Russell Sage College for women was founded by philanthropist Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage.
1918 – 1920
Russell Sage College granted its first baccalaureate degree in 1918 and graduated its first class in 1920.
The New York State Board of Regents granted a separate charter for Russell Sage College and reaffirmed the status of Emma Willard as a secondary school.
To support our troops during World War II, Russell Sage College enrolled men. The men’s division of Russell Sage College later received additional support through the G.I. Bill of 1944.
A co-ed evening division opened in Albany, offering two-year, four-year and graduate degrees under the charter of Russell Sage College.
The co-ed Junior College of Albany was created, Albany’s first and only independent junior college at the time.
The Junior College of Albany became a four-year college, renamed Sage College of Albany.
Sage restructured its graduate school around areas of strength and expertise to create the schools of Education, Health Sciences and Management.
The Sage Colleges is one family of institutions, sharing the same name and commitment to excellence in education: Russell Sage College for Women, Sage College of Albany, Sage Graduate Schools, and the School of Professional and Continuing Education.