College of New Rochelle

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The College of New Rochelle
Latin: Collegium Novae Rupellae
Motto Wisdom for Life
Established 1904
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Ursulines)
Endowment $17.1 million[1]
President Judith Huntington
Academic staff
Undergraduates 4,000 (total at 6 campuses)
Location New Rochelle, New York, USA
Campus Suburban, 20 acres
Colors Blue & White[2]
Athletics NCAA Division III (independent)
Sports 8 varsity teams
Mascot Blue Angels
Affiliations MSA

The College of New Rochelle (CNR) is a private Catholic college with its main campus located in New Rochelle, New York. The College of St. Angela was founded by the Order of the Ursulines as the first Catholic women's college in New York state in 1904, a time when women were generally excluded from higher education. The name was changed to The College of New Rochelle in 1910. Today, the College is composed of four schools and is fully coeducational.


Following the university model, The College of New Rochelle is composed of four separate schools:

This traditional undergraduate program in the School of Arts & Sciences prepares women and men for successful careers through a robust liberal arts foundation, a strong focus on real-world skills and experiences, and a distinctive curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and individual empowerment. Programs are characterized by challenging academics, outstanding faculty, and small classes, positioning students to excel both on campus and in their professional lives.

The School of Nursing boasts a rigorous academic program specializing in extensive professional preparation and a compassionate approach to patient care inspired by the College's Ursuline heritage. Undergraduate and graduate programs include traditional four-year BSN programs as well as programs for those looking to change careers, and registered nurses seeking to advance their education.

The School of New Resources offers undergraduate degrees in a setting designed for adult learners from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. Students work closely with advisors to develop a degree plan that takes into account their experience and work and family responsibilities, resulting in a set of realistic goals and an attainable path to an undergraduate degree. Seven locations — in New Rochelle, Brooklyn, Co-op City, Harlem, South Bronx, Yonkers, and at DC37 Union Headquarters—allow students to pursue their studies within their own communities. Each features small, seminar-style classes where close relationships and a shared sense of purpose unite students and faculty.

The Graduate School offers a broad range of master's degrees and certificate programs that provide motivated students with the professional knowledge and practical skills they need to make a meaningful difference in their chosen field. Graduate students join a dynamic learning community where students work collaboratively and dedicated faculty serve as professional mentors and offer personalized guidance.

The College of New Rochelle is chartered by the Regents of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The School of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

The college offers undergraduate degrees including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduate degrees include Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Science in Education.

CNR has 118 full-time faculty and instructional staff and 640 adjunct faculty. Of the faculty, 89% hold doctoral degrees or the highest degree available in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1.[3]

The school's current president is Judith Huntington.


The main campus is located in New Rochelle, a suburban Westchester city about 16 miles (26 km) north of Manhattan. In 1896, the college's founder, Mother Irene Gill, traveled to New Rochelle to explore the possibility of establishing a seminary there for young women. It was during this trip that she came across Leland Castle, an 1850s gothic revival structure and former vacation home of wealthy New York hotelier Simeon Leland. The castle was purchased in 1897 and became the first structure of the College. It has since been designated a National Historic Site. The castle is part of the campus quadrangle and currently houses the "Castle Gallery". The college's art collections include a Museum Set of 75 photographs by Ansel Adams"[4]

The campus consists of 20 main buildings including a $28M athletic, recreational and educational complex called The Wellness Center (completed in 2008), which features a NCAA competition-sized swimming pool, basketball court, fitness center, indoor running track, yoga studio, roof garden and meditation garden, and volleyball court; The Mooney Center with computer and photography labs, and TV production studio; the 200,000-volume Mother Irene Gill Memorial Library; the Student Campus Center; the Rogick Life Sciences Building with many laboratories; four residence halls; and the Learning Resource Center for Nursing.


The College of New Rochelle Blue Angels, who make their home in the College's new Wellness Center, are an NCAA Division III athletic program and a member of the Eastern College Athletics Conference (ECAC), Association of Division III Independents (D3 Independents) and locally the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC). The Blue Angels have a rich athletic history, which includes numerous NCAA records and All American selections.

The College offers a varied and competitive varsity program with women's athletics in Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Tennis, Swimming, and Cross Country and men's athletics (launching in fall 2016) in Basketball and Swimming. Men's Soccer and Volleyball will be offered at the club level beginning in fall 2016 and at the varsity level in fall 2017. Cheerleading is also offered as a year-round program.

Affiliation Conferences

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
This association provides for post-season competition on a regional and national level. We are obligated to comply with the regulations established by the NCAA.

The number of events, number of student-athletes, length of season and student-eligibility are some of the aspects that the Coaches are responsible for knowledge of these regulations.

Eastern College Athletics Conference (ECAC)

In the 75 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation's largest Conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina, and westerly to Missouri. In the 2014-15 academic year, the ECAC will host nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes.

Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC)
This is the local conference consisting of colleges in the Greater New York area. The conference offers season and post-season competition in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and Tennis. Two general meetings are held each academic year. Two sports meetings are held each season. The coaches are invited to attend the general meetings.

Association of Division III Independents (AD3I)
The Association of Division III Independents has evolved from an association where the purpose was to provide a unified voice to issues of common concern for independent institutions, to operating more like a conference in terms of offering exempted postseason championship opportunities, and enhanced recognition and stats programs for outstanding independent student-athletes.

Student activities

Participating in student clubs and organizations provides students with the opportunity to discover new talents, make new friends, and gain exposure to various professions.

Current Clubs & Organizations

Annales (CNR yearbook)
Black Ice (step team)
Blue Angel Cheerleaders
Black Student Union (BSU)
Class Boards
CNR Drama
CNR Model United Nations (CNRMUN)
CNR Student Nurses’ Association (CNR S.N.A.)
Gospel Choir
Latin American Women’s Society (L.A.W.S.)
Science and Math Society (SAMS)
Tatler (student newspaper)
Women In Lasting Defense of the Environment (W.I.L.D.E.)
Femmes d'Esprit (literary magazine)

The Office of Student Development and the Student Government Association sponsor a number of off-campus trips and tours throughout the academic year. Due to CNR’s proximity to New York City, most trips explore Manhattan and expose students to all the city has to offer. Students are always encouraged to make suggestions for future off-campus trips and tours.

Special programs

Study Abroad: Students may study abroad for a semester, a full year or during winter break. Scholarships are available through the Russel and Deborah Taylor Foundation.

Honors Program: The Honors Program provides an opportunity for highly motivated students to pursue independent study and to earn an honors degree. Ursula Hall is home to the Honor's Wing, a renovated portion of the residence hall equipped with quiet study area's, a renovated kitchen, communal area's and a technology center with docking stations, printers and scanners.

Cooperative Education

Alumni Awards

Ursula Laurus citation

Angela Merici Medal

Woman of Achievement Award

CNR in Culture and Art

The movie Gods Behaving Badly (2012) (starring Alicia Silverstone, Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken) was filmed on the New Rochelle campus at the Wellness Center.

In the feature-length film Little Miss Perfect (2014)(directed by Marlee Roberts), the New Rochelle campus serves as the prep school attended by the film's star, Belle. The final scene was shot in Maura Ballroom.

Scenes from the indie movie Brother's Keeper (2014) (starring Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Kroll, and Jane Krakowski and directed by Ross Katz) were filmed on campus at the Wellness Center and the Sweeny Student Center.

Scenes from the film Indignation (2016) (starring Sarah Gadon and Logan Lerman) were filmed on campus in 2015.

Scenes from the film Nowhere Ever After (2016) (starring Melanie Lynskey and Nelsan Ellis) were filmed on campus in 2015.

Notable alumni


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