What it’s like to be a transfer student at Albany’s College of Saint Rose

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By Gianluca Russo

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After many months of hard work and dedication, college is finally out and summer vacation has officially begun. And while there is still three months of relaxation and vacation adventures ahead of us, the fall semester will quickly arrive before we even know it. For those transferring to a four-year university, anxiety levels may be at all-time high. A new campus, new professors, new friends, and a completely new atmosphere may be quite overwhelming. Thankfully, a number of transfer schools have provided support for new students attending in the fall, including the College of Saint Rose.

Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, St. Rose is a four year institution located in Albany, New York, open to those of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Hundreds of transfer students are accepted each year and with over 60 different undergraduate programs, there is a place at St. Rose for everyone.

What can you expect if transferring to St. Rose? Not only does the school provide a rich and invigorating educational experience, but there are a wide variety of programs and activities to make all students feel accepted and welcome. Among the over 30 clubs and extracurricular activities available are Colleges Against Cancer, Best Buddies, the Capital District Association for the Education of Young Children, the American Choral Director’s Association, the School Psychology Association, and St. Rose Television Club.

Michelina Scotti, current History major at St. Rose, couldn’t be more thrilled with her college experience thus far. While also minoring in Computer Science, Scotti found that her institution provided a wide array of activities to suit the interests of each student. “St. Rose offers extracurricular activities involving both academics and clubs pertaining to particular activities, such as games and dance,” she explains. “Academic groups allow for students to further their knowledge in a specific field while special interest activities can allow students of various fields to meet students from other departments.”

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Another great way to meet those with similar interest at St. Rose is by partaking in the school’s community service opportunities.  These include participating in Social Justice Week, volunteering at Reach Out Saint Rose Day, traveling and completing service at the UN or in Washington or Guatemala, or helping to plan spring break trips for students in need.

Unlike many other schools, St. Rose offers guaranteed acceptance to students who have completed an associate’s degree at an accredited institution. These students must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above. This ruling allows the acceptance of a very diverse selection of applicants, rounding out the college’s community of students. Community college students may transfer up to 70 credits while those coming from a four-year institution may transfer up to 90. To graduate, students must complete at least 122 credit hours.

Though extra-curricular activities may be an added bonus to transferring to St. Rose, the most important aspect is attaining a strong education. As Scotti explains, the professors at St. Rose are incredibly kind and resourceful, also available to help their students with different problems, whether they be academic or not. The professors also aim to engage students in their education and to prepare them fully for future career endeavors.

“St. Rose is a great choice for college because the community is one that strives to achieve greatness through community involvement and kindness. Professors are dedicated to creating exciting classes and urge students to become big parts of the Albany community as well as the St. Rose community,” says Scotti.

St. Rose also offers programs for international and veteran transfer students. With students from over 25 countries attending the institution each year, the school provides a home for everyone.

In 2015, the Veteran Center at Saint Rose was opened to welcome those of the military and army community to further their education and obtain a degree. Being a Yellow Ribbon school, St. Rose provides free tuition to a veteran or dependent that is eligible under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Up to 15 credits are accepted from military training and many benefits and scholarships are available to all transferring veterans.

For those looking to not only expand their education but to acquire a fantastic college experience, The College of St. Rose may just be the choice for you. Nervous about transferring? Scotti left us with a little advice for incoming students.

“My advice to new students is to be as friendly possible and talk with everyone and anyone! Obviously it can be hard when going to a new school, but the St. Rose community is extraordinarily kind and outgoing, and all faculty, staff, and students make the shift from high school to college or from a different college to St. Rose a very easy and exciting time.”

Transfer applications for the fall semester are due by June 15 while applications for the spring are due by December 1. For more information, visit www.strose.edu/transfer.

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