College of New Rochelle

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The College of New Rochelle
Latin: Collegium Novae Rupellae
MottoWisdom for Life
TypePrivate college
Religious affiliation
Location, ,
United States

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]
MascotBlue Angels

The College of New Rochelle (CNR) was a private Catholic college with its main campus in New Rochelle, New York, but also in Australia, England, and Germany. It was founded as the College of St. Angela by Mother Irene Gill, OSU of the Ursuline Order as the first Catholic women's college in New York in 1904. The name was changed to the College of New Rochelle in 1910. The college was composed of four schools and became co-educational in 2016.[2] In early 2019, Mercy College and College of New Rochelle announced that College of New Rochelle would be absorbed into Mercy College before fall 2019, including College of New Rochelle's students, faculty, programs, and some facilities, as well as transcripts, history, and legacy of CNR alumni. Mercy College became the repository of CNR documents.[3]

On September 20, 2019, the college declared bankruptcy due to $80 million in liabilities. The campus was subsequently sold in an auction and purchased by New York Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Asylum Fund.[4] The Trustees are entrusted with the maintenance and protection of certain assets of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York including the Utica Masonic Care Community. The college site has been renamed to the Masonic Care Community of New Rochelle.


The College of New Rochelle was chartered by the Regents of the state of New York and was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.[citation needed]

The college offered undergraduate degrees including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduate degrees offered by the college included Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Science in education.[citation needed]

Of the faculty, 89% held doctoral degrees or the highest degree available in their field. The student-faculty ratio was 11:1.[5][better source needed]

Following the university model, the College of New Rochelle was composed of five separate schools: School of Arts and Sciences; School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions; School of Business; School of New Resources (for adult learners); and Graduate School.[citation needed]


The main campus was located in New Rochelle, a Westchester County, New York, city about 16 miles (26 km) north of Manhattan. In 1896, the college's founder, Mother Irene Gill, OSU, traveled to New Rochelle to explore the possibility of establishing a seminary there for young women. During this trip, 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 placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The castle was part of the campus quadrangle and housed the "Castle Gallery".[6][better source needed]

The campus consisted of 20 main buildings, including a $28M athletic, recreational, and educational complex called the Wellness Center (completed in 2008), which featured an NCAA competition-sized swimming pool, basketball court, fitness center, indoor running track, yoga studio, roof garden and meditation garden, and volleyball court; it also had 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.[citation needed]


CNR athletic teams were the Blue Angels. The college was a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), primarily competing in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) from 2004–05 to 2018–19.

CNR competed in 12 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports included baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and swimming; while women's sports included basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.


On February 22, 2019, the college announced its intention to close at the end of summer 2019. The college had failed to pay federal payroll taxes and owed the IRS an estimated $20 million. Following that discovery, the college fired faculty and staff, resulting in a lawsuit from dismissed tenured faculty. A New York State judge ruled that those dismissals were improper.[7] On March 28, 2019, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Keith Borge, the former controller of the college, with "defrauding municipal securities investors by fraudulently concealing the college's deteriorating finances." The U.S. Attorney's Office also brought criminal charges against Borge, who pleaded guilty.[8] He was subsequently sentenced to three years in jail.[9] The SEC did not file charges against the college because it cooperated with the investigation.

Later that same year, in September, the college declared bankruptcy as it had $80 million in liabilities. The campus and related materials were sold at auction and purchased by The Lodge Society Temple of New Rochelle for $32 million in a private real estate bankruptcy auction case.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

The College of New Rochelle's alumni were integrated into Mercy College's alumni community in 2019.


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  2. ^ "The College of New Rochelle left its mark on generations of women".
  3. ^ Mitchell, Alex (February 28, 2019). "Mercy College student swell/Absorbs failed sister school, College of New Rochelle". Bronx Times. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Lungariello, Mark (November 25, 2019). "Sold! Masons' $32M bid for College of New Rochelle campus approved in bankruptcy court". Rockland/Westchester Journal News. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "CNR Facts". Archived from the original on January 16, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  6. ^ Leland Castle [College of New Rochelle]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1976.
  7. ^ Jaschik, Scott (February 22, 2019). "Another Private College May Close". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "SEC Charges College Official for Fraudulently Concealing Financial Troubles from Municipal Bond Investors". United States Securities and Exchange Commission. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Former Controller Of College Of New Rochelle Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Failure To Pay Payroll Taxes And Securities Fraud". US Department of Justice. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
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  12. ^ "CICU: Mary Donahue Biography". Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "About CNR". 2013-05-07. Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2022-05-08.
  14. ^ Risen, Clay (2021-02-05). "Margaret C. Snyder, the U.N.'s 'First Feminist,' Dies at 91". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-05-08.
  15. ^ Disney Corporate Website Archived September 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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