College of New Rochelle

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The College of New Rochelle
Latin: Collegium Novae Rupellae
MottoWisdom for Life
Academic staff
Undergraduates3,000 (total at 5 campuses)
LocationNew Rochelle, New York, USA
40°54′06″N 73°46′52″W / 40.901664°N 73.781197°W / 40.901664; -73.781197Coordinates: 40°54′06″N 73°46′52″W / 40.901664°N 73.781197°W / 40.901664; -73.781197
CampusSuburban, 20 acres
ColorsBlue & White[1]
AthleticsNCAA Division III (independent)
Sports8 varsity teams
MascotBlue 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 Ursuline Order 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 Arts & Sciences is a traditional undergraduate program prepares students for successful careers through a robust liberal arts foundation, a strong focus on real-world skills and experiences, offering more than 30 degree programs.

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 School of New Resources offers undergraduate degrees in a setting designed for adult learners at five campuses — the main campus in Westchester County and four in New York City.

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 & Healthcare Professions [2] 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.

Of the faculty, 89% hold doctoral degrees or the highest degree available in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1.[3]

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.

On March 21, 2018, the College announced the appointment of Dr. William Latimer as its 14th President.


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" [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, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball and men's athletics in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming, and Tennis. Cheerleading is also offered as a year-round program.

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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