The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, is one of the best kept secrets in the Capital District.  The school is a haven of activity and has a small (but) bustling campus green.  This is not a community of commuters dropping in to take a class, but rather a home to 5000 students engaged and excited about their academic and co-curricular pursuits.

The facilities are a combination of state of the art buildings, such as the recently opened Massry Center for the Arts, home to a 400-seat auditorium featuring ‘state of the art’ acoustics, and older renovated turn of the century Victorians. The school has made a commitment to improving and upgrading all its buildings with many different phases of construction seen around campus.  Directly behind the Massry Center is the soon-to-be completed communications center, scheduled to open February 2010.

St. Rose has a stellar reputation for producing dynamic educators.  The programs are abundant and the new Lally School of Education building is one of the top in the field.  But there is more to St. Rose than the Lally School. Sixty-three available majors include those in Music Industry, Sports Management, or one of the six combined bachelor’s/master’s degrees that can be completed in five years or less.  The size of the school is manageable—always new people to meet, but often a familiar face on campus.  The city location and close proximity to other colleges and universities make St. Rose a happening place to be a college student.

At less than $33,000 a year with 95% of all students receiving financial aid, and the average financial aid award at approximately $18,000, St. Rose is also one of the best buys around. The College is committed to enrolling high achieving students and has “put its money where its mouth is” as evidenced by the number of academic merit scholarships given each year to qualified students. These awards are based purely on academic merit and are available to both first-year and transfer students.

St. Rose is also a top competitor in DII athletics.  The Golden Knights boast a women’s soccer team which (at this writing) is #2 in the country. Once again St. Rose has shown its commitment to students by continuing to make it a great place to study and live.  The college’s new athletic fields will help to continue the Golden Knights’ success.  The new fields will also allow for the addition of a men’s lacrosse team next year.

Housing is guaranteed for all four years and helps to foster a sense of community for students from around the Capital District and 16 represented states. Although St. Rose is no longer formally affiliated with the Catholic Community, it does have a deep commitment to interfaith understanding and dialogue. It is home to a multicultural population representing different cultures and experiences at the campus table.

St. Rose is an easy trip from anywhere in the Capital Region.  If you haven’t visited and are thinking a mid-size school in an urban setting might be a good fit for you—you may not have to look any further!