The College of New Rochelle (CNR) is a private Catholic college with its main campus located in New Rochelle, New York, United States. 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. Building on its original commitment to women, the college reaches out to those who have not previously had access to higher education. It places particular emphasis on the concept of lifelong learning. Three of the four schools are now co-ed.
Following the university model, the College of New Rochelle is composed of four separate schools:
Its oldest school, the School of Arts & Sciences was established in 1904 as a women's college and still enrolls only women students. It offers courses in the liberal arts, pre-medicine, pre-law, communication arts and business. Both men and women may enroll in the School of Nursing, the School of New Resources (for adult learners) and the Graduate School.
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.
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"
The campus consists of 20 main buildings including a $28MM athletic, recreational and educational complex called The Wellness Center (completed in 2008), including an 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, TV production studio and the Debra and Russel Taylor Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies; the 200,000-volume Gill Library; the Student Campus Center; the Rogick Life Sciences Building with many laboratories; four residence halls; and the Learning 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 Association of Division III Independents (D3 Independents) and locally the Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference (HVWAC). The Blue Angels have a rich athletic history, which includes numerous NCAA records and All American selections.
With competitions offered in Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Tennis, Swimming, and Cross Country, the College offers a varied and competitive program. Cheerleading is offered as a year-round program administered by the Athletic Department. Club Soccer has been a recent addition to the athletic program.
The first mention of sports at CNR is in the St. Angela’s Quarterly in 1905. A coach was hired to organize a basketball team. By 1908, annual inter-class athletic meets began between the “odds” and “evens” (year of graduation). The meets became a focus of inter-class spirit and competition—often reaching a fevered pitch. Each class had its own colors, banners, and songs which were brought out for the meet. Ingenious ways and places of getting the class banner to the highest point on campus put lives in peril as students scaled trees, sneaked up to the Castle towers, or climbed onto roofs to place the class banner. Held in the fall and spring, the meets initially involved gymnastic drills as well as basketball. Later, track and field competitions were held and awards were given. The meets continued until the early 1940s. Intramural sports were popular—basketball, volleyball, golf, hockey, tennis, and riding. In 1916, CNR began playing basketball with other college teams.
In less than 30 years, the growing College needed a much larger and more modern gymnasium than the gym in Chidwick. In 1932, at the height of the Depression, the ultra-modern Art Deco Sports Building was completed—with a pool, gymnasium, social rooms, equipment, and exercise rooms. The Athletic Association was open to anyone interested in sports, as a team member or supporter. Dues paid for some new equipment, parties, prizes, and speakers. In later years, a full CNR scholarship was offered every four years, fundraised by the Athletic Association through sponsored games and dances.
Sports lost some of their appeal during the politically-turbulent late 1960s-1970s, but the annual Swimphony/Landphony water and land ballet competition begun when the pool was opened continued to spark class spirit and inter-class competition into the 1990s. Exercise equipment was added in the 1970s, and the pool was often opened in the summer to day camps and residents of Residence Park.
The College of New Rochelle joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association during the mid-1980s. CNR’s basketball team took the name “Blue Angels” and won a number of local championships, a state championship and a NCAA Tournament bid, losing in the Championship Game.
The College also elevated the sports of volleyball, swimming, tennis, and softball to NCAA status. CNR athletic teams have produced many successful team and individual records during their NCAA tenure.
Today, the “Blue Angels” remain an NCAA Division III Member and compete locally in the Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference and the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association. They have continued to place in the top echelon of the HVWAC, with the Volleyball Team winning the Championship.
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.
Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference (HVWAC)
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.
Participating in student clubs and organizations provides students with the opportunity to discover new talents, make new friends, and gain exposure to various professions.
Annales is The College of New Rochelle's yearbook.
Black Ice (Step Team)
Black Ice is a step dance group that hosts an annual signature event, which takes place during the Spring Semester. Black Ice performs at events hosted by other clubs and organizations.
Blue Angel Cheerleaders
A group of athletes who promote school spirit and CNR pride. CNR cheerleaders cheer at all home basketball games, campus events and the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Day parade. They hold fundraisers and participate in a variety of community service activities. Cheerleading is both an athletic team and a club.
Black Student Union (BSU)
BSU raises diversity awareness at The College. Over the years, BSU has implemented programs that expose students to various facets of the African culture. Their signature event is the Evening of Elegance that includes dinner, dance, and a fashion show.
Class Boards are responsible for the planning and execution of various programs and fund-raising activities that promote class unity and school spirit. Boards are elected annually by each individual class.
CNR Drama helps to develop an interest among students and faculty in the creation of theater arts. The fall event is usually a musical, while the spring event is a drama.
CNR Model United Nations (CNRMUN)
CNRMUN offers an awareness of international concerns to our College Community. The club develops students’ abilities in discussion and critical thinking about world issues. They participate in the annual National Model United Nations Conference.
The College of New Rochelle Student Nurses’ Association (CNR S.N.A.)
SNA seeks to provide programs of fundamental and current professional interests and concerns. The group assists student nurses with realizing their professional role and responsibility in the healthcare field and publishes The Student Protocol newsletter.
The choir serves to uplift its members and the college community spiritually through concerts, fundraising and acts of service.
Latin American Women’s Society (L.A.W.S.)
This organization helps to promote campus awareness as they pertain to the needs of Latin American women. Their signature event is the annual Cervantes Dinner/Dance held in April.
Phoenix is the literary and arts magazine for the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing.
Science and Math Society (SAMS)
SAMS is a club dedicated to developing scholarly attitudes while encouraging exploration within the scientific and mathematical fields. The club holds trips and study sessions for regular classes and the MCAT exam.
As CNR’s student-run weekly newspaper, the Tatler serves as the voice of student concerns, as well as a vehicle for information important to CNR students.
Women In Lasting Defense of the Environment (W.I.L.D.E.)
W.I.L.D.E is a group of students dedicated to increasing campus awareness about environmental concerns. They conduct an annual Earth Day Game Show, hold fundraisers to benefit a variety of ecological causes and host cleanup efforts at the local marshlands.
Femmes d'Esprit is the literary magazine of the Honors Program. Published four times per year, it features poetry reviews and artwork by undergraduates in the Honors Program as well as faculty.
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. Recent trips have included:
The Office of Student Development and The Student Government Association value the traditions of The College of New Rochelle. Both Student Development and the SGA celebrate a host of traditions and implement a variety of events that engage, not only students in campus life, but the entire college community.
Traditional events at include: Activities Fair
Held every September, this event gives SGA clubs and organizations and College departments the opportunity to promote the group’s programs and activities and to attract new and continuing members.
The College of New Rochelle celebrates the Urusline tradition and academic heritage every October. The day is filled with college-wide events that acknowledge the founding principles and reaffirm the mission of The College.
Each fall, CNR welcomes families to campus in an autumn tradition that celebrates both students and their families. This weekend provides families with an opportunity to visit the campus and engage in their students’ experience at The College.
It’s the Battle of the Classes! Students from the freshman through senior classes compete in friendly challenges that build and promote school spirit and unity!
An annual tradition for over 35 years, it is the largest event sponsored by the Student Government Association and run by CNR Students that is open to the College Community and the public. Music, strawberry foods, inflatable entertainment, games, and children’s rides provide an environment of fun for all!
Additional events sponsored by Student Development & the Student Government Association (SGA) include:
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.
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 campus at the Wellness Center.
CNR alumni include 36 returned Peace Corp volunteers.
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