The School of Arts & Sciences offers a unique environment where women can learn in an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and support. A faculty of approximately 45 full-time and 60 part-time professors provide academic supervision to the 500 young women enrolled in the School. Undergraduate programs in the traditional disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences and a number of professionally oriented fields are offered to students who have the ability, motivation, and talent to succeed in a competitive academic setting.
The School’s Liberal Arts Core Program provides a well-balanced preparation in the liberal arts. Strong internship and cooperative education programs allow students to earn credit while working in various career-oriented settings such as the United Nations, the New York Stock Exchange, radio and television networks, museums, and advertising agencies.
The School of Arts & Sciences constantly reaffirms the value of a women’s college as a place where women can live, work, and study together in an atmosphere designed to support their personal and professional goals. With over 10,000 graduates, the School counts among its alumnae women who have made their mark on every field of endeavor. Company presidents, scientists, judges and lawyers, doctors and nurses, artists and teachers, as well as those who have devoted their lives to religious and public service trace their career beginnings to the School of Arts & Sciences.
Statement of Aims
The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 as a Catholic liberal arts college for women by the religious of the Ursuline Order, internationally known for their commitment to the education of women. The College holds its charter from the State of New York and is governed by its Board of Trustees. At present, the College comprises four schools - the School of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School, the School of New Resources, and the School of Nursing. The School of Arts & Sciences remains exclusively for women.
The School of Arts & Sciences has preserved its tradition of offering a strong liberal arts education for women. The concrete implications of this type of education can be summarized in terms of the School’s commitment to academic excellence, the development of values, and the provision of an education directed toward the needs of women today.
In its pursuit of academic excellence, the School of Arts & Sciences places special emphasis on the development of those intellectual skills which typify an educated person. These include the ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively, to construct a systematic and logical argument, to think analytically and critically, to handle quantitative methods with competence, to apply knowledge concretely and creatively, and to perceive the relationship between facts and ideas, as well as between different types of ideas. The School seeks to foster in its students a genuine respect for knowledge and a continuous desire to learn, which will make the pursuit of knowledge a lifelong activity.
Believing that education must by its very nature involve values, the School is committed to the development of religious, aesthetic, moral, and personal values. The School of Arts & Sciences emphasizes an awareness of the importance of the Judaic-Christian heritage as a fundamental part of our culture. The School also promotes an understanding of the religious elements in human life and the role of faith in the formation and actualization of values.
Aesthetic values enrich our lives, and the School fosters an understanding of the arts. The School also seeks to help students develop an awareness of the wide range of possible moral choices and the methods of discriminating among these choices on the basis of a personal system of values. Moreover, the breadth and diversity of experience offered by the School of Arts & Sciences encourages the development of tolerance, respect for individual differences, and sensitivity to the needs of others. Finally, the School seeks to provide an environment in which the students can grow in maturity, responsibility, and the capacity to render service to the human community.
In providing an education specially directed toward women, the School of Arts & Sciences offers women the opportunity to gain the knowledge and master the skills which will enable them to function in contemporary society. Academic preparation for careers is supplemented by many support services designed to assist students in making enlightened decisions about their future lives. Through its curricular and extracurricular activities, the School offers opportunities for women to develop their talents and leadership potential and to define their goals in an atmosphere which fosters full equality for women.
The School of Arts & Sciences admits both freshmen and transfer women students. In keeping with the goal of providing an individualized education for each of its students, the School strives to evaluate all applicants on the basis of their academic achievements, personal accomplishments, talents, and future goals. For this reason, the Admission Committee evaluates applicants in a number of ways and invites each applicant to submit any information that would help the committee in its decision.
Students interested in the School of Arts & Sciences may apply for either September or January admission. The College of New Rochelle welcomes applications from students who have the capacity and motivation to benefit from the programs which it offers.
The specific requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences and information for transfer students are provided on the following pages.
The College of New Rochelle is a selective institution and we seek to enroll students that desire the benefits of a private school grounded in the Catholic tradition. Each application is reviewed and judged on the merits of the individual. Successful applicants must demonstrate the intellectual and academic ability to succeed. There is no automatic cut-off in the admission process, either in grade point average, rank, or test score. The Admissions Committee seeks to enroll the strongest and most diverse class possible.
Students who show evidence of leadership, special talents or interests and other personal qualities through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other non-academic pursuits will receive special consideration.
Our 2010-2011 admitted students typically had:
- High School diploma or equivalent. The average high school GPA was 86.5 or 3.0. (Students from New York held the Regents diploma)
- Strong high school academic program that included:
4 units English
4 units of Social Studies
3 units of mathematics
3 units of Science
3 units of a foreign language
- Standardized test scores that indicate the promise of success in a challenging undergraduate course of study. The average SAT was 996.
It is strongly recommended that a written statement of the candidate’s academic and personal qualities be prepared by the principal, guidance counselor, or teacher and submitted with the transcript. In addition, applicants are encouraged to submit any other information in support of their credentials including an essay or personal statement. SAT or ACT scores are required. Additional information may be requested on a case-by-case basis. The application fee should be included with the completed application form. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied toward any subsequent charges. In cases of economic hardship, a fee waiver may be requested.
For art majors, a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces is required for art scholarship consideration and should be submitted to the chairperson of the Art Department. For specific Bachelor of Fine Arts requirements, see Art Department section.
Regular Admission Decision
The College’s rolling admission system begins November 1, and usually allows a decision to be reached within two weeks of the completion of an applicant’s admission folder. Students are encouraged to submit their admission credentials as early as possible and, if accepted, to enroll by May 1. Students accepted after May 1 should enroll as soon as possible.
An applicant who has selected The College of New Rochelle as her first choice may apply for an early decision on admission and financial aid. Applications for September admission must be submitted by November 1. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than December 15. The early decision option does not apply to applicants for January admission.
High school juniors who have completed 15 academic units and can submit evidence of strong academic ability are eligible for admission after three years of high school. The early admission candidate must submit SAT scores, a high school transcript, a recommendation from the guidance counselor, and written approval from the parents. The student must also have an admission interview.
While not usually required, an interview is highly recommended. The interview enables the applicant to receive further information about the College and enhances her admission credentials through the oral presentation of additional strengths or talents. Applicants are also invited to take a tour of the campus and to visit classes. Campus visits can be arranged through the Office of Admission. Call 1-800-933-5923.
For admission purposes, you are a transfer student if you have registered at a college or university after graduating from high school. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the transferring institution and have performed well in a strong academic program.
- If you have earned fewer than 24 credits at the time of application, your high school transcripts and SAT scores must also be submitted.
- In general, all courses completed with grades of C- or better and similar to those found in this catalog will be considered for transfer, up to a maximum of 75 credits.
- Transfer students who have completed an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree with a minimum of 60 credits will be granted junior status. The official transcript must indicate that the Associate degree was earned.
- For students with Associate’s degrees from institutions with which the School of Arts & Sciences has articulation agreements, the liberal arts core requirements will usually be satisfied. For students with the Associate in Arts Degree from other institutions, the liberal arts core requirements will be satisfied, assuming the skills requirements in mathematics and writing are also met. In addition, if a student would like to receive credit for an elementary level foreign language taken at another institution, two semesters of that foreign language are needed to transfer credits.
- Transfer students who are deemed to have fulfilled the liberal arts core are encouraged, but not required, to complete the 3-credit INS400 Viewpoints course. For course descriptions please refer to “Viewpoints” under the Liberal Arts Categories in this catalog.
- The transfer student must usually complete one half of her major and minor courses at The College of New Rochelle. In addition, 30 of the credits required in residence must be completed on the junior or senior level.
- A transfer student intending to pursue an art major is required to show the Chairperson of the Art Department a portfolio of her work to determine her proficiency.
Offers of admission are conditional, pending receipt of all official records showing successful completion of academic work in progress.
Transfer students are encouraged to participate in one of the Transfer Days, which are scheduled throughout the year.
Students who have withdrawn from the College, or who have not attended for more than two semesters, and wish to be considered for readmission must contact the Office of the Dean, School of Arts & Sciences. In addition, official transcripts of any college-level work completed following withdrawal from The College of New Rochelle must be submitted. Students who are returning to the School of Arts & Sciences after having stopped out for more than two years need to fulfill the liberal arts core and major requirements that are in force at the time of their reentry.
Credits Earned Through Examination
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The School of Arts & Sciences allows a maximum of 15 credits toward the degree only for entering students who have successfully passed examinations in the College-Level Examination Program (sponsored by the Educational Testing Service). For CLEP General Examinations (offered in the areas of English composition, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences-history) the recommendations of the Commission of Accreditation of Service Experience of the American Council on Education will be followed in the determination of passing scores. For CLEP Subject Examinations, the recommendations of the Council on College-Level Examinations will be followed in making this determination. CLEP credits may be used to fulfill requirements in the major field only with the approval of the department chairperson.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Applicants who have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) courses may apply for a maximum of 18 credits. The credits will be awarded for courses with scores of at least 5. With the receipt of official results, IB credits may be applied to the skills competencies of the School, or to the liberal arts core requirements, or to general electives.
Candidates may submit scores on Advanced Placement examinations of the College Board. Three credits are awarded for a grade of 3 or 4 on the Advanced Placement examinations; six credits are awarded for a grade of 5. Credits awarded for Advanced Placement courses may be applied to the skills competencies of the School, or to the requirements in the Liberal Arts Core Program, or to elective courses (see catalog summary of the Liberal Arts Core Program ).
The transcripts of international students are evaluated in accordance with the educational procedures of the native country. Emphasis is placed on the international student’s facility with the English language. Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a minimum score of 550 (or 213 on the computerized exam) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) which is administered by the Educational Testing Service. English language proficiency may also be demonstrated by achieving a score of 109 on the ESL Language Test. International transfer students must have their credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation agency. The College will advise prospective students of the name and address of the current agency. In addition, international students must submit a Certification of Finances to enable the College to issue an I-20 form.
Adults who are interested in beginning or completing the undergraduate degree, or in registering for an occasional special-interest course, are welcome at the School. Women may enter as degree candidates or as non-matriculated students on either a full-time or part-time basis. Those seeking to matriculate should make application through the Admission Office; those seeking entrance on a non-matriculated basis should make application to the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. Men who wish to register for course work at the School may do so on a non-matriculated basis only; they should make application to the Dean.
Adults are also served by the School of Nursing - which offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree; and an accelerated program of study for R.N.s and transfer students seeking the B.S.N. or M.S. degree. For more information or a catalog, contact School of Nursing, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 10805, 1-800-948-4766.
The College’s School of New Resources offers a baccalaureate liberal arts program designed specifically for women and men over 21 years of age. The School has six campuses within the New York City metropolitan area. For further information and a catalog, contact School of New Resources, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 10805, 1-800-288-4767.
The College’s Graduate School programs reflect a service orientation in the fields of general and special education, school administration, art education and therapy, studio art, psychology, gerontology, communication arts, teaching English to speakers of other languages, career development, and guidance and counseling. Although most graduate courses are offered on the New Rochelle campus, many are given at sites in the metropolitan area and most classes meet in the evenings or on weekends. For further information and a catalog, contact Graduate School, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 10805, 914-654-5334.
After payment of the reservation deposit and prior to the beginning of classes, all new students must submit a health report on a form provided by the College. Official enrollment does not take effect until the report has been received and approved by the College health officials.