The College of Saint Rose Albany

The College Of Saint Rose Albany

The College of Saint Rose Albany

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The is a private, independent, coeducational college in Albany, New York, 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 for 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.


The institution was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet as a Roman Catholic college for women. Its founders selected the name of Saint Rose to honor the first canonized saint in the Americas, Saint Rose of Lima.

The primary academic purpose of the College was the full development of the person through a strong liberal arts curriculum. Initially, emphasis was placed on the professional training of teachers and this emphasis was expanded in the early years to include preparation for business and other professions.

As needs in the Albany area increased, the College expanded and revised its programs to meet those needs. An evening division was developed in 1946 to meet the needs of World War II veterans and was re-instituted in 1974 to respond to continuing education needs. In 1949, a graduate school was added to provide master’s degree programs.

Men were admitted to both the original evening and graduate divisions, and in 1969 the College...
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