College of New Rochelle

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The College of New Rochelle
Latin: Collegium Novae Rupellae
Motto Wisdom for Life
Type Private
Established 1904
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Ursulines)
Endowment $17.1 million[1]
President Dr. Dorothy Escribano (Interim)
Academic staff
Undergraduates 4,000 (total at 6 campuses)
Location New Rochelle, New York, USA
Campus Suburban, 20 acres
Colors Blue & White[2]

NCAA Division III (independent)

Affiliations MSA
Sports 8 varsity teams
Mascot Blue Angels

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:

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions
  • School of New Resources (for adult learners)
  • Graduate School

The School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions 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 Graduate School offers a broad range of master's degrees and certificate programs.

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 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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 interim president is Dr. Dorothy Escribano.

Change in Leadership[edit]

In October 2016, the Board of Trustees announced Judith Huntington's resignation as President of the College. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Dorothy Escribano was named Interim President, and Kevin Cavanagh, Vice President of Enrollment Management,agreed to serve as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning.

According to a statement by the Board Chair, "Our foremost responsibility is to the students and their families who have invested their resources and their futures in the quality academic programming that the College has provided. We have made these changes because we are looking in new directions to protect and preserve the mission of The College of New Rochelle."

The full statement and an FAQ page was posted to the College's website.


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 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 (launched in fall 2016) in Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, and Tennis. Baseball, Men's Cross Country and Women's Soccer will be introduced in the fall 2017. Cheerleading is also offered as a year-round program.


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.

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[edit]

Current clubs and organizations[edit]

The College of New Rochelle that has more than 15 clubs and organizations that pertain to interests such as sports, gender/ethnicity, and major of study, among others.[5]

Special programs[edit]

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.

CNR in culture and art[edit]

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[edit]


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