Breaking News: College of Saint Rose Board Votes to Shut Down Campus

Check out these incredible photos of The College of Saint Rose campus and surrounding buildings, looking east down Western Ave in Albany, NY on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. Will Waldron/Times Union captured the stunning images.

Another exquisite snapshot of the exterior of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, was taken by Lori Van Buren/Times Union.

The College of Saint Rose campus looking north on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, in Albany, N.Y. was elegantly photographed by Will Waldron/Times Union, showcasing the stunning campus and its surroundings.

Another captivating photo, also taken by Will Waldron/Times Union, provides a fantastic preception, as it shows The College of Saint Rose campus and surrounding buildings, looking north across Western Ave. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, in Albany, N.Y.

The closure of The College of Saint Rose after 103 years delivered a major blow to the community. Saint Rose interim President Marcia White confirmed the decision to close at the end of the academic year following the May 11 graduation. White described it as a “truly heartbreaking” turn of events for the school, faculty, staff, and students.

With the closure impacting hundreds of employees and a multitude of students, a great deal of vacant properties in the Pine Hills neighborhood will be left behind. This unexpected decision has also raised various implications for the city of Albany.

While the campus faced ongoing financial struggles, the closure is a tragic end to a once vibrant period. Despite consistent public optimism and downsizing efforts, it was unable to reverse its dwindling enrollment. The last few years were marked by various strategic measures to survive financially.

The impacts will be felt far and wide. The consequences of the closure will be devastating for current and prospective students. In addition to the hardships faced, uncertain transfer options loom large. The college’s properties on Madison Avenue, Western Avenue and Partridge Street will remain empty, raising doubts over their future use.

The implications of this closure will extend beyond the immediate community. The urban landscape and higher education landscape in Albany will feel its aftershocks.


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