to the sound of the water, breathe in the scent of the earth, marvel at the green of the plants and trees, "be still, and know the presence of God".

On the northwestern side of the Sanctuary is the Catholic Christian prayer room. This space celebrates the College's heritage as a Roman Catholic College. There are visible stained glass windows from a residence hall on campus that once housed a community of Christian Brothers.

On the northeastern side of the Sanctuary there is interfaith prayer room. The prayer books of the major non-Christian traditions are here. Members of the College community from the Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions can go there for private prayer.The room faces east toward Mecca and Jerusalem for Muslim and Jewish prayer. Prayer rugs are available for Muslim prayer.

Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry Office works to support the members of the College community as they consider the meaning of religion and spirituality in their lives. It is our hope to affirm and encourage people in the expression of their unique relationship with the divine Mystery. We seek to honor the diversity that exists in the ways people express their spirituality and help the College community find cause for celebration, education and growth through these differences while at the same time respecting , valuing, and celebrating our roots in the Roman Catholic tradition.

The Office of Campus Ministry offers programs in a number of areas:
  • Prayer and Worship opportunities—weekly Roman Catholic liturgies, prayer services (interfaith, ecumenical, and specific to a particular denomination or season of the year), publications offering information on local faith communities, celebrations of sacred seasons and holidays, retreat programs, guided meditation and relaxation programs for stress reduction
  • Informal gatherings to build community and form connections among students and between students and the Spiritual Life staff
  • Programs geared toward education, dialogue and faith sharing
  • Volunteer opportunities where the links between faith and service are explored in the context of social justice for all peoples.

Academic Support Center

Through the learning assistance programs, the College seeks to provide all students with academic support outside the classroom and equal access to information in the classroom. The College's goal is to not only help students become independent and confident learners, but also to increase their academic success and help them reach their ultimate goal of graduation. At Saint Rose, academic support services are an interactive partnership between our staff and the students we serve. We look forward to working with you and enhancing your learning experiences at Saint Rose.

The Learning Center

  • Drop-in Tutoring
Located on the 2nd floor of St. Joseph Hall, The Learning Center offers students open lab group tutoring sessions for various Saint Rose courses. Open tutoring sessions are offered in the academic areas of math, accounting, business, computers, Spanish, and the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics). These sessions do not require an appointment.
  • Study Clusters
Tutorial study clusters give students the opportunity to work through particularly demanding course work with the support of classmates and a peer tutor.
  • Individual Academic Counseling
Whether students need help tackling an important academic project or just some helpful study hints, individual academic counseling is available in the Learning Center. Students can meet with a professional who can help build skills, strategies, and behaviors that will increase learning potential.
  • College Skills Workshops
Various workshops are offered throughout the semester to help students meet the challenges of college course work.
  • CDS 021: Strategies for College Success
A course designed to help those students on Academic Probation learn various techniques and strategies that will enhance study and achievement at the college level.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center provides free tutoring for all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the college. Tutors and students work collaboratively to develop strategies to help each student refine his/her writing skills and develop a better understanding of the writing process. The Writing Center staff emphasizes that writing is a skill that takes time to develop and thus cannot be totally “fixed” in just one session. Writing Center tutors stress the importance of visiting the Writing Center multiple times with the same assignment, in order to address all aspects of writing at various stages in the writing process.

Career Center

The Career Center provides students, alumni, employers and the campus community with online access to many of our services, programs and resources.

A Green College

The College of Saint Rose in conjunction with other capital region colleges and universities signed a pact to reduce their carbon footprint and continue to pursue environmentally friendly policies.

The Massry Center for the Arts

The Massry Center is one of the college's most recent and major attempts at building green. Some of the green features of the Massry Center are:
  • Extra layers of insulation made from shredded trees and paper is sustainable, adds more protection from heat transfer and reduces energy costs
  • heating and cooling rely on geothermal systems that use constant underground temperatures to control climate.
  • Daylight harvesting system automatically turns off or dims artificial lights based on amount of natural light in building
  • White and sloped roofs reduce the"heat island" effect, by minimizing absorption of sun's rays.
  • Construction materials include 97% recycled drywall, 70 to 90% recycled steek and metal studs, and 18% recycled concrete. Site materials are recycled, reducing the amount of waste at land fills.
  • Building location on bus lines encourage public transportation. Special parking will be available for hybrid and low emission vehicles. Bike racks will encourage bicycle travel.
  • Double paned windows all for open ventilation, reduce heat loss or gain.
  • Shades in classroom automatic rise or descend based on light availability.

Notable alumni


The College of Saint Rose athletics program offers 17 intercollegiate sports at the NCAA Division II level
  • Fall Sports:
Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Volleyball

  • Winter Sports:
Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Swimming and Diving,Women's Swimming and Diving, Men's Indoor Track & Field, Women's Indoor Track & Field

  • Spring Sports:
Baseball, Men's Golf, Softball, Women's Tennis,Men's Outdoor Track & Field, Women's Outdoor Track & Field

*Brandon Birchak

First National Championship in any sport. Swimming and Diving NCAA Division II

Saint Rose has produced seven All-Americans during the past three years:Kylee Litchfield (women’s soccer)Lauren Steinberg (women’s soccer)Ashley McGuire (women’s soccer)Stephanie Brink (women’s volleyball)Matt Kavanagh (men’s swimming and diving)Brandon Birchak (men’s swimming and diving)Steve Dagostino (men’s basketball/two consecutive years).

2008 Women's Soccer

Finished Ranked 4th in the Country

Division II NCAA Final Four in Tampa, Florida

Won share of Northeast-10 Regular Season Championship

Won Northeast-10 Tournament

Shannon Murphy named Most Outstanding Player

External links


  1. How green is your valley? - The Business Review (Albany):

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